It looked better as the german Opel Ascona, without the dropsnoot front end. The Ascona is one of the better looking compact cars of the 70s in my opinion.
I have always loved the '64 Ford Fairlane 2 door. It was my first car. I bought one from my great grandmother, after working for more than a year. The old girl was slow as can be, with its little 260 V8 and 2 speed automatic transmission. It got wrecked in a blizzard, when someone ran into me, but there was another version of it: The 64 Fairlane Thunderbolt. Ford put a 427 big-block motor in their ‘compact’ car, gave it fiberglass bumpers, along with other sheetmetal to lighten it up and basically broke every drag racing record in the books.
It was a boring, boxy looking little car, but the ‘jet engine’ taillights and twin headlights were pretty cool!
This is one thing that really grinds my gears about modern lamborghinis: The huge misunderstanding of what makes a plane stealthy. It involves planform edge alignment and not having a bunch of garbage hanging off the body.
So much 'Murica
Well, considering when it was built, it was teeeensy! As small as a lot of I6’s of that era. Even the 283 Chevy outweighed it by about 125 lbs. So yeah. 'Murica. =)
I raced a Volkswagen Rabbit (diesel) once, at a stoplight gran prix. It beat me. Badly. That car was so slow, if I’d put it on a drag strip, they’d have had to put up a sign over the timing lights that said “TO BE CONTINUED”.
I’m not sure there is any amount of quotes in the world that can justify calling a Fairlane a compact . I don’t even think Ford tried to do that. The Fairlane was just their lower trim model, the one below the Galaxie. Ford had the Falcon after all which very much was a compact / C segment. No seriously; its the same size as 2000s - 2010s Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla.
Beg pardon. It was not a compact. It was a mid-sized car. You’re quite right. =)
Which year is it?