Those were the years of US auto manufacturers knee jerk reactions responding to the Japanese car invasion. They never really came back from those 70s disasters. Let us remember the follow up Monza line or the blowing up Pintos or the Opels and Capris, the Hornets and the Gremlins. I was a true blooded muscle car nut that went German for the next 25 years. I am back to American cars and motorcycles, but now I can work on them constantly to keep them running. I can tell you from experience that the 80s US vehicles were no better. No wonder my two millennial step daughters and husbands all have new Japanese vehicles. A travesty that I can't really explain.