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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 19, 10:47 AM
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Re: When these cars were cheap and plentiful

Sounds like I grossly overpaid for my first car. 1976 I was a Jr. in high school and bought a black ‘68 4-4-2 for $900.00. I drove it for three years, but when gas was getting to be a dollar per gallon I couldn’t justify the high price of feeding it. So off it went. The next owner hit a utility pole with it and that was that.
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post #32 of 34 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 19, 12:26 PM
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I was 12 in 1970 and read all the car magazines, built car models and rode in my uncle's various vettes and musclecars. I would check out the dealer lots and remember seeing rows of 70 Chevelle SS in various colors with white or black stripes. I didn't know which to look at first. I remember opening the hood of a Liberty Blue 69 Judge to check out the ram air setup and seeing Superbirds sit on the lots until 1971.

By time I got my license in 1974, the gas crisis made musclecars cheap. I would frequent used car lots and there were plenty of choices almost all under $2,000. My insurance man told me I couldn't get anything over 400 cubic inches and no 4 speed. My choices at my $1,500 limit were an orange/black 70 383 Barracuda or a blue/white 69 Camaro SS with 325 horse 396. Unfortunately I bought the Barracuda. It was already rusting through around the windshield and rear window.

All my friends had musclecars- SS Chevelles, Trans Ams, 442s, Judges, you name it. My high school parking lot looked like a Saturday night cruise in with every type of musclecar and at least two Shelby Mustangs and a Jaguar XKE. Those were the days...
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post #33 of 34 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 19, 5:58 PM
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Here is an ad from our local dealership in 1970 - 1967 GTO for $1299, 1969 Z28 for $2399, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird for $2899.

In 1982 i bought a 69 Camaro ss350 for $800 cash, Had it a few years through high school, traded if for a fast 66 Chevelle, which I traded for my current 69 Convertible.

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post #34 of 34 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 19, 9:07 AM
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I love those old ads and photos of car dealerships taken in the 60s and 70s. I held on to a few of my car magazines from back then and I wish I would have held on to a few of the Auto Trader papers I used to get.
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