By Lyndon Conrad Bell
The 1970s marked the end of the first golden era of high performance cars. A number of factors congealed during this decade to end the American muscle car wars, among them high fuel prices and ever escalating insurance rates. Horsepower ratings exceeding the 400 mark in 1971 were doing good to register 200 by 1978. It was indeed the end of an era. Meanwhile, one European manufacturer employed a novel supplementary aspiration strategy increase the power of one of its cars and in the process presaged most of today’s performance models. Yes, the cool cars from the 1970s definitely rate a look.