THOSE ’70S CARS
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.
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!
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.