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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Plymouth Sport Fury GT

Car: Plymouth Sport Fury GT

Year: 1970

What makes it special: Starting with the prior year model, 1970 models featured Chrysler's new round-sided "Fuselage" styling. For 1970, a new hardtop coupe was added to the Sport Fury range. This was available in "GT" trim. The Sport Fury GT was part of Plymouth's "Rapid Transit System" of Muscle cars.


AJ's Car of the Day '60 Ford Galaxie Two-door Ranch Wagon

Car: Ford Galaxie Two-Door Ranch Wagon

Year: 1960

What makes it special: The 1960 Ford looked all-new with twin headlights riding in a scalloped-square front clip. The Station Wagon Series continued with Country Sedan, Country Squires and Ranch Wagon models. They now had a futuristic, sleek look. Round taillights were replaced by half-moon shaped taillights for 1960 only. There were smaller tailfins just like other models of the industry, capturing the new Space Race obsession.


AJ's Car of the Day '73 AMC Gremlin X Levi's Edition

Car: AMC Gremlin X Levi's Edition

Year: 1973

What makes it special: 1973 was the first year for the now collectible Levi's Trim Package, which consisted of special Blue Jeans spun nylon fabric seat coverings, door inserts and map storage pockets on the door panels. Orange stitching, copper rivets and Levi's tags added to the effect. Also, a "Levi's" trademark emblem on the front fenders identified Gremlin's with this specially ordered package.


AJ's Car of the Day '74 Pontiac Trans Am SD455

Car: Pontiac Trans Am SD ( Super Duty ) 455

Year: 1974

What makes it special: When Pontiac created what would become their top dog second generation F-body equipped with a near race specification 455 V8, they referred to it as "Super Duty," harking back to the drag race special Catalina's and Ventura's of the early 1960's. The 1974 models featured a redesigned "shovel-nose" front end and new wide "slotted" taillights. The Super Duty was available for both Formula Firebirds and Trans Am models for late 1973 as well as 1974.


AJ's Car of the Day '73 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28  

Year: 1973

What makes it special: The 1973 model year brought a standard impact-absorbing front bumper system to meet new no-damage standards in 5 miles per hour NHTSA safety legislation. The Rally Sport option with its chrome bumperettes on either side of an impact absorbing urethane grill surround was continued for one more year due to creative bracing behind the front sheet metal. A better-appointed interior, full instrumentation, Rally-style wheels, variable-ratio steering, sport mirrors, and hidden windshield wipers, were among other upgrades.


AJ's Car of the Day '72 Mercury Comet GT

Car: Mercury Comet GT

Year: 1972

What makes it special: Starting in 1971, the Comet name was revived on Mercury's version of Ford's Maverick compact, sharing most of its sheet-metal with it. The Comet used a different grille, taillights and hood and different badging. Comet's taillight pods were shared with the 1970 and 1971 Mercury Montego and Cyclone models.


AJ's Car of the Day '73 Dodge Dart Sport 340

Car: Dodge Dart Sport 340

Year: 1973

What makes it special: For 1973, Dodge's Demon fastback was renamed the Dart Sport in response to religious groups' complaints about the '"Demon" name and "Devil-with-Pitchfork" logo.The high-performance model was called the Dart Sport 340, and saw styling changes to go along with the name change. The Dart Sport received the same new front end as the other Darts, and its taillights were changed to two lights per side, each with a chrome trim ring. These would remain unchanged through the 1976 model year.


AJ's Car of the Day '74 Pontiac GTO Hatchback Coupe

Car: Pontiac GTO Hatchback Coupe

Year: 1974

What makes it special: In 1974, when looking for an entry into the compact muscle market that was being dominated by Plymouth's Duster 360, Ford Maverick Grabber and AMC's Hornet X, Pontiac moved its GTO option to the compact Pontiac Ventura, which shared its basic body shell and sheet metal with Chevrolet's Nova model. The GTO option was available in both the base Ventura and Ventura Custom lines as either a two-door Sedan or Hatchback. It was only available in this version for that year.


AJ's Car of the Day '71 Plymouth Hemi RoadRunner

Car: Plymouth Hemi Roadrunner

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The second generation Plymouth Roadrunner coupe's bodywork was completely changed to a more rounded "fuselage" design in keeping with then-current Chrysler styling trends, including a steeply raked windshield, hidden cowl, and deeply inset grille and headlights. The convertible model was canceled. 1971 was a high-water year for ride and handling for the Roadrunner. The overall length was increased, but the wheelbase was shortened an inch. The 440+6 and 426 Hemi V8's were available, but this would be the last year for them. Just 55 426 Hemi equipped Roadrunner's were made for 1971, and few originals have survived. 


AJ's Car of the Day '67 Pontiac Firebird Ram-Air 400 Coupe

Car: Pontiac Firebird Ram-Air 400 Coupe

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Pontiac's upmarket version of Chevrolet's Camaro Pony Car debuted mid-1967. Brought to market under John Z. DeLorean's helm at Pontiac, the original Firebird offered deluxe accessories in addition competitive Pony Car performance. Only 65 "Ram Air" Firebirds were built in 1967, equipped with 45 manual and 20 automatic transmissions.