001 exterior dodgecharger webIn 1971, a gallon of gas cost 40¢. You can't even get a candy bar for 40¢ any more! However, it was not the cost of gasoline that was a concern — it was what happened to the gas after the motor digested it that became a big issue in the '70s.

Federal regulations were starting to take over style and power design meeting rooms and many of the cars' styles took a major hit. Manufacturers tried to balance the power of their most popular muscle cars with reduced smog emissions. Compact cars started coming into their own. Convertibles bowed down to sunroofs. The insurance industry came under scrutiny for high premiums, and no-fault insurance was born. Let's sample some antique '71 rides! ("Antique" means 45 years or older but doesn't apply to people!)

ford mustang web 1971 Chrysler New Yorker web 1971 AMC Gremlin web

 Ford Pinto Considered "fiery," not due to performance, but a faulty gas tank that burst into flames.

Chrysler New Yorker Posh but powerful — the fastest production car of its time: 0 – 60 in 10 seconds.  AMC Gremlin Cheap and dorky, but competed well with the VW Beetle.
 001 exterior dodgecharger web  1971 VW Super Beetle web  1971 Chevy C10 truck 001 web

 Dodge Charger Round "Coke-bottle" styling and split grille surrounded great handling and dependability.

 VW Beetle New MacPherson suspension could not spare the beloved bug from the new small-car competition.

 Chevy C10 Pickup Disc brakes and optional AM/FM radio graced the "Action Line" trucks.

1971 Plymouth HEMICuda1 web   1971 Lotus Elan Sprint web  1971 dodge b200 sportsman wagon web

 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda This year featured the fender "gills"and a cassette player. And "cartoonish" colors.

 Lotus Elan Sprint Aptly named for its 0 – 60in 6.7 seconds performance. It was fun to drive and look at.

 Dodge B200 Van Turn signals, heat, backup lights, painted hubcaps, single sun visor — Who could ask for more?

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