Sunday, January 5, 2014
Classic Car Articles
Along with the growth of America's middle class, affordably-priced sports-cars appeared after WW2. During 1946 to 1952, many small companies introduced sports cars to the American public, including Kurtis Sportscar (later to become the Muntz Road Jet) and Nash-Healey, introduced in 1950.
Although the GTO is most often cited as the first muscle car, history shows that Pontiac wasn't the first car company to drop a big motor in a mid-sized car, but they were the first to market a mid-sized car with a big motor. The 1964 Tempest-based GTO was wildly successful, prompting other car companies to use the same formula.
After 1970, Pony car sales started falling. The '73 U.S. Oil Crisis made the gas-thirsty Pony cars fall further in the marketplace. The Challenger, Cuda, and Javelin were gone after '74. GM's Camaro and Firebird would continue, as would the Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar.
Corvettes have paced the Indy 500 race a grand total of eleven times, which is more than any other model car. The first Corvette pace car was 1978, and the most recent was 2012. Pace cars are displayed in full force at the National Corvette Museum.
In November of 1973, Road and Track magazine featured a short story by Richard Foster called "A Nice Morning Drive". Neil Pert, drummer/lyrist of Rush, loosely based "Red Barchetta" around Foster's story. It's set in a time and place where the cars we know and love are completely illegal, but not completely gone.