very brief history...
Generation consisting of 1966 to 1970, were not your average
muscle cars. Lots of power under the hood and dual exhaust put them in
the lead. With a high compression engine and high octane gas (94), there
was no hill steep enough to slow them down. Their front wheel drive gave
them the traction needed to move effortlessly through all adverse weather
Generation (1971-1978) came out with a different allure
all together. None of the muscle car look any more. The body grown in shape
and size, teamed up with a new smoother suspension, made for a very comfortable
Generation (1979-1985) succumbed to the widespread "save
the environment" propaganda. Everything from smaller and lighter body to
smaller engine and transmission, was geared to save energy and eliminate
pollution. On some 80 and 81 models, an XSC package was added including a console, bucket seats and a F-41 heavy duty suspension. In 84 and 85, the Caliente appeared with extra stainless steel trims on the front, the sides and the edge of the vinyl roof.
The Fourth and Last Generation (1986-1992) grew even smaller. Not only the body shrank considerably, but there is no more V8 engine. All are V6 transverse engines. However, these cars are all-electronic, self-diagnostic personal luxury vehicles.