The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

General Motors Strikes Again With Pride

The Chevrolet Chevelle was produced in three generation from 1964 until 1977 and is regarded as a mid size muscle car. However, it has been one of the most successful nameplates of Chevrolet available in coupe, sedan, station wagons and convertible body styles. That’s a lot of choices right there. The Chevelle was to compete with the Ford Fairlane and it had the same 11.5-inch wheelbase as its previously popular 55 Chevy. Throughout the run, the car was introduced in two door hardtop coupes, convertibles, four door sedans, and station wagons.

The 1970s is considered the apex of the muscle car era and with the introduction of the Chevrolet Chevelle it is easy to see why. Two versions were offered of the 454 cu-in V8. The LS5 delivered an impressive 360 horsepower while the LS6 delivered a more powerful 450 hp. Hardly any other muscle car delivered the horsepower of the 1970 SS 454 and it would be suffice to say that that’s what make it’s a well worth American classic!
The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle came out with redesigned features to the interiors as well. It sported a more squared up body and new options included power door locks and wiper controls. 4475 Chevelle's saw the light of day back then and it truly managed to leave behind a lot of its competition for the years that it was produced in. Its sweptback roofline and bulged hood were all part of the design that alerted passersby of the incoming beauty on the road and without doubt, it can be said that it sports special feature both inside out for a car of its time.

The 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

Late but Well Deserved Entry 
into the Muscle Car Market

The entry of Buick into the muscle car market was very late with its launch of the GSX Stage 1 however, it was regarded as one of the most luxurious and powerful brands out there. It was Buick's answer to a couple of cars at that time such as the GTO Judge by Pontiac, the 4-4-2 W-30 by Oldsmobile and HemiCuda by Plymouth. It ditched many of the traditional Buick features and adopted a more dignified branding with body striping and a rear spoiler. It was advertised as an "A Brand New Brand of Buick" and "Another 'Light Your Fire' Car from Buick" both of which seem like strong advertising strategies to point out the new and fresh design features of the car.
A 455ci engine was standard with stage 1-performance engine upgrades as optional during the first year of its release. 679 GSXs were produced in the second half of 1970. Due to the lightweight 455, it gave impressive performance. It produced the highest torque output at 510 lb-ft of any American production performance car and held this record for 33 years. It was finally broken by the Series 2 V10 Viper in 2003. In the classic cars era of the 70s the Buick GSX has the most extensive list of high performance features.
It was launched in just two colors: Saturn Yellow and Apollo White in 1970 but six more colors were introduced for the GSX in 1971 and 1972. All GSXs were painted with a standard full body length black stripe with a large area of the hood also in black. With black bucket seats, wide oval tires and a quick ratio steering Buick managed to make its mark despite entering the market late.

Ford Thunderbird

The Iconic Car of the 50's

Without doubt, the 50s saw a number of rivals and competing cars driving the competition up and this rivalry gave rise to some of the most iconic cars, which today drive car enthusiasts crazy. If one manufacturer made its marks due to their distinct styling the other revved it up with its powerful engine. However, among all the cars of the era, the Ford Thunderbird lineup stood as a glorified legend.
The Thunderbird was born with the intent to capture the younger drivers who were looking for a sportier car to drive. Ford had competition from Chevrolet, which launched its Corvette in 1953 and came up with their answer in 1955 with its designers launching the sleek and beautiful Thunderbird, which could seat 2 people, perfect for a date back then, eh!
The Thunderbird had a detachable roof panel and a V8 powered engine and despite of being in response to the sporty Corvette it made its position as a personal luxury car emphasizing on its comfort and convenience. It did really well in its first year of production and in fact outsold the Corvette by more than 23-1. The Ford Thunderbird sold 16,155 units against 700 of the Corvette. Among the first ones to sport this personal luxury car were the famous singer Frank Sinatra and actor Clark Gable.
The thunderbird evolved and changed with the changing America in the coming years but managed to retain its place in the hearts of people with its exceptional design and engine quality. its design of the late 50s to early 60s reflected as a true bird flying high with its wings spread wide, carefree of the world. If you're a fan of the 50s rock and roll you ought to be a fan of the Thunderbird as well which consistently remained a tough competitor in the luxury car category.