440 powered police furys/monacos were regarded as some of the best squad cars available in many regards throughout the 1970's.
These cars are somewhat legendary if you talk to older officers...
Even the small block 318/360 units that held city patrol were very tuff.
I own a '76 coronet 9 pass. station wagon and love it.
That being said, I do agree quality and thus trust in American cars was at a low point overall in the 70's. (edited)