THOSE ’70S CARS

Muscle Car Review - - Letters -

The July 2018 is­sue of MCR was great! See­ing the 1974 Z28 (“Best Graph­ics Ever”) re­ally brought back mem­o­ries of a high school friend’s 1974 Z28. His was a lot like the one in the ar­ti­cle. It was gold with the D88 stripes, and it had a four-speed as well. My 1975 Olds Cut­lass Sa­lon with the 455/four­bar­rel smoked it, but he had me off the line.

Keep pub­lish­ing the ’70s cars. Per­for­mance didn’t die in 1972. Pretty quick cars could still be had. Hope­fully we’ll see the likes of the 1973-1975 Hurst/Olds Cut­lasses, maybe a 1973 GTO, Can Am, Heavy Chevy Chev­elle, Li’l Red Ex­press truck, Road Run­ner (Vo­lare), Trans Am, and so on.

Jeff Burns

Thanks for putting a 1974 Charger Ral­lye on the July cover. As a pre­vi­ous owner of a 1974 SE and cur­rently work­ing on a 1972 SE, these third-gen­er­a­tion Charg­ers are get­ting their due on the auc­tion block and among Mopar fans. But I al­ready knew that!

Randy Ham­mett

Back in 1977 I traded in my 1970 GTO for a 1977 Trans Am W72 four-speed. Ini­tially it didn’t have the punch that the GTO did, but with the ad­di­tion of a true dual ex­haust with head­ers, chang­ing the re­stric­tive fac­tory in­take for a 1970 Pon­tiac in­take, adding RA IV rock­ers, and hav­ing a now-long-de­funct shop called Speed­win Au­to­mo­tive dyno tune the car, it ran 14.40 at 96 mph. Granted, it was not a rocket ship, but it was as fast if not faster than my GTO and on par with most any mus­cle car from the 1960s. Very few parts made a world of dif­fer­ence. Those ’70s cars have got­ten a bad rap for many years, but with some mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions, you can put the P back in per­for­mance with­out any is­sue.

Gary Cella

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