Re: When these cars were cheap and plentiful
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...