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According to Wikipedia, the Gran Sport could still be ordered with a 245 or 255 hp 455 in '74, so with one of those engines, it might have still been kind of fun. Or, at the very least, it might still be able to chirp one of the rear tires, jerk you around, and make a lot of noise, so at least it *feels* like you're going fast. That's kinda how my '76 LeMans is, until a Prius blows past it and shatters the illusion :pWhat the heck is a "Marti Report"?
It's a shame to see the mighty Gran Sport name attached to a roach smogged up Buick like that one! 1974 was not a good year for cars in general!
I'll backpedal a bit and say that I do like the hidden headlight model of the '71 Fury. And the Monacos with the hidden headlights, I like those alot. And in most years of that fuselage generation, I thought the Polaras and Monacos looked nicer than the Fury models did.
Traditionally, big Mopars usually handled better than their GM and Ford rivals. I remember reading somewhere that even by 1977, when GM downsized their big cars, that the big, old-school C-body Gran Fury still compared favorably when it came to handling, at least. Of course it was more cumbersome in tight spaces, less space efficient, burned more gas, and was bad in a bunch of other ways, but supposedly it still handled well for such a big brute.
I can always tell when the thermostat first opens up on my '85 Silverado, because the gauge goes up a bit more than half-way as it gets up to operating temperature, and then it drops down a bit. After that, it usually stays constant. Except for that one time I overheated it driving into DC last year. Oops!
Now that I think about
Want the ultimate in cost cutting? When an idiot light on my 2000 Park Ave comes on, the HUD shows the warning "Check Gages". They couldn't aven afford the "u"! :pLet us not forget that idiot lights have returned! Many cars nowadays no longer have temperature gauges. Both my Forester and Fiesta are examples, and I find it highly annoying (for my part). Apparently dash space is just too valuable these days, what with all the electronics and idiot lights....
The Park Ave only has a gauge for fuel and temperature, but it has a trip computer that lets you cycle through various functions, and where the odometer normally is, it can display battery amps and oil pressure. It will also show the coolant temp in Fahrenheit. I think it'll show it in Celsius too if you hit the metric button, but can't remember.
My 2012 Ram has a coolant gauge and fuel gauge, but idiot lights for oil and amps. There's space for the extra two gauges though. I think you have to either pay extra for them, or they come standard with the nicer trim levels.
One reason, I imagine, they went to idiot lights back in the late 50's and 60's over real gauges was cost cutting, but I wonder if it was simply that the gauges they used at the time were pretty cheap, and not always very accurate? The amp gauge, especially, in those older cars tended to jump around alot. And if you were sitting at a traffic light with the turn signal on, the needle would dance in rhythm with the turn signal.
Topaz drivers probably get pulled over in states where they actually enforce left lane camping laws. Or they get hit with visual citations...too much visible exhaust, something from the undercarriage dragging, etc...