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Old 05 November 2016, 09:20 PM
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Hijacking my own thread a bit, and in a direction that maybe belongs in Automobiles or Business, but there's another claim in that video sounds kind of ULish. A few minutes into the video Jay's guest claims that GM had a rule in the early 1960s that forbade putting big engines in small cars. It makes for a good story, painting John DeLorean as a rebel who broke the rules and put a big engine in the mid-sized Tempest and invented the muscle car. Except he doesn't really explain why they had that rule to begin with. Jay even asks him directly, but his response basically boils down to "Because the CEO said so." So, did GM really have that rule, and if so, why?

From a little research on Wikipedia, it looks like the Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" (not sure if "rocket" was officially part of the name), introduced 15 years earlier, also used a big engine from the company's full sized car in a smaller body, and apparently is considered to be the first muscle car by some (And coincidentally was another car to have a song written about it). So there's another GM car that could be said to have violated that rule, although the guy in the video does imply that the rule came later than that. ETA: Looking at Wikipedia, it looks like the Olds 88 of the early '60s was actually offered with an even bigger engine than the one in the GTO, but it's possible that GM considered the 88 a full sized car by then, and therefore one that was allowed to have a big engine.

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