After dying off in the early 1970s, the great American muscle car was reborn a decade later
By most accounts, America’s original muscle car was born in 1964 with the Pontiac GTO. The breed died off about 10 years later, with another Pontiac, the 455 Super Duty Firebird, which briefly kept hopes alive in 1973 and ’74. Sure, the Trans Am did survive the 1970s — and even rolled on uninterrupted into the current millennium — albeit in a vastly diminished state. Save for Chevrolet’s Corvette — always in a class of its own — surprisingly, Detroit’s hottest offering by 1978 was Dodge’s Li’l Red Express pickup truck.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2013/11/15/second-coming