The muscle cars that drivers have today are a shadow of what they once were. There are ups and downs in the auto industry that depend greatly on current fuel prices and consumer tastes. The new generation of drivers has embraced crossover vehicles. But it was once a badge of honor to drive a sports car. Oftentimes these sports cars were rough, but they were exciting to drive. The current generation of millennials might think of these cars as nothing more than collector’s items, but they were legendary.
Many historic automotive brands from the ’60s and ’70s like Pontiac and Plymouth have come and gone. We looked back at legendary sports cars that millennials will never experience in their prime. There’s a big difference between buying a restored muscle car and experiencing it when it was brand new. So check out these legends of the car world that many current fans will never be able to see in their full glory right here.
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Ford Mustang II
The Mustang II was an important part of automotive history, but why? Because it was the first “fuel-efficient” Mustang ever released. The fuel embargo of the 1970s hurt the auto industry yet Ford was quick to adapt. Although the Mustang II is often made fun of because it was based on the Ford Pinto, the car had many positive attributes. The lightweight design was innovative at a time when cars were still heavy chunks of metal (via CJ Pony Parts).
The Mustang II changed the game because it had a dramatically smaller size than the previous generation. Enthusiasts often criticize the Mustang II for being a pale comparison to the muscle cars that came before it. But as the collectible car market increases in interest, the Mustang II will be a hidden gem. There was a lot Ford did with the Mustang II as its lightweight design stood out from the crowd.