I am not sure how it came about, but in 1969 I owned another of the cars featured in "Engines of Change," a forest-green Pontiac GTO. Mr. Ingrassia refers, accurately, to the GTO's "throaty roar" and "guttural exhaust pipes"—it was widely known as "a muscle car," if not so chez Epstein. I remember that roar and those guttural pipes well, but what I recall most is that the Pontiac GTO required roughly two gallons of gas to parallel park. I drove mine mainly from gas station to gas station. Mr. Ingrassia describes owners of the GTO as "rebels without a clue," a phrase I view as a most painful gotcha.
Read the rest of Joseph Epstein's book review here.