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View Poll Results: Which Pony Car do YOU prefer?
Mustang 10 41.67%
Challenger 10 41.67%
Camaro 2 8.33%
OMG you are killing polarbears! 2 8.33%
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post #16 of 30 Old 02-13-2017, 08:25 AM
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NIUPonyBoy , "Corvette is not a pony car. The other three are.

The word "arena" has nothing to do with anything, the Mustang was the first of the breed and the Camaro and Challenger (again for simplicity only the ones that are currently in production) were created to compete with the original pony car, the others are considering to be in the same league or arena."


You are WRONG. The Mustang was put into production to compete with the Corvette, the El Dorado, the Tornado and the Thunderbird. They were all sports cars. The difference was that the Mustang was affordable compared to the others. It was called the "poor man's sports car". It wasn't even called a "pony" car back then!
How do I know? I was there. I became a car buff back in the Fifties. Impossible to call the others a pony car as it was a Ford term to promote the Mustang. By the way, I am 68, even worked in Gasoline Alley.

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post #18 of 30 Old 11-02-2017, 10:37 PM
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Mustang, AMX and Javelin, first gen challengers, and while not a true pony car, the Studebaker grand turismo hawk.

Yeah, I like the less common cars.
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post #19 of 30 Old 11-03-2017, 04:20 AM
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1967 to 1969 Firebirds.

I liked the 69 birds the best with the newer looking front bumpers and the 69 Trans Am ( the first year for them ) was the cream of the crop IMO.

It did suck to me that they only came white with blue stripes and white interiors .

I owned all three years of them, but I pasted up on a 69 Trans Am that was wrecked in the back and I had a 69 regular bird that was wreck in the front .

A guy wanted to either buy mine or sell me his .

I will always regrete that stupid move of mine to not buy his for $5,000.

My 68 Formular 400 was a very nice ride but they all three were great looking cars .

IIRC they made 8 Trans Am convertibles that year (1969) with 4 being manuals and 4 being autos .

Only like 647 were made totally and they are very big dollar cars now .

Firebirds were made first and Camaros were made using the same basic body at the same time with different looking front ends, tail lights and bumpers .
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post #21 of 30 Old 11-12-2017, 09:14 PM
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have had this since 1980. You know new these cost 3,300 dollars. Tires can cost that much today? Not really a pony car, kinda. 71z- Xch BB old school ls7< back then in a crate was 1800$ new full crate Xchls7 , all iron large port D heads, forged crank nitrated, rods forged, piston forged free float. 6 speed ROD 3.10 12 bolt with upsized carrier bolts and load side in billet. I painted it as well all body work. 454 is .30 over. about as fast as you want to go in a 2nd gen. I had a 45 gal cel in the back at one time that tucked under and into the trunk. even fit a skinny spare. for the long run. Surprised it never killed me back in the day. though back then it had a Doug nash 5 speed. no over drive, 5 gears and a 2.73 rear. even has a Vintage air system to keep you from getting cooked, Z28 that year never had A/c so i put that in as well, hard to stuff that in will say too. 3 core be cool with mechanical and pushers. never over heated even at sustained speed. with 45 gallons that can be a long time. and empty every pocket filling her up......




start of the year we thought about selling it. took it out of dry storage. preped it. had the wife be the first to start since 2008, i daily it decades before that. Thing idles at 1100 rpm and its loping, pure sexy. like ridding a Harley, you feel it. the smell of gas and xylene. she said we are not sell it. smells like victory
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Camaros with the 'bumperettes' are the only ones of that body style I like. Otherwise, except for the 67 body style, I'm not a camaro fan.
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The only real pony cars were mustangs. I had a 1965.5, 1968 coupe, 1969 Mach 1, a 1972 fastback and several assorted year donor vehicles.

You could possibly include the Pinto, a much maligned vehicle but the favored frame and running gear for kit cars. One of the last with a full frame, first with rack and pinion steering and light enough that a 289 / 302 could make life exciting.

All the rest are answers to the pony...maybe good in their own right but not a pony.
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OK - sorry to dredge up the old thread, but I couldn't resist after seeing that awesome '73 Mustang vert!

My other toy is a 1971 Mach 1 I restored/resurrected from the dead, which is the reason my Jeep's currently in solitary at a storage unit.

Keeping in the spirit of the thread, I'd have to go with my wife's 2015 Camaro RS.
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I like all three, but I’m a diehard Mustang guy.

I’m on my second now.

First: 2000 GT, full bolt on, 4:10 gear and 125 wet shot of nitrous. Lots of fun and was a great platform to learn on. I still have the car but it’s in need of a 100% rehab.

Now: 2016 GT, Performance Package 6 speed (stick). This car is ridiculous. The performance package has a tweaked suspension, better cooling, Brembo brakes, 3:73 gears with a Torsen diff. Mine is a base model so no Recaros or extra thrills.

The difference between the two are amazing. My old GT was straight line only. At the time I thought it stopped and turned well but it didn’t. The 16 is comical in comparison how easy it does all three. Not to mention the 18+ cars with Magnaride suspension or the GT350’s would even run circles around it.

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My first mustang was a 72. I don't believe anything a block long and massively underpowered is a 'pony car' except in name. 302, and an fmx tranny, sounded good but not exactly fast. 1970 was the last good classic mustang imo.

And anything as big as a72 mustang really needs a bigger backseat, especially when you're in high school. But by god we made do!

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Corvette has always been a sports car. Though even a Jeep(cj) sarcastically was reported as"Jeep is America's only real sports car. by" Ferrari'. Ill take it though as a compliment. Ever try the Rubicon in a Vet?
Oh yeah... I'd like to see that Z28 is the same location as your avatar, then!


As of now I'm poor b/c I own a Jeep. ;-) But if I were rich I'd prolly get the Vet! Even tho I really love the '67 Vet, I'd take a new one. Oh heck, I'd have both! But on the other hand, if I were rich, I'd also have Dynatrac's under my Jeep!!!
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My first mustang was a 72. I don't believe anything a block long and massively underpowered is a 'pony car' except in name. 302, and an fmx tranny, sounded good but not exactly fast. 1970 was the last good classic mustang imo.

And anything as big as a72 mustang really needs a bigger backseat, especially when you're in high school. But by god we made do!
Ah yes - classic Mustanger 'love' for the '71-'73s. I still have yet to get my head around how 1" of wheelbase, 3" of track width, and 4" of overall length (while 1.5" shorter) equates to everybody's idea that the '71-'73s are such giant cars.

For comparison - let's check out the '70 & '71 nose to nose. Which one looks bigger again? I know, it's gotta be an optical illusion. Imagine how they felt when the corners of the nose were squared off with the '69 Shelbys.

But wait... the '71-'73s have always been the biggest, most bloated Mustangs ever. (I guess not so much compared to the newer ones, like this 2012, all lookin' like a minivan in comparison. Probably has nothing to do with the 20" rims)

Ya know - it's not like they took a CJ-5 and stretched it out far enough to make a CJ-7, or anything.
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