There were some good cars made in the mid 70s but they weren’t made in the USA
Likely quite true, but as long as it was just a nostalgic fling, and not needed for necessary transport, it would be kind of a hoot to have a 'vintage' early Chevette now, or a Pinto.....or a Horizon hatchback......or a Pacer or Gremlin.
look at the response here from just posting a photo of that cheap-azz little car I saw this morning, and imagine the conversations you'd be having at every gas station, grocery store, and coffee shop you pulled it into if you actually had one.
Nope, 4-door Chevette hatchback...of course, they were all hatchbacks.
We (a long gone girlfriend from that period), bought a brand new 2-door Chevette in 1976, when they first came out. I liked it a lot, it was a manual 4-speed, and a fun little cheapy car to run around St. Paul with.
We wanted to buy a new VW Rabbit when they came out in '75 for, I think, $2999, but missed that first year for them, and by '76 had risen in price to the point that the new Chevette tempted us away in that direction instead. Of course, the Rabbit, being a front drive car, would have been a much better choice for those snowy St. Paul Winters, but the very light, rear-drive, Chevette offered a special level of icy road entertainment that the VW couldn't hope to match.
Our new '76 Chevette looked almost exactly like this example, 'burnt orange' exterior, though ours had a black vinyl interior.
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I had to be quick to get a shot of it as it rolled by the front of our car this morning, then got another chance a couple blocks further up the street as it turned into a Cenex station.
What? you ask, caused my excitement?
Well, nothing less than a 'blah-brown' Chevy Chevette, probably a '78 or therebouts.
You just don't see these out on the road much anymore (not joking)...enjoy!
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I new a girl in High School that had a Chevette diesel. 0 to 60 by sometime next year!
It’s so bad it’s good? I guess I can see that but I’ll stick to cars that are fun to drive
2 pinto, 1 Chevette owner. Dang, I would not admit to something like that even if it was true.I never owned a Chevette, but I had a couple of Pintos. The best was a wagon with the porthole-like windows on the sides.
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It had a 2800cc V-6 with a single-stage 2 barrel and a 3.55:1 rear axle. I put a Holley on it. I later owned a turbocharged version of that engine in a ‘79 mustang with a 2-stage Weber 2-barrel.
My other Pinto had a 2400cc I-4.
One thing I thought was weird with the Pintos I had was that the steering columns were pointed at a slight angle instead of more straight towards the rear of the car.
My dad owned several and I drove one of them on dates when I was still a high schooler living at home.
My Pintos were reliable transportation.
Back (lund) in the day a friend of mine had a Yugo, and went to the auto parts store and said, " I want a windshield wiper blade for a Yugo." The counter guy wouldn't do it, claiming he would lose money on the deal!