40 YEARS AGO
September 1978 (116 pages, $1.25): Ever since the 265 debuted in 1955 models, cover-blurbing the words “Chevy” or “Chevrolet” practically guaranteed magazines a jackpot of newsstand sales. Editor Lee Kelley doubled down this month in both the top and “sell” blurbs. We further teased with the mark of Zora and cover shots representing all three of the factory’s preferred performance platforms. Inside, we also track-tested the impressive prototype Macho Z from the Mecham brothers, famous for their Macho T/A. Chrysler lovers were thrown some bones, too: Gray Baskerville road-tested a rare 1970 Hemi Daytona, while a “Directly Connected” section of 340-/360-equipped street rods included John Buttera’s Weslake-headed Deuce coupe and Editor Kelley’s own 1932 Plymouth sedan.