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Mmmmm , this kind of car is an "acquired taste " that long rear wing is useful in the car park to park your beers and coffee!
 

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Mmmmm , this kind of car is an "acquired taste " that long rear wing is useful in the car park to park your beers and coffee!
while , hardly anyone would admit to thinking that wing is cool .... those cars were true Detroit Muscle , what's not to like bout that ....
 

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Mmmmm , this kind of car is an "acquired taste " that long rear wing is useful in the car park to park your beers and coffee!
Definitely an EXPENSIVE acquired taste.

I do remember back in the day, that I didn't care for them. Not when there were Camaros...
 

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Not being a big NASCAR fan I may have my "facts" some what scrambled. Perhaps grandpaul or some else can straighten them out. The reason for these cars was to homolagate them for use at the super speedways. It must have worked 'cuz they were subsequently banned. There are 2 theories for the high wing. One is for it to allow opening the trunk (boot) lid for access. The other, that I go along with, is for it to be in "clean" air.
 

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The "super bird" was built to make enough and just enough units to qualify for NASCAR or whatever it was back then. In those days it was called more often "stock car" racing. To be a "stock car" it had to be a production model, so the Big Three (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) would build these cars to compete from their high performance divisions as a sales tool. Even American Motors Corp., a company born of the Little Three (I cant remember who they were, likely Studebaker was one, maybe Kaiser) produced high end Javalins and AMX's that were raced.

Back to the Roadrunner, dealers were required to take an allotment of these in those days. These would often sit on the dealers lot for over a year, in some cases much more, as they were not a popular item. As I recall, the insurance on them was high.
 

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Not being a big NASCAR fan I may have my "facts" some what scrambled. Perhaps grandpaul or some else can straighten them out. The reason for these cars was to homolagate them for use at the super speedways. It must have worked 'cuz they were subsequently banned. There are 2 theories for the high wing. One is for it to allow opening the trunk (boot) lid for access. The other, that I go along with, is for it to be in "clean" air.

Straight from the horse's mouth.


No one bought a car like this worrying about the deck lid opening, I bet.... :)
 

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I remember driving in the faux wood paneled Ford Country Squire wagon with its 429 down auto row somewhere in LA as a kid, and seeing a line of these at a dealer. Maybe it was in my dads old Pontiac LeMans....

Seeing as my ride was a gold flake Schwinn Stingray, I was highly impressed.

IIRC, gas was $.35 a gallon.
 
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Interesting that the original designer wanted it in clean air, makes a lot of sence.
Looks like Wikipedia needs to change their information on their page, not for the first
time. . . . .
 
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IIRC, gas was $.35 a gallon.
I remember regular gas was $.25 and have seen it as low as $.19 before i could drive. diesel was $.17 a gallon. amaco high test was $.35 and thought what fool would pay that for gas. my how times have changed
 

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.......back to the 70's.
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Yeah baby... bring on the big blocks...!

I could burn $100 per week easy back in 1980/81 leaving nothing to buy a propeller for the family P47.

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US 25c a gallon is 10 times that these days so based on house prices it is probably cheaper today.
 

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I remember regular gas was $.25 and have seen it as low as $.19 before i could drive. diesel was $.17 a gallon. amaco high test was $.35 and thought what fool would pay that for gas. my how times have changed
Yes but minimum wage was $1.00/hour and if you made $20K a year you were rich.
 
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