Leisure suits. Platform shoes. Farrah Fawcett’s hair. Disco. The transition to the 1970s left America immersed in a weirdly commercialized dilution of the prior decade’s trends and styles. In the automotive world, the extinction of the first wave of muscle cars made room for a new species of midsize model to emerge from Detroit and ooze into the suburbs: personal luxury coupes. Hurst shifters, shaker hood scoops, and wild graphics were out. “Coach windows,” landau vinyl roofs, velour interiors, and European-sounding name plates fulfilled the new automotive yearnings of the middle class. The extra-long hoods, prominent grilles, and formal rooflines that spoke of affluence on the Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Continental Mk III were migrating to cars that blue-collar America could afford.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/10/06/70s-personal-luxury-coupes