40 YEARS AGO

Hot Rod - - Roddin’ @ Random -

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.

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