The List: What the Cool Kids Drove

I recently saw 21 Jump Street and thought it was awesome. What leapt out at me was Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's new ride when they went back to High School: a very good-looking silver ’71-ish Camaro. Now, I don’t know about you, but where I grew up, there weren’t too many kids driving big money muscle to class every day. But yeah, it would still make you beyond cool. If I were going back to High School I'd probably find myself in a clapped-out Civic with mismatched wheels, 5-inch exhaust tip and clear turn signals. Don’t get me wrong, I’d much rather tear around in the Camaro, though I did cringe when Jonah Hill blew out its windshield. I can only hope they didn’t total a dozen of them during filming. So what did the cool kids I knew drive? Here are mine, which will probably be nothing like yours. I am sure the contents of this list would vary greatly based on time and geography. After all, I doubt there are many mud trucks rolling around 90210. 5 - A Four Wheel Drive Pickup This may seem an odd inclusion but you must consider that I grew up in a semi-rural river town in the Midwest. There wasn’t much for kids to do around town, but there was a never-ending expanse of river bottoms beckoning to come get muddy. The perfect vehicle for such an endeavor was a 10-year-old Chevy truck with a lift kit and Super Swampers. And that’s just what many of the cool kids in my high school drove. Did I mention that I wasn’t a cool kid? More similar Pickups: 1976 Ford F-250 Crew Cab 1977 Dodge Power Wagon 1982 Chevrolet C2500 Short Box 4 - A GM G-body: Cutlass Supreme/Grand Prix/Monte Carlo/Regal This was the entry-level cool car. A basic G-body looked pretty darned good with a set of Keystone Klassics or Cragar S/S wheels. It need not have been one of the high-zoot Super Sports or equivalent, but Bonus Cool Points were awarded if it was V-8 propelled and even more if it had T-tops.
The List: What the Cool Kids Drove
More similar G-Body cars: 1983 Buick Regal Limited 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais 3 -  A Muscle Car Even when I was a kid, most kids couldn’t afford a genuine muscle car. This was more a function of the cost of insurance and single digit fuel economy than the price of the actual car. Sure, there was the odd 283-powered Nova or slant six Duster, but honest-to-god muscle was scarce. Nevertheless, some kids somehow managed and a big-block between the fenders of a Chevelle or Road Runner meant parking lot and study hall cred.
The List: What the Cool Kids Drove
More similar Muscle Cars: 1966 Oldsmobile 442 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 1968 Plymouth Road Runner 2 - A Convertible Who doesn’t love a convertible? Well, besides me. I’ll take a hardtop every time, but most of the population loves drop tops and high school kids are no exception. It really doesn’t matter what kind of car it is, so long as that roof disappears, the drivers are money, at least in their own mind. An aside: Could this be the one instance that a K-car doesn’t brand the driver with an enormous “L” on their forehead? Maybe, but then again… Think Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
The List: What the Cool Kids Drove
More similar Convertibles: 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1984 Ford Mustang 1 - A Camaro or Firebird Actually, to be most accurate, this should really be a T/A. Yes, the ubiquitous mid-’70s Trans Am. And to be clear, I’m not talking about a primo example like the Camaro with forged 17’s in the movie trailer. I’m thinking more along the lines of a rode hard/put away wet ’77 with a massive exhaust leak, fading and/or peeling decals and an interior reeking of Polo cologne and fully ripened hockey equipment. True, they were rather lackluster performers, but honestly, how many high school kids really knew the difference?
The List: What the Cool Kids Drove
More Camaros and Firebirds: 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Tell us what makes your list and why in the comments below.

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