Category: Malaise Monday

Malaise Mercury: 1974 DeTomaso Pantera 12.5K Survivor – STILL $105,000 FIRM

The 1970s were not all doom and gloom in the automotive world.  The 1970s did in fact have its bright moments of great automotive design and high performance. Most notably, the mid-engine, high-performance supercar concept grew with enthusiasts. No country seemed to embrace the supercar market niche more than the Italians, as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati each developed several high-performance supercars with futuristic styling that has endured the test of time nearly sixty years later.

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Black Boattail: 1973 Buick Riviera 43K – $27,000

The Malaise Era (our definition is 1972 to 1984) of automotive design was not all doom and gloom. General Motors designers in particular developed a number of great designs. One of my personal favorites from that era was the third generation Buick Riviera. Produced for only three model years from 1971 to 1973, the “Boattail” Riviera generation is arguably the most avant-garde design of any car produced in the early 1970s.

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Elderly Excellence: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Base 83K Survivor – SOLD!

Finding an entry-level, no-frills classic car from the 1970s is arduous, especially with pony cars.  Dealerships back then lured potential buyers into dealerships with too-good-to-be-true prices, and the cars’ prices were based on featuring little or no options.  To advertise a low price, dealerships in most states legally had to have the exact model described in their inventory.

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Poor Proportions: 1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe 26K – $27,000

One of the more interesting automotive customizing trends during the Malaise Era (1972 to 1984) was Neoclassic. Coachbuilders would modify a then-new personal luxury car with Gatsby Era styling cues, leaving the stock drivetrain and hardpoints in place. One of the more interesting examples from the period were Cadillac Seville Opera Coupes.

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