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'74 based on GP/MC body


Mahoning63
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It may have been a simple case of bad timing, the new B/C-bodies launching in '71 but the new A-bodies not launching until '73. All these programs carried the latest appearance, tech and reg content and supplier and manufacturing strategy. I do wonder if the '71 Riv might have been better off using the Camaro/Firebird body that launched a year earlier, and with an independent rear suspension based loosely or heavily on Corvette.

 

Here's an update with front door cut lines so the doors can open! Also a slightly taller grill. To save on development cost, Regal's body could have been used aft of the front doors, with uniqueness only in the taillights. It would have been the long hood, commanding grill and hidden headlights that sold the car.

 

The challenge would have been what to do for '78. Launch a year later the familiar '77 Riv? Base the car on the down-sized '78 Regal and again with a longer axle-dash? Or keep (if possible) or drop the car for a year then launch the '79 fwd car.

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Come to think of it, the front would have benefitted from a rearward lean like the '76 Century 2-door.

 

Inside, it could have used Regal's I/P and GS's center console and adapted the rectangular metallic-looking center gauge cluster and other upgrades from the real '74 Riv. Overall, it could have been a nice car that was well-differentiated from Monte Carlo and Grand Prix and able to command a higher price.

 

 

 

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