Pinnacle of Classic Muscle Car Era?

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  1. SRT-Tom

    SRT-Tom Well-Known Member Super Moderator Article Writer

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    In the late 60s and early 70s, there were many exciting muscle cars.

    What do you think was the pinnacle of the classic era? In my opinion, it was 1969, for both design and performance.

    Check out these outstanding examples:

    Dodge

    Coronet Super Bee (440 Six-Pack)
    Charger R/T (440)
    Daytona (426)

    Plymouth

    Road Runner (426)
    GTX (440)

    Ford

    Mach 1 Cobra Jet Mustang (428)
    Boss 302 Mustang (302)
    Shelby GT500 (428)

    Mercury

    Cyclone CJ (428)

    Chevrolet

    Camaro Z-28 (302)
    Chevelle SS (396)

    Pontiac

    GTO Judge (400)
    Trans Am Firebird (400)

    Oldsmobile

    Hurst Olds 442 (455)

    Buick

    GS Stage 1 (400)

    AMC

    AMX (390)
     
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    '69 was the last great year for all the cars from the Big Three to AMC and others. The 1970's saw them all change (except for the Vette). When I went to the 1970 car show in Boston the changes were dramatic for many of them, the Camaro being a big change while the rest of the GM crowd got boxy and bland. Ford and Chrysler went boxy as well and not long after the engines were detuned for the gas crisis and smog control. To me the '69 car year was the best it was going to be
     
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    There were two exceptions. In 1970, Dodge and Plymouth produced the 'Cuda and Challenger R/T, although it was a little late for the "dance."
     
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    I was going to say 1970 as well but you just covered it from the Plymouth/Dodge viewpoint. I also sure liked the new Roadrunner in 1971. The 383 sure moved those things well. You could get the 440 too. These were still fast cars. Ford had some good Mustang options in 1970 and 1971 too. Any of these years would work for me.
     
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    Objectively, the era ended as individual manufacturers cut engine outputs and de-contented the cars due to gas mileage, emissions and insurance. Subjectively, I’d say 1972 was pretty much the end due to design.
     
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    Performance wise, I think 1971 was the high mark for the majority of muscle cars. 1972 started the decline due to the start of unleaded gas and insurance company premiums.
     
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    1971 was the last year for true muscle cars.
     
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    But the great music continued! What are other masker's wearing this year?

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