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What was the greatest GM car ever produced in the last 50 years?
 

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They may not be as exciting as other models, but the 1977 downsized B and C bodies were some of the most critically acclaimed and siginificant models GM has ever produced. They were also some of the longest running and best selling. It was an excellent job.
 

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Having owned or been around Chevelles, Impalas, Monte Carlos, Corvettes, etc. since the late 60's I would agree that the CTS-V is the finest example of what GM can do if price is factored in. If not than the XLR is the best example.

I just bought the CTS-V 2 days ago and I have yet to stop smiling. Show me another new car that can match the performance, quality, price and options list of the CTS-V. Can't be done. When GM puts their mind to it, they ARE world beaters.
 

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Best in terms of what??

Every now and then for the past 50 years or so, GM has come up wih some really good cars.

- The original Saturn was very good for what it was.
- The 4th generation STS was the first car to win "Car of the Year" in every major magazine publication.
- The Corvette
- The Cadillac Sigmas seem to be reaping praises everywhere.
- The 9-3 Viggen
- Lets not forget the 80's/90's Le Sabre, which was the "quality benchmark" for GM for a time.
- Oldsmobile Aurora and Intrigue. Highly acclaimed vehicles that no one bought.
- The Chevy Suburban. 'Nuff said.

Then if you want to go further back, you've got the original El Dorado, the GTO, the 442, the 1st generation Seville.

But if you were not in the United States, I think the only car that would stand out.... without questions.... is the Corvette... hands down the best and most recognizable GM product (and arguably the only respected GM product) ever made.
 

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Well in retrospec( i dont even know what that means but it sounds cool)....it's has too be the corvette..why?:

1. Has good power.

2. Survived 50 years through countless attacks by other car makers too stop its production.

3. Great performance in all areas.

4. Inexspensive for a performance car. 50 grand, its not 80 grand like the viper or 300 grand for a ferrari.

5. Great fuel economy for a performance car.

6. Gets better looknig every year.

7. Its American :rolleyes:.

8. Sells more then any other car in its class.

9. The electronics in it are insane.

10. It's a vette, what more can you say.

Oh yea and can you guys add that smiley that has it's hand in the air like he's at a rock concert and he's bobbing his head? that would be cool.
 

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It was the 1981 Pontiac J2000! Kidding...

Corvette.

Why? Even in GM's worst years, the Corvette was a shining beacon of hope, something that even the import-crazy auto media critics found appealing, and something for the otherwise disappointed Chevy fans to turn to for inspiration.

To this day there have been very few examples of "bad" Corvettes -- and that's saying a lot. Even better, with the exception perhaps recently of the engine and interior, the Corvette has always kept itself on the cutting edge - if not in technology, then in performance.

It performs better than an Acura NSX for a fraction of the money, and that's only one reason that it sells in the thousands per month while the NSX sells in the TEENS or double digits at most.
 

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Originally posted by cvp33@Feb 16 2004, 12:19 AM
Having owned or been around Chevelles, Impalas, Monte Carlos, Corvettes, etc. since the late 60's I would agree that the CTS-V is the finest example of what GM can do if price is factored in. If not than the XLR is the best example.

I just bought the CTS-V 2 days ago and I have yet to stop smiling. Show me another new car that can match the performance, quality, price and options list of the CTS-V. Can't be done. When GM puts their mind to it, they ARE world beaters.
Are you going to post some pics of your CTS-V, I would love to see it. My father is considering getting one in a few years, he was going to get a Vette but this is more practical, with four seats and all.
 

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If anyone is interested, I have tons of XLR, CTS-V, Corvett, Ferrari, Lexus, Mercedes, etc, pics in High Resolution. Contact me if you would like me to email them to you.
 

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I agree, the Corvette. Not many cars have survived that long. I sure do love that CTS-V though. Aren't they going to put the LS2 in the
CTS-V
 

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yeah- yeah- I agree with the Covette people :)--- though the XLR is a pretty impressive car too-- maybe a few years down the road it will claim the prize in retrospect.
 

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Originally posted by BBcamaroSS@Feb 15 2004, 07:54 PM
Well in retrospec( i dont even know what that means but it sounds cool)....it's has too be the corvette..why?:

1. Has good power.

2. Survived 50 years through countless attacks by other car makers too stop its production.

3. Great performance in all areas.

4. Inexspensive for a performance car. 50 grand, its not 80 grand like the viper or 300 grand for a ferrari.

5. Great fuel economy for a performance car.

6. Gets better looknig every year.

7. Its American :rolleyes:.

8. Sells more then any other car in its class.

9. The electronics in it are insane.

10. It's a vette, what more can you say.

Oh yea and can you guys add that smiley that has it's hand in the air like he's at a rock concert and he's bobbing his head? that would be cool.
There's another GM vehicle that not only shares most of the accomplishments you list, but also helped to butter GM's bread during the last 10 or 15 years:

The Chevy Suburban

The Suburban has been around longer than the Corvette, and it has been SUV's--not relatively low-volume sports cars--that have kept GM competitive for the last couple of decades.

...of course, I don't know if that would make the Suburban the best GM car; I'm just trying to start an argument by suggesting that the Suburban kicks the Corvette's a**. :D
 

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Vette, 100% Vette. Its part of Americana. The Vette made people think different about Chevy, and to rethink how Americans view sports cars in general. The Vette has been an American icon for who knows how long. If you give anyone a vette, Im sure they wont refuse unless they are some hardcore ford nerd. What the Vette brought to the market was Americas first 2dr sports coupe, even if it was a 6 banger. When Zora and Earl got deep into this car, it became an instant legend. Id love to have a Black with red stripe 67 Vert with the 427 under the hood with a sweet 4spd manual. They sold one at Barret-Jackson. If I had the money, I wouldnt stop bidding till that car was mine.
 

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Originally posted by bigals87z28@Feb 16 2004, 07:51 AM
Vette, 100% Vette. Its part of Americana. The Vette made people think different about Chevy, and to rethink how Americans view sports cars in general. The Vette has been an American icon for who knows how long. If you give anyone a vette, Im sure they wont refuse unless they are some hardcore ford nerd. What the Vette brought to the market was Americas first 2dr sports coupe, even if it was a 6 banger. When Zora and Earl got deep into this car, it became an instant legend. Id love to have a Black with red stripe 67 Vert with the 427 under the hood with a sweet 4spd manual. They sold one at Barret-Jackson. If I had the money, I wouldnt stop bidding till that car was mine.
How much did ithe 67 go for at the Barret Jackson Auction, I only saw part of it this year?
 
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