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#13

1968 - History Flash Card 3 of 3 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
During the 1967 model year, Sidewinder experienced a slight decline in sales. Some of this decline can be traced to former Sidewinder fans switching to the s-60 Coupe. But it could also be said, that having been a full size performance car for 10 years running, may have made the Sidewinder name seem stale. While other manufacturers were still producing full size performance cars, it must be noted their sales slipped as well. As younger, more “hip” drivers entered the car buying field, the very definitions of sporty, performance, hot rod and muscle car was being …redefined.

For 1968, Sidewinder reduced it’s size from full to intermediate-mid size. The Sidewinder division even agreed to reduce the size of the engine from a proposed 430 cubic inches, to the RAM 302 Sinister, 302 cubic inch v8, tuned for Sidewinder needs. There were rumors circulating around, that Sidewinder was trying to develop a front wheel drive system for the 1968 model year. This rumor was true but technical difficulties prevented the project from making any headway.

1968 Sidewinder
2-door, 4-seater with sport interior / premium radio
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Easton Whisper 395. 302 cubic inch v-8, 394 horsepower
Transmission: 4-speed manual / RWD. Top Speed: 155 mph
Class: Muscle / GT
Real life inspiration from 1968: Chevelle SS and Mercury Cougar XR7
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1968 Sidewinder GX
2-door, 4-seater, sport interior / luxury radio
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Easton Whisper 395. 302 cubic inch v-8, 394 horsepower
Transmission: 3-speed automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 145 mph
Class: GT / Muscle
Real life inspiration from 1968: Buick GS and Chevy Nova II
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1968 Pro Am
2-door, 4-seater with sport interior and Hi-Fi radio (just imagine, the phonograph is a 8-track)
Standard Engine: RAM 302 Sinister - Easton 302 418-379, 302 cubic inch v-8, 417 horsepower.
Transmission: 4-speed Manual shift / RWD. Top Speed: 148 mph
Class: GT / Muscle Premium
Real life inspirations from 1968: Mercury Cougar XR7-GT and AMC Javelin
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#14

1970 - RETRO AGE MOTORS

Beginning in the early seventies, Retro Age Motors found itself under siege from foreign auto makers. Imports from Japan, Europe and even the Communist Block had found their way unto American roads. Worse, these imports brought with them new ideas and concepts on how cars could be done …smaller size yet roomy inside. Better workmanship meant a better quality feel without having to use ever more expensive materials. Brakes that worked!

Retro Age Motors dropped the S-60 Series after sales fell off the cliff. The Sidewinder division decided to play both ends of the market …build a full size Sidewinder Patton for straight line performance and an intermediate size with more agility. But consumers complained that the Sidewinder GS was a straight line performer, just like the Sidewinder Patton, only smaller. This was true, however, what consumers failed to realize was, the Sidewinder GS was built to be modified by the end user. Parts were more universal, the construction shared similarities with other name brand cars of the time. Best of all, any engine size up to 440 cubic inches could be fitted under the hood and the front suspension was easy to modify to accommodate a change of engine mount placement.

The Saint Division of Retro Age Motors decided to tackle the foreign invasion head on! When a Japanese auto maker introduced America to a compact, fuel saving “Mom’s” car, Saint struck back by introducing the Saint Hawk 80. This car used a 80 cubic inch, in line four coupled to a 4 x 4 drive system. When a German auto maker introduced a mid sized passenger sedan with full size car feature …Saint introduced

1970 Saint Eagle 157i4
4-door, 5-seat, sport interior with luxury sound system
Standard Engine: RAM Emma QP Easton - 157 cubic inch, 134 horsepower in line four.
Transmission: 4-speed manual with RWD, max speed: 114 mph
Class: Family Sport Premium / Muscle


1970 Saint Eagle 257c
2-door, 4-seat sport interior with premium sound system
Available Engine: RAM 257 Six-ECHO - 257 cubic inches, 209 horsepower v-6.
Transmission: 3-speed manual with RWD, max speed: 129 mph
Class: Sport / Muscle


1970 Saint Eagle GTX
2-door, 4-seat sport interior with sunroof and premium sound system
Available Engine: RAM 336 Majestic - 336 cubic inch, 290 horsepower v-8.
Transmission: 4-speed manual, max speed: 140 mph
Class: Sport / Muscle


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#15

1970 - RETRO AGE MOTORS

For years, Retro Age Motors had been quietly making trucks of various kinds. Mostly panel trucks and pickups but none were well know nor sought after …except, maybe by collectors.
1970 would change that, as Retro Age Motors introduced, under its own name a new truck line. A truck line that was aggressively marketed and targeted at both the working and leisure classes of America. Retro Age Motors even managed to win accolades from their competitors after winning the North American Automobile Classification Society’s (NAACS), Grand Touring Award with the that years only van submission. Going up against station wagons and the normal assortment of sporty, small, two-seaters, the EV400 drove away with the coveted GT moniker, but was beaten out by another competitors 2-door, four seater for the more prestigious GT P classification.

1970 Retro Age Motors - Delta 58
2-door, single bench seat, with premium interior, standard AM
Standard Engine: RAM Straight Lance 61. 156 cubic inch, in line six producing 168 horsepower
Transmission: 3-speed column shifter with RWD. Max speed: 114 mph
Class: Utility Premium / Sport Budget


1970 Retro Age Motors - E400
4-door, 5-seater with premium interior and standard radio
Standard Engine: RAM 454 Patton Easton Mark II. 454 cubic inch, producing 364 horsepower.
Transmission: 3-speed manual 4x4 drive. Max speed: 148 mph
Class: Utility Premium / Muscle Premium


1970 Retro Age Motors - EV400
5-door, 5+3 seater with premium interior and premium radio
Standard Engine: RAM 454 Patton Series Mark 1A1. 454 cubic inch v-8, producing 322 hp.
Transmission: 3-speed automatic - RWD. Max speed: 135 mph
Class: GT / Utility Premium


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#16

1975 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
Sidewinder Division

For 1975, Sidewinder Division pulled out all the stops, plugged in most of the whistles and let the sales speak for themselves …
After being in development since 1966, beset by one terrible turn after another, Sidewinder was finally able to bring to market a reliable front wheel drive system. One that didn’t lock up due to over heating as the early units did. Nor one that simply quit working after only 11,000 driven miles, for reasons still unknown to this day. Not only did Sidewinder introduce a reliable front wheel drive system in 1975 but also upped the ante with richer interior appointments. Crushed Velour, Satin Cloth and Rich Tanned Leather were offered for interior trim. A choice of Sunroof, Moonroof or T-Tops could be ordered. The Z8 trim even came with a trash basket attached to a locking fixture under the passenger side dashboard and a rear seat armrest that could double as a hand warmer or even a pillow for long trips.

1975 Sidewinder Zi4
2-door, 4-seater with premium interior and 8 track player
Engine: RAM Emma 157i4 - Emma QP Easton. 157 cubic inch in line four, 134 horsepower
Transmission: 4-speed manual with FWD. Top Speed: 119 mph
Class: Sport / Fun P

1975 Sidewinder Z6
2-door, 4-seater with sport interior and premium 8-track system
Engine: RAM 257 Six - Easy Six Fuel Injection. 257 cubic inch v6. 228 horsepower
Transmission: 4-speed automatic with FWD. Top Speed: 134 mph
Class: GT / Sport

1975 Sidewinder Z8
2-door, 4-seater with luxury interior and luxury 8-track system
Engine: RAM 388 Jet Stream 368-466. 388 cubic inch v8. 368 horsepower
Transmission: 4-speed manual with FWD. Top Speed: 160 mph
Class: GT / Muscle P

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#17

Finally, something that gives lie to the belief that muscle cars always have to be purely rear-drive. After all, if the Toronado made a front-drive platform work, then the Sidewinder most definitely can.


#18

1975 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
Introducing the MAP, MAP i4 and Saint - Hawk 247 4x4 mid-sized family - utility vans.
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#19

1980 - RETRO AGE MOTORS

The late seventies saw most of Retro Age Motors’ divisions coasting on past success but not the Sidewinder division. Striving to improve performance, while at the same time keeping costs passed on to the consumer to a minimum. This had to be counter balanced by the need to conform to government regulations, saw some interesting choices being made. Consider …for example, Sidewinder would dust off blueprints for the 430 cubic inch engine of 1968. The RAM 430 Tomcat had a limited production run between 1968 and 1970, not appearing under the hood of any factory produced car. But the engine could be ordered, along with a engine mount kit, from Sidewinder Division Parts Catalog. Another engine revived from the late sixties was the RAM 302 Sinister. This engine would receive a minor alteration but for the most part, it remained unchanged from the sixties version.

1980 Sidewinder LS4 Coupe
2-door, 2-seat, luxury interior with luxury 8-track
Engine: RAM i4 DOHC Hi-Way. 115 cubic inches, producing 150 horsepower
Transmission: 5-gear manual / RWD Top Speed: 123 mph
Class: Sport / Light Sport Premium

1980 Sidewinder ZS8
2-door, 4-seat, with sport interior and premium 8-track
Engine: RAM 302 Sinister, 302 cubic inches producing 421 horsepower
Transmission: 4-speed automatic / FWD. Top Speed: 158 mph
Class: Sport / Muscle Premium

1980 Classic Sidewinder
4-door, 4-seat, sport interior with luxury 8-track
Engine: RAM 430 Tomcat/Easton 408-432-80. 430 cubic inches producing 408 horsepower
Transmission: 5-gear manual / RWD. Top Speed: 165 mph
Class: Muscle Premium / GT

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#20

1980 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
SAINT DIVISION
For the 1980 model year, Saint Division decided it was time to introduce a new body style to their very successful 300 series. Although the car would remain at full size, it would see a small reduction in overall size. Saint continued the practice of sharing a common engine platform with Sidewinder Division and this allowed Saint to maintain a more upscale interior appointment as well as keep various quality of life features that had become standard equipment by 1980.

1980 Saint 300s
4-door, 5-seat with premium interior and premium 8-track
Engine: RAM 302 Sinister / Easton 313-292 Mod 80, producing 315 horsepower
Transmission: 3 gear advanced automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 147 mph
Class: GT / Premium

1980 Saint 300 Wagon
5-door, 5-seat with luxury interior and premium 8-track
Engine: 302 Sinister / Easton 313-292 Mod 80, producing 315 horsepower
Transmission: 3 gear advanced automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 143 mph
Class: GT / Utility Sport Luxury

1980 Saint Brimmer 30
2-door, 2-seat with sport interior and premium 8-track
Engine: RAM 430 Tomcat / Easton 408-432-80, producing 408 horsepower
Transmission: 4 gear manual / 4x4. Top Speed: 145 mph
Class: Utility Premium / Muscle Premium

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#21

They may look nice, but those tires on the Brimmer are a far cry from utility, especially for 1980.
…And definitely not helping overall price or running costs either…


#22

I am from the city, so my work depicts that background. Mostly in the city a pickup truck …wait, let me rephrase that …a personal or privately owned pickup truck in the late seventies to most likely even the present day, was owned for one of two reasons …a side hustle or to look good. Off road driving was done for recreation of course but not to the degree it is in today’s world. And surprisingly, in Michigan back in the seventies and eighties, SUV’s like Ford Broncos and Chevy Blazers were used more often to off road then a pickup truck. In the city, a guy could buy a 4x4 truck, put a snow plow attachment and winch on the front and wait for winter …instant hustle!

As for that running cost stuff and what was the other one you mentioned …oh, overall cost …I honestly do not concern myself with that stuff. I simply enjoy the act of bringing what is inside my head to the masses …that covers overall and operating cost for me.

Please, keep in mind also,overall cost and operating costs are mere guide lines. They are not set in stone, just written on copier paper …toss it in the trash and we can print you another one pronto.
Put another way …these terms help you the consumer gauge your finances against the automakers need to make a profit. They are not a check nor are they a balance, these two terms are a gate. Most folks I know, myself included at one point anyway, look at the cost up front but failed to look at the operating cost after purchase, which can be a real life sock it to me moment!

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#23

No worries, you build your cars how you want them. That’s the point of the sandbox mode :slight_smile:

I should have been a bit more descriptive, I was originally talking about your wide, low profile tires. If you wanted to follow real life a tad more the tires should have more sidewall (60-75 range). Or if the truck was “custom/modified/etc” then mid 1990s would make the tires a bit more realistic for an era.

Either way its moot now, enjoy making cars (truck in this case lol) as you want, that’s the beauty of the game.

(Side note: I do like the styling on it)


#24

1980 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
Diamond - Luxury’s Best Friend

1980 Diamond GL
4-door, 5-seats with luxury interior and luxury 8-track
Engine: Legacy Auto Works v-Sei Spinner - Easton-Phillis 292-267.
202 cubic inches v-6, 291 horsepower
Transmission: 4-gear advanced automatic / FWD. Top Speed: 148 mph
Class: GT / Luxury

1980 Diamond Spectre
5-door, 5+3 seats with luxury interior and luxury 8-track
Engine: RAM 430 Tomcat Easton 408-432-80 producing 408 horsepower
Transmission: 4-gear Advanced Automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 148 mph
Class: Utility Sport Luxury / GT

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#25

1985 - RETRO AGE MOTORS
Sidewinder Division
For the 1985 model year, Sidewinder introduces the All-Wheel Drive System into their lineup via the Sidewinder z85. With insurance companies threatening to list the z-85 as a “super” car, which would have driven insurance cost to heights unheard of for any Sidewinder vehicle to date. The division limited the power output of the RAM 293 SOHC-16 valve engine, to just 340 horsepower, which in turn, lowered insurance rates for buyers.

1985 Sidewinder z85
2-door, 2-seats with sport interior and premium cassette player
Engine: RAM 293 SOHC 16 valve, 293 cubic inch, v-8. Horsepower: 340
Transmission: 5 gear manual / AWD. Top Speed: 159 mph
Class: Light Sport Premium / Muscle Premium

1985 Pro AM
2-door, 4-seats with sport interior and luxury cassette player
Engine: RAM 350-76 Easton Twin Turbo 420-480-85, 350 cubic inch v-8. Horsepower: 420
Transmission: 4-gear manual / RWD. Top Speed: 171 mph
Class: GT Premium / GT

1985 Classic Sidewinder
2-door, 5-seat, with sport interior and premium 8-track player
Engine: RAM 350-76 Easton 353-354 350 cubic inch v-8. Horsepower: 352
Transmission: 4-gear advanced automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 161 mph
Class: GT / GT P



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#26

1985 RETRO AGE MOTORS
Saint Division

Material cost had been climbing upward since the mid seventies, escalating the overall cost of manufacturing automobiles and sending shock waves through the wallet of middle America. In a effort to limit the impact of these costs to its own customer base, Saint Division put an emphasis on parts commonality. 1985 was the trial run year for the “Commonality Incentive” program. Taillights, marker lights and even engines were used across multiple platforms. Interiors shared common parts as well, changing only the interior badges for trim level or model type. There were exceptions of course but overall, “what parts are in common with which model”, became the most asked question in inter office memos.

Commonality Incentive Program - Engine
Common to all makes and models:
RAM 293 SOHC 16 valve, 293 cubic inch v-8, Producing 294 horsepower.

1985 Saint 300
4-door, 5-seats with premium interior and premium cassette player.
Transmission: 3-gear advanced automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 146 mph
Class: Muscle / Family Sport Premium

1985 Saint 300 Convertible (Roadster) Coupe
2-door, 2-seats with luxury interior and luxury cassette unit.
Transmission: 3-gear advanced automatic / RWD. Top Speed: 146 mph
Class: Convertible Sport / Muscle Premium

1985 Saint Eagle GT8
2-door, 4-seats with luxury interior and luxury cassette unit.
Transmission: 5-gear manual / RWD. Top Speed: 142 mph
Class: GT Premium / GT



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#27

1985 RETRO AGE MOTORS
RAM Truck Division

America is emerging from a long gas starvation syndrome. Once the American consumer can see light at the end of the tunnel, that’s it! America will go right back to her old habits …gas guzzling, powerhouse engines packaged inside long river barges on wheels …with a twist. The American consumer will demand more comfort, more safety, more speed and they will want all this packaged in a pickup truck. Retro Age Motors will have the truck America will demand. 1985 is the turning point all automakers have been dreaming of and we will are well placed to make America …Fast Again!
Excerpt from speech given by The Truck Division president, Abraham Cross.




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#28

1985 RETRO AGE MOTORS Diamond Division - Luxury’s Best Friend





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#29

The designs are nice, but the idea of luxury SUV’s wasn’t prevalent at all until the late 90’s or so, the LT and Fleet models are far ahead of market trends


#30

The designs are nice, but the idea of luxury SUV’s wasn’t prevalent at all until the late 90’s or so, the LT and Fleet models are far ahead of market trends

Not really. In 1985 the Chevrolet Suburban was built on the frame of a pick up truck but given a station wagon body. I believe but am not sure, many states and insurance companies classified the vehicle as a station wagon but some called it a truck. Also, the term sport utility vehicle is a product of the mid nineties but not the vehicle itself. I think it was the Jeep Cherokee of 1984 that actually kicked off the SUV craze. The 1984 Cherokee has the body style that follow on designs are more or less based upon today.
So in 1985, the Diamond Fleet and Diamond LT would most likely have been classified as trucks but the idea of calling the Fleet a station wagon is not far fetched.


#31

Thanks for the tip.


#32

Thanks for the tip.

Oh …yeah, anytime, sure …ah, what tip?