Using a few references, the insurance companies decided to highly demotivate drivers from purchasing 426 hemi cars in 1971. The referenced rate was $1500/yr which in today's dollars is just over $9000/year. I'm sure there are slight variations in that rate specific to the driver, but that is insanely high and obviously the high horsepower cars were targeted. How could anyone afford to insure those cars back then? I'm too young to give a personal opinion but I'm curious how drivers in that era managed to keep these cars on the road.