RIDES

One of the hottest designed muscle cars of the 1960’s was the 1966 Pontiac GTO produced by General Motors. The models were unique in both engineering and design and offered a great new distinction of style and performance. John Z. DeLorean, who was General Motors Vice-President and Pontiac's General Manager, was in charge at the time. In 1966, the entire Tempest line had been redesigned and expanded by the addition of five new models including a new GTO series. The new Pontiac GTO series included a sports coupe, hardtop coupe, and a convertible. The GTO was a completely new model for 1966.

Alfa Romeo's popular and accessible sports car, the Spider, was sold in the United States from 1966 until 1994, its long run divided into four series. The early cars, with their distinctive boattail styling, were immortalized as Dustin Hoffman's ride in The Graduate. Generally regarded as the most beautiful iteration of Pininfarina's design, these Spiders also are the most basic in spec, the rarest, and the most expensive. After skipping U.S. exports in 1970 (as it had in '68), Alfa brought back the Spider for 1971, beginning the second series, with a chopped tail and fussy Spica fuel injection for its enlarged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; heavy rubber bumpers arrived for 1975. The next iteration, the '83 to '90 Series 3 models, got a controversial black rubber ducktail rear spoiler, better-integrated bumpers, and (in '86) interior revisions. They enjoy more reliable Bosch fuel injection and available air-conditioning (both of which actually came on board in '82). For the final cars, the 1991-'94 models, the styling was smoothed out, power steering and a driver's air bag were added, and an automatic transmission (!) was optional; they're a bit more powerful but also slightly heavier.

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