GT500 spoiler, tail-lights

The GT350s were the real race cars, but I thought these ’68s were better looking, and, Detective Bullit drove whatever term of art distinguishes this sloping all-the-way-back version from the original fast back. Now I have to check- was this a 1 year thing in ’68 or ’67 and ’68?

Note the modern recreation in the background has the fast-back-but-level-trunk-lid like a (whatever they’re called) or a GT350 By contrast, the ’69 & ’70 body came only in the notch-back and sloping-all-the-way flavors. Between them and the hulking and clearly wrong-headed ’71, the slope-all-the-way look starts looking ponderous. The ’71,’72 however long they lasted, were not icons of desirability. Something was really wrong in Detroit by 1970, there was some genetic defect in the cars and in the people running the car companies that made every model get bigger and flabbier.

Only inventing new models kept a supply of reasonably sized, reasonably fuel consumptive vehicles available. We inherited a ’71 and ’73 Impala, and they were nothing like the ’66 I"d enjoyed riding to school in, back when. They were 17 feet long and didn’t have enough leg room in the back. (Just like 60s Lincolns… how was that even possible? They weren’t Porsches, the back seats were more than places for small children or golf clubs. They were 4 door cars. They weighed 4000+ lb and the base engine was the 350 V8). Rear seat leg room in a Camaro was about the same as these porported 4 door sedans. Sheesh!


Posted by wbaiv on 2012-05-27 07:35:47

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