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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sun May 23, 2010 9:17 pm

I like all 73-77s, but I have to admit, 75 is my least favorite year. Not for the taillights though. I don't like the grille on the Malibus/Malibu Classics. I love the bowtie inside the taillights - very clever! 75 is also my least favorite year Monte Carlo. I don't like the grille or taillights on that.

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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Mon May 24, 2010 8:09 am

Alright, I'll say it........I LIKE the quads, especially on the Montes. I think they look good with the fender lines. I like the singles better, but I thought the quads looked good too. Razz


As far as the Chevelles, I liked the 74 grille better than any of them.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon May 24, 2010 10:25 am

74 is my favorite too. I like both headlight configurations equally.

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Post by maliburacinfreak on Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:08 am

i have to say, 73 would be my favorite of the G3 malibus

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Post by dragons_lair59 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:03 am

for bu's id say of the gen3s it would be 74 for mee the grilles and tail lights and for the montes prolly 74 also on the malibus i conur the quads just ruin the car

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Post by The Dude on Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:08 am

Split this off of the car list topic because we got off track & this is a good topic. Smile

My favorites from 73-77

Elky - 74
Malibu - 76 base model or 73 SS
Monte - To be truthful, I don't really know much about them to tell years apart. scratch
LeMans- Tough one. No real favorites unless I stumbled upon one with an SD455 & a 4 speed.
Grand Prix - 74. Because someone's gotta love the ugly duckling.
Grand Am & Grand Lemans - No favorites, just don't know those cars well enough
Cutlass - Another hard one for me. I would have to go with the 73 model as the top dog, but a 75 H/O would be cool too. Might even like to own a 77 with a 260 & 5 speed trans just for the cool factor.
Century - 73 GS. Just plain cool. Nothing more to say.
Regal - Probably a 76-77. Don't know a lot about them, but the later models would make cool GN clones.
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Post by 74chick on Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:56 pm

'74's would mine. I do like the front of the '73's. Maybe someday I will put a '73 nose on mine. For the el camino, may try a '73 buick centry front end(the one with the small round lights).
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:41 pm

74 - Base model. Love the large quarter windows.
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Post by 74 chevelle malibu on Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:39 pm

74 is my favorite. That's why bought another one after selling first one.There's just something about rear taillights that make the car.If had to get another chevelle it would be a 73 ss to go with my 74.
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Post by The Dude on Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:08 pm

74 has the best fender extension/bezel set up for sure. I never cared for the extended grille on 73 models, the 75-77 round headlights have too much trim, & square headlights on a Chevelle just sounds wrong.

X2 on the large quarter windows. It just flows with the body better.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:16 pm

Chevelle-
Love=74 grill and tails
Hate= 73 tails (they look "leftover" to me)

Cutlass-
Love= QUADS on that square front end 76-77
Hate=73 front end. Looks like an insect

Monte
love= QUADS with that fender line look AWESOME
Hate= nothing, except maybe the factory turbines.

Love on all of them---RALLYS----not really, just jabbin at Rago Cool


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Post by 77malibu77 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:23 pm

74MonteCarlo wrote:I like all 73-77s, but I have to admit, 75 is my least favorite year. Not for the taillights though. I don't like the grille on the Malibus/Malibu Classics. I love the bowtie inside the taillights - very clever! 75 is also my least favorite year Monte Carlo. I don't like the grille or taillights on that.

lol my friends 78 nova has the chevy emblems on the inside of the front turn signals lol
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Post by 77malibu77 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:28 pm

Rago wrote:Split this off of the car list topic because we got off track & this is a good topic. Smile

My favorites from 73-77

Elky - 74
Malibu - 76 base model or 73 SS
Monte - To be truthful, I don't really know much about them to tell years apart. scratch
LeMans- Tough one. No real favorites unless I stumbled upon one with an SD455 & a 4 speed.
Grand Prix - 74. Because someone's gotta love the ugly duckling.
Grand Am & Grand Lemans - No favorites, just don't know those cars well enough
Cutlass - Another hard one for me. I would have to go with the 73 model as the top dog, but a 75 H/O would be cool too. Might even like to own a 77 with a 260 & 5 speed trans just for the cool factor.
Century - 73 GS. Just plain cool. Nothing more to say.
Regal - Probably a 76-77. Don't know a lot about them, but the later models would make cool GN clones.


rago i pretty much agree with all of these
expecially your thoughts on the 73 buick

malibu = minez
el camino = any year as long as it has the laguna nose lol or round headlights
buick regal = 77 regal
cutty = 77 brougham
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Post by maliburacinfreak on Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:17 pm

if everyone likes the 77 regal, why hasnt mine sold????? Laughing

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Post by The Dude on Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:29 pm

.... too far away for me. I got a lifted Samurai I'd trade. But again, I don't have the means of traveling to IN. Sad
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Post by JB2wheeler on Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:31 pm

Rago wrote:.... too far away for me. I got a lifted Samurai I'd trade. But again, I don't have the means of traveling to IN. Sad
I aint gonna touch that! JB
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:02 pm

I'm not big on 73-75 Grand Prixs AT ALL...76-77s are better.

Chevelles and MC's, 74 is my favorite. Gee, wonder why...lol.

Everything else, I like all the same.

LOVE a 76-77 Grand Lemans with fender skirts

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Post by 77malibu77 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:18 pm

maliburacinfreak wrote:if everyone likes the 77 regal, why hasnt mine sold????? Laughing

lol ya distance, if you drove it here id buy it Razz
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Post by knightfan26917 on Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:47 pm

Rago wrote:Monte - To be truthful, I don't really know much about them to tell years apart. scratch

Ohhhh....this is EASY!


Reader's digest version ... yes, I know other ways are easily spotted each year, but this is what I look for the most....

1973 ... "Inward" taillights have horizontal "slits" through them. Knight emblem is in the center of the trunk lid.

1974 ... Rear emblem moved from trunk lid to "inward" taillights; no more "slits" in the taillights.

1975 ... First year of "wrap around" taillights. Taillights once again have horizontal "slits", but this time, the "slits" are body-colored. NO REAR EMBLEM.

1976 ... First year of quad headlights. Taillights are "wrap around" with emblem in them.

1977 ... Hood ornament (versus grill ornament). Taillights still "wrap around" and have the emblem in them, but this year, the taillights are "shorter" (top "cut off" such that instead of light lense, it is body color) and have horizontal chrome "slits" in them.


My favorite year ... 1976



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Post by The Dude on Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:12 pm

Thanks Cort! I guess 73-74 would be my favorite Monte then. The recessed tails are pretty sweet.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:16 pm

*grins*

You are welcome, of course! Like I noted, other ways to differentiate the years are evident, but those are the ones I look for most often.

Yep, I like those recessed tails, too....



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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:23 pm

Ditto on the tails. I hate the 75 taillights.

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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:04 am

74chick wrote:'For the el camino, may try a '73 buick centry front end(the one with the small round lights).

that would look really cool, i wanted to get a 73 lemans front end and hood to put on my el camino.
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