The Ford Thunderbird had all the ingredients for a sports car: a huge V8 engine, two seats, a drop-top cover, and rear-wheel drive.
The first Corvette sold well when it was released. The original ’Vette was outsold by Ford's Thunderbird, which was a huge success.
Pontiac aspired in 1967. The Banshee idea inspired its sports vehicle. GM declined because it worried the Pontiac would steal Corvette sales.
Alfa Romeo made beautiful vehicles, but the Montreal was much more so. Expo 67 in Montreal introduced the concept automobile.
The Buick Gran Sport GS 455 exemplifies "bigger's better." The 1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport has a 6.6-liter (400cu in) V8 instead of the ordinary car's 4.9.
In the 1960s, if you wanted a "mid-size" car, you could buy a Dodge Super Bee, Plymouth Satellite, or Plymouth GTX.
The 1970 Hemi ’Cuda could be described by Neil Young's song line, "It's better to burn out than to fade away."
Late was the second-generation Pontiac Firebird. Tooling and engineering issues delayed its release until February 1970 for the 1970 model year.
In the 1960s and 1970s, badge engineering ruled US brands. Chevrolet and Pontiac had similar cars, the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.