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Thought I start something new to discuss. I want to know what you think was the fastest USA Production car for a year.

For this thread the year is 1977

Horsepower was way down, emission controls were in place. What in your opinion was the fastest USA production car for that year

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Probably the Firebird Trans Am, It still had the Pontiac 400 c.i. engine. That was also the year of the famous Smokey & the Bandit movie.
 

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I may have this mized up with 1976, but I want to say it was the Dodge 360 Pick up. The Lil Red Express didn't show up until 1978, Chuck. In 1977 we had the L82 Vette, the Trans Am 6.6 T/A 400 and the Can Am 6.6 T/A 400, as well as a 360 Aspen R/T and 360 Volare Roadrunner. I believe all were slower than the Dodge truck? Ford had a 302 "King Cobra" that I want to say had a 150HP 2bbl 302 in it. Sad.
 

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Yeah, I would guess the L82 'Vette due to the weight difference versus the Dodges and Pontiacs. Here's what I found on the net:

Corvette
Year: 1977
¼ mile: 15.5 seconds @ 92.5 MPH
0 to 60 MPH: 6.8 seconds
Weight: 3,540 lbs.
Price: $10,431
Top Speed: 132 MPH
Fuel consumption: 15 MPG
Notes: 350 cu. in. 210 hp engine with four speed manual transmission
Source: Road and Track June 1977


Trans Am
The W72 Performance Package was a new option for 1977 that added $50 to a Trans Am's price tag, and included a host of components aimed at maximum performance. Backing the high-output mill was a torque converter with a stall speed near 2,200 rpm, a Turbo 350 automatic transmission with specific internal calibration, and a 3.23 rear axle ratio. The combined effort produced an engine generating 200 hp at 3,600 rpm, and 325 lb-ft at 2,200 rpm, and a vehicle capable of mid-15-second quarter-mile times at trap speeds in excess of 90 mph.

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I couldn't find any performance stats on it, but did find this on the 360 Aspen. I think all the Warlocks had 727 Torqueflight auto trans, so this is somewhat comparable:
Car (all with automatic trans) 0-60 1/4 mile Official Top Speed*
1977 Aspen 360-2 HD 8.6 sec 17.4 @ 86.1 115
1977 Camaro Z28 350-4 8.6 sec 16.3 @ 83.0 105
1977 Corvette L82 350-4 8.8 sec 16.6 @ 82.0
1977 Trans Am 400-4 9.3 sec 16.9 @ 82.0 110
1977 Volare 318-2 HD 10.7 sec 18.2 @ 74.4 106
 

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oops. I guess the 'Lil Red Express' didnt come out that early.
well, then my guess is the Cosworth Vega.
 

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There wasn't anything too fast in 1977, the low compression, unleaded fuels, and catalytic converters put performance elsewhere! Even though I am a die-hard Chevrolet fan, my guess might be something in the Ford Mustang/Cobra family???
 

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I was looking at some of my old Car and Driver magazines from 1977. There is an article where they tested top speed and quickest time to 110 mph. The Corvette was fastest at 133.7 mph. The Trans Am hit 131.3 mph. The fastest to 100 mph was the Dodge little red truck although the article said the Dodge would not be for sale till January 1 (1978).
 

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I didn't buy it new but in my younger days,I had a 1977 camaro that was caught on radar by Indiana State Police at 132 mph...bone stock.
 

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Well, I was only 7 in '77..but I do remember my folks' family cars as being huge and comfy but not very speedy ('76 Lincoln Continental 4dr and '77 T-Bird). Their older fun cars were quicker ('69 Mustang 351 and '67 & '68 Cougars), though.
 

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It was all sad from the time Pontiac seized production of the SD-455 until the Grand National came along.
Both cars mentioned were sleds compared to the kick ass 77 Z28 I had. Easily it was the fastest production car made that year. I dont know what people see exactly in Buick GNs but it is just me I guess. Don :tongue:
 
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