On our last episode of “Peat GM.” we visited the 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass. This is basically the same car (the A-bodies). They were better than the comparable Fords or Chryslers (at least through MY 1976). This was the everything car for your favorite middle manager. Sporty – look at the wheels and chrome rings! And a floor shifter! And a grab handle!
If memory serves, these were actually better performing than the equivalent Trans Ams.Read more "1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula"
Speaking of things that haven’t aged well: the 1976 Pontiac Sunbird. This is what you get when you turn a Vega into a “Monza” and then pretend to create an entirely new car for Pontiac. What do we have?
- a “formal” roofline instead of a hatch. Now there’s two body styles, like with a Mustang II. Woo hoo.
- Stick some vinyl on the roof. Now it’s like a Mustang II Ghia, and also a small Grand Prix (a car Pontiac liked and so did America).
- Give it a faux Firebird front end. “Sporty” is dealerspeak for “shitbox with a nosejob.”
- A V-6. It sounds sporty on the order sheet. at least
We’d guessing 1970 because of the 400 c.i.d. engine. Per wiki, the 1971-73 T/As had a 455. My second cousin Shirley drove one of those 455s. However, we’re skeptical of the “T/A 6.6” on the shaker. It should say “400.” But, they came in white or blue. We’re also a little leery of the screaming chicken. That came on-line for 1973. I guess the verdict is “frankenbird.” It’s still sexy as hell.