Most muscle car enthusiasts will tell you that 1970 was the pinnacle year of the muscle car. Muscle machines like the Chevrolet Chevelle SS, Dodge Charger R/T, and Ford Torino Cobra ruled the streets, waged war with each other at the stoplight, and burned up the drag strip on the weekends. It was also the time when Uncle Sam and the insurance companies were putting the squeeze on automakers to manufacturer more fuel efficient and safer vehicles. During this time, the guys at Oldsmobile came up with a solution to this dilemma. Create a car with the muscle car look and feel but with an engine and drivetrain that helped reduce the strain of insurance costs. The result was the Rallye 350.
In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll take a look at the 1970 Oldsmobile Rallye 350. A car that really didn’t compromise on performance as much as it kept the insurance companies from robbing your wallet. It was also a car for the budget-minded that didn’t feel stripped down or second class. Yep, for those looking to get into their first muscle car, the Rallye 350 was the best of both worlds. The Rallye 350 came with a plethora of standard equipment such as black interior trim, sport steering wheel, and 310-horsepower V8. Read the rest of this entry