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Gosh, I remember when those 82 GTs came out. It was the first time a car's horsepower rating went up in over a decade! It was only what, maybe a 20 hp jump, but it was going up so people were drooling all over it. It certainly was a sign of better times to come.
 

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scrambler81 said:
Gosh, I remember when those 82 GTs came out. It was the first time a car's horsepower rating went up in over a decade! It was only what, maybe a 20 hp jump, but it was going up so people were drooling all over it. It certainly was a sign of better times to come.
For my nickel, it was the '82 Mustang GT that single handedly restarted the Musclecar market in this country.

Ford had upped the ante, and Chevy responded with the '83 Z28 HO, Buick started getting very serious about its turbo V6 program, then came the Monte SS. Before you knew it, GNs were pumping out obscene (for the times) power, there were 5.7 Camaro's, Aero Montes and Gran Prix 2+2's, 442's and Hurst/Olds again, and Turbo Trans Ams

It was a fun time to be a car lover again, and the aftermarket was again awash with performance parts for people who wanted to tweak their new "hot rods".

None of this happens without the '82 Mustang GT sparking the horsepower wars again.
 

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For my nickel, it was the '82 Mustang GT that single handedly restarted the Musclecar market in this country.

Ford had upped the ante, and Chevy responded with the '83 Z28 HO, Buick started getting very serious about its turbo V6 program, then came the Monte SS. Before you knew it, GNs were pumping out obscene (for the times) power, there were 5.7 Camaro's, Aero Montes and Gran Prix 2+2's, 442's and Hurst/Olds again, and Turbo Trans Ams

It was a fun time to be a car lover again, and the aftermarket was again awash with performance parts for people who wanted to tweak their new "hot rods".

None of this happens without the '82 Mustang GT sparking the horsepower wars again.

*ehem* they had the H/O in 79 ;) - Only Cutlass body that had the 350 in it
 

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I had really forgotten how bleak things really were back then. 157 horses out of a 302 was something to get all giddy about. Man, my 72 240Z put out 152 stock and after a mild cam, an e91 racing head, free flow exhaust and dumping the SU's for some Weber's, it was making a titch over 200. Nowadays, 250 is almost laughable. :cool:
 

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6-b-kwik said:
ahhhhhhh so thats what the back of a mustang looks like!! never saw one before :tongue:
It was that far ahead of you eh? ;)
 

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I had really forgotten how bleak things really were back then. 157 horses out of a 302 was something to get all giddy about. Man, my 72 240Z put out 152 stock and after a mild cam, an e91 racing head, free flow exhaust and dumping the SU's for some Weber's, it was making a titch over 200. Nowadays, 250 is almost laughable. :cool:

Yeah, 200 hp in the mid '80s was a big deal...I remember as a teenager getting my 5.0 and thinking 225 was plenty... today, there are V6s with over 300..
 

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Yeah I want to get a GNX but my good taste won't let me :lol:

Actually racing 5.0's back in the 80's I was never afraid of the Camaro's. It was always the Buicks. Didn't help that Keene Bell had a shop in town and did a lot of Buick performance stuff.
 

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Yeah I want to get a GNX but my good taste won't let me :lol:

Actually racing 5.0's back in the 80's I was never afraid of the Camaro's. It was always the Buicks. Didn't help that Keene Bell had a shop in town and did a lot of Buick performance stuff.
what u no like the GNX!!!
 
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