American Cars, 1973–1980
Every Model, Year by Year
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About the Book
The 1973 oil crisis forced the American automotive industry into a period of dramatic change, marked by stiff foreign competition, tougher product regulations and suddenly altered consumer demand. With gas prices soaring and the economy in a veritable tailspin, muscle cars and the massive “need-for-speed” engines of the late ’60s were out, and fuel efficient compacts were in. By 1980, American manufacturers were churning out some of the most feature laden, yet smallest and most fuel efficient cars they had ever built.
This exhaustive reference work details every model from each of the major American manufacturers from model years 1973 through 1980, including various “captive imports” (e.g. Dodge’s Colt, built by Mitsubishi.) Within each model year, it reports on each manufacturer’s significant news and details every model offered: its specifications, powertrain offerings, prices, standard features, major options, and production figures, among other facts. The work is heavily illustrated with approximately 1,300 photographs.
About the Author(s)
J. “Kelly” Flory, Jr.
Format: hardcover (8.5 x 11)
Bibliographic Info: 1,381 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and Terminology ix
I. Minor Makes and Replicars 883
II. History of Captive Imports, 1973–1980 890
III. Pace Cars and Motor Trend “Car of the Year” Winners 893
IV. Option Groups and Packages 896
V. General Motors Engine RPO and VIN Codes 928
VI. Tire Sizes, Identiﬁcation and Recalls 929
VII. Aftermarket Convertible Conversions 931
VIII. Concept Cars 935
IX. Model and Body Style Codes 939
X. Manufacturer Logos, 1973–1980 942
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