American Cars, 1973-1980: Every Model, Year by Year

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McFarland, Dec 3, 2012 - Transportation - 959 pages
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The 1973 oil crisis forced the American automotive industry into a period of dramatic change, marked by stiff foreign competition, tougher product regulations and suddenly altered consumer demand. With gas prices soaring and the economy in a veritable tailspin, muscle cars and the massive "need-for-speed" engines of the late '60s were out, and fuel efficient compacts were in. By 1980, American manufacturers were churning out some of the most feature laden, yet smallest and most fuel efficient cars they had ever built. This exhaustive reference work details every model from each of the major American manufacturers from model years 1973 through 1980, including various "captive imports" (e.g. Dodge's Colt, built by Mitsubishi.) Within each model year, it reports on each manufacturer's significant news and details every model offered: its specifications, powertrain offerings, prices, standard features, major options, and production figures, among other facts. The work is heavily illustrated with approximately 1,300 photographs.
  

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Truly a remarkable compilation! I was overwhelmed by the size of this book. More of a reference for the nostalgic car collector or those who are restoring as close to specifications as possible these ... Read full review

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As a long time car enthusiast, I was delighted to be selected to receive a review copy of American Cars Every Model Year by Year 1973 to 1980. When the book arrived, it was not at all what I expected ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
6
1973
21
1974
121
1975
219
1976
325
1977
433
1978
545
1979
661
1980
772
Appendices
883
Bibliography
946
Index
947
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About the author (2012)

J. "Kelly" Flory, Jr., is a claim analyst and longtime car enthusiast. He lives in Lenexa, Kansas.

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