old GM A body

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  1. 8bit

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    Somehow GM and others were able to badge engineer cars back then, and yet the various models still had their own character and following, whereas with the 90s F body and the 2004 GTO they all seem the same. Is it possible to get back the old brand loyalty in modern times without unique powerplants or trim options? :hs:

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    GM A body 1968-77
     
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    Heres my 71 A- Body
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    Corz ha ha! snikt

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    well.. the solstice and sky pretty much did it..

    at least they're trying..
     
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    Rallye 350!!

    My dad just finished restoring his. We also have a 67 442 convertable, 1967 cutlass convertable (mine) and a 1966 cutlass.

    Just thought I'd share the A-body love.
     
  5. 8bit

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    Rallye 350 is my fave for appearance. All the cars were the same,...but they weren't the same. Even the interiors with model specific dashboards, you just don't see that anymore. It is as it was, and that's why they are collectible.:hs:

    71' Chevelle SS 454
     
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    Those days are long gone unfortunately, but it makes me appreciate my '72 Chevelle SS :)
     
  7. 8bit

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    The 1977 Can Am is worthy too, a rare car, they stopped making it because the mold for the ducktail rear spoiler broke and management wouldn't ok the expense for a new mold. It had the special W72 400 engine (optional) that was underquoted on hp, really made 260-290 horses net.

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    oh wow, a whopping 260-290 :noes: :rolleyes:

    Guys, these are all ugly cars. Lets let them stay dead. You can find an old one, restore it, and I will respect the work you put into it... But lets face it, those cars suck.
     
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    260+ is a respectable number for the "lets choke it with smog equipment and then detune it to meet emmissions" era. Even the high performance cars of that era didn't turn in numbers like that. Them sucking is a matter of opinion, but demand for them and the prices they bring says a lot of people like them :)
     
  10. Disco Dave

    Disco Dave Slightly above lurker status....

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    I have a 70 cutlass ragtop that I bought over ten years ago and haven't even touched yet. One day, I'll crack out the welder and get to it.
     
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    olds cutlass :bowdown:
     
  12. 8bit

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    Yup, how quickly they forget. The Caddy 500 cid motor was rated at only 130 hp by 1976, the original 4.1 V8 Allante was at 140 hp and the first TPI Corvette (1985) was only 230 hp, so you have to get some perspective.
     
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    My old A body was a '69 RS/SS. Put a blown 454 in it and had my fun. Then I sold it for a Grand National.
     
  14. 8bit

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    Taking out exceptions like the GN, and using the fastest A bodies of 1970 MY as a comparision, it's true to say that it wasn't until the early to mid 90s that new cars were as quick as or exceeded the acceleration standards of 1970 MY.

    :bowdown: mighty GTO

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