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Question of the Day: What’s your favorite Malaise-era car?

Give us your take in the comments section


The Malaise-Era, a term coined by journalist Murilee Martin, encompasses cars produced from 1973-83. These offering are usually American made and were victims of government regulations and poor development from automakers.

What’s your favorite Malaise-era car?

Give us your take in the comments section.

1977 Dodge Royal Monaco 4-door
1977 Dodge Royal Monaco 4-door (Image courtesy of Stellantis)
Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. I love so many of them. 72 – 73 Ford Torino Grand Sport, 77 – 79 Ford Thunderbird, any intermediate from GM both before and after downsizing and of course, the Corvette C3. And while more in tune with the eighties, the downsized Camaro and the 82 Toyota Supra.

  2. The most reliable car I’ve ever owned: a 1977 Monte Carlo. It was a smooth riding, maroon, with a white vinyl landau top, factory AM/FM/8-track stereo, and a 305 cu. in. engine, which would get over 20 mpg! While newer cars were over-heating or having other mechanical issues, this baby made it up and down Pikes Peak and then rolled over 100,000 miles a few days later!!!

  3. Pontiacs please! ’73-’75 Grand Am along with ’77 Can Am. My 1st car was a ’75 Grand LeMans, to me an awesome combo of sport and luxury, drove it 8 years. Its kinda’ cool being into cars that most aren’t. Currently have a ’75 GA project, planning on addressing the underpowered smog engine thing with a cam, etc.


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