While we are currently paying more at the pump than ever before, many of our readers likely remember that this is not the first time the country has faced a sudden increase in gas prices
and the desire for higher fuel economy
. In the early seventies, both new emissions regulations and a shortage of gasoline in the U.S. turned the auto industry upside-down in just a few years. In fact, the first horsepower wars reached an apogee in 1970, with cars like the original Hemi Mopars, Chevrolet
Chevelle LS6, and the GTO
Judge reaching ever-higher into the horsepower stratosphere just to be knocked down a notch in '71 and again in '72. The muscle car days were officially on hiatus, and fuel economy was the new measuring stick.
Sound familiar? While cars today are producing more power than ever, fuel economy now seems to be just as important, if not even more so, than the horsepower figure. With that in mind, lets take a trip down memory lane (via the gallery below) at the advertisements
immediately following the first gas crunch to see what may be in store for us in the coming years. If you have a favorite, click here
to visit Oobject and vote.