Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #33

I had originally thought about putting up the AMC Pacer for today's car (#33 = Larry Bird = Indiana = Pacer) but realized that, DUH, it's a Pacer... America's "answer" to cheap, well-built Japanese imports was a fishbowl.

Instead, here's what we were trying to get away from:


1970 Plymouth Barracuda. 425 HP, 426 cubic inch Hemi. 7.0L, for those that prefer metric, all of it fire-breathing, asphalt-tearing, Detroit iron. Pass everything but a gas station. I was hoping to find the Plum Crazy Purple color, but Lime Green is pretty good, too.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s - until the second oil crisis - there was a friendly war between the "Big Three" US automakers. GM had the Chevelle, the Gran Sport, 442, and GTO; FoMoCo had the Mustang, Torino GT, Cougar, and Montego; Mopar had the Charger, Challenger, Barracuda, Road Runner, Fury, and GTX. Everyone had a large V8 under the hood; all approached the holy grail of 1 horsepower per 1 cubic inch of displacement.

And most of these cars would get smoked by the new Cadillac station wagon, too...

That is all.

2 comments:

Lupis42 said...

Now, of course, we expect 100 horsepower/liter, not just a piddling 60...

Dr_Mike said...

I always thought of the Pacer as a Pinto that didn't take its birth control...