By the late 1960s, most manufacturers had answered back to the GTO. While such premium models were often beyond the fiscal reach of youthful performance-car buyers, economy-minded performance models from Detroit's others, or "junior muscle cars" as the magazines of the era named them, were gaining in popularity.By the late 1960s, most manufacturers had answered back to the GTO. While such premium models were often beyond the fiscal reach of youthful performance-car buyers, economy-minded performance models from Detroit's others, or "junior muscle cars" as the magazines of the era named them, were gaining in popularity. Typically entry-level models containing little else but sporty external packaging and small-cube performance engines, they delivered an acceptable combination of acceleration and fuel economy at an attractive price. Magazines loved them because it gave them another market segment to write about.
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Photo Gallery: 1968 Pontiac Tempest - High Performance Pontiac Magazine





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