It was cars like these that chased me out of the American car. I started the 70’s with an ‘71 Olds Cutlass and the car and dealer experience were so bad I stopped buying American. The remainder of the 70’s were VWs and BMWs. Some new, but most used. The eighties were Hondas and I was hooked. Haven’t owned a GM/Ford/Chrysler product since. Would nostalgia for these “foreign cars” make me teach for my wallet. No. They were all reliable but appliance-like forgettable. The cars of the 70’s laid the foundation for what was to come.
Very interesting article. I just have one correction. For the 83-84 Hurst Olds, the correct name of the shifter unit is Lightning Rods, not Lightning Rod. If you disagree, just zoom in on the photo and see the correct name printed on the shifter console plate. Incidentally, I still have the official parts book that was distributed in 1983 for these slow but rare models.