Buick "Free Spirit" Indy 500 Pace Car Replicas
Original post by Rich Menga
The '75 Century pace car replica ... is a rolling American flag. It brazenly displayed its red and blue placards (yes, placards, not decals) along with the hawk image seen on its hood and front quarter. And trust me, there was no way you could mistake this for anything but a Buick, especially considering there was a giant “BUICK” on the top of the nose and the rear quarter and the trunk lid. (And you thought the Pontiac “screaming chicken” Trans Am hood image was huge.. ha! These graphics covered the whole car.)
The "Spirit of America" Chevrolets
Original post by That Car Guy
...in 1974, a couple of years ahead of schedule and maybe to boost sales, Chevrolet sold a really nice trim package on their El Camino, Impala, Nova, and Vega models. Some dealers may have added this trim to other Chevy car and truck models as well. The outsides were painted white with red and blue stripes, and sported "Spirit of America" emblems; the insides had white seats, red carpeting, and black dashboards. Looks like they had some nice wheels, too. They were not featured in the sales brochures that year, and getting detailed information on all of them is a bit tricky.
1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler
Original Post by Cookie the Dog's Owner
The final touch was a deafening (but patriotic) graphics treatment, which came in two variations, known as the "A" and "B" schemes. The A scheme had giant flag-red panels running down the sides from headlight to tail-light, and flag-blue racing stripes on the roof and decklid. The B scheme was slightly--I repeat, slightly--less in your face, with a pair of red and blue stripes on the lower sides in place of the A scheme's single big fat red one. Both As and Bs had a giant flag-blue arrow on the hood pointing at the cold air intake so the cold air wouldn't get lost on its way to the engine. The intake itself was helpfully labeled "AIR" in capital letters, lest someone mistake it for a deflector-shield emitter or a mail slot or some such. The engine displacement was announced in screaming red letters in a white band which cut across the arrow.
Original post by Anthony Cagle
Yes, that's two -- count 'em -- TWO All-American red, white, and blue muscle cars.... Probably not surprising since AMC did stand for AMERICAN Motors Corp....AMC wasn't much known for performance cars, but they were probably positioned quite well to capitalize on the craze. The classic muscle car -- probably epitomized (IMO) by the Dodge Dart 413 and the 1968 Road Runner -- was a smaller, less expensive model that could be had for cheap and outfitted with gobs of power by young gearheads everywhere. And AMC was known primarily for smaller budget cars. They certainly had their advantages: physics being what it is, power-to-weight ratios rule and a smaller car can go faster with less power than bigger, heavier and more muscular-looking cars. How to get your smaller car noticed in a sea of big bruisers? Why, give it a wild paint job!
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