American Sports Cars In The 90s
19 October 2018
In the 90s, Europe had already cleared post-war setbacks and caught up with the Americas and the rest of the world in the area of sports car production. European brands such as Ferrari, Porsche or Jaguar set the pace. And that’s not Franck Peltier who will deny it !
However, American sports cars via their unique properties and sometimes amazing performances held unto authenticity in an era (1947-1991) where America and Russia were still plunged in cold war.
In the 90s, many classic traditional American brands were already out of the automobile sports competition race. Some brands were able to keep up, and some new brands replace them without necessarily maintaining their status over time.
Popular Car Brands In The 90s
- Street & Racing Technology (SRT)
- Vector Motors
Chevrolet (1911, Chevrolet & Durant) maintained its automobile revolution tradition by offering from 1997 a fifth generation version; the Chevrolet Corvette C5, a powerful sports car with an entrancing whirr.
When Ford (1903, Henry Ford) proposed the Ford Escort Cosworth (1992-1996) to the European market, it created a world of fantasy thanks to its spectacular rear aerofoil. This car qualified for the world’s rallies from 1992 to 1996.
On the initiative of Bob Lutz, Vice President of General Motors, which was in partnership with SRT, Dodge (1914, Dodge Brothers) designed the most powerful sports car in its history; the Dodge Viper, which made its first appearance on the scene in 1991.
It was a subsidiary of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group, which designed high-performance models from car brands like Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. SRT collaborated with Dodge for the making of Dodge Viper.
Founded in 1971 by Gerald Alden Wiegert, using the most recent and advanced materials from aerospace at the time, Vector Motors put out a limited number of Vector W8 cars – an American sports car manufactured from 1989 to 1993.