Rode Hard; Hung Up Wet

The “OTHER” 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am at the flea market. Previously owned by some post-apocalyptic action hero…
1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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Escaped from Father Time

Somehow these guys survived 35 years of southwestern Michigan road salt, craters potholes, half drunk assembly and 20 year old (at the time) technology (Cordoba)/tin foil construction (Futura) to tempt me with their survivor car charms.

1977 Chrysler Cordoba
Mismatched tires?  We know that look.

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Chevrolet Camaro Z-28

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28A random sighting at the Gilmore car museum.
This is the last run of the second generation Camaro.  It’s not a great car, with at best, 175 bhp from 5.7 L and a 3 speed auto.  It may have a 305 and a 4 speed, just to invoke the “more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow” adage.  Either way, it’s a far cry from the sub 5 second 0-60 monsters of today.  I remember Car and Driver testing one that was so beat down by bean counters and EPA regs that it couldn’t run long at 85 mph without overheating.  This is that car – the fastest, baddest ass in the parking lot.  Let’s just not race, shall we?

Beauty shots after the jump…
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