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Life is full of ironies, many of which go sadly overlooked. One ironic condition I tolerate—well, loathe, actually—is the fact that my new big screen TV requires a certain amount of boot-up time before I can watch anything. I find that excruciating, pre-entertainment pause a strange throwback to the era of mom “warming up” the set before the family would settle in to watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
In this, the last installment of our “Hard to Park” series, we fully see the impact of downsizing on the overall lengths of some of our favorite Seventies machines. For 1979, Chrysler launched its redesigned “R-Body” sedans, each almost a foot shorter than the vehicles they replaced.
A funny thing happened on the way to Eighties: Cars got shorter. The “shortening” of the American automobile didn’t happen all at once—it came in staggered bursts, as individual manufacturers downsized the platforms that underpinned their largest cars.
As a follow up to our Hard to Park: The Longest Cars of 1975 blog post, we looked back two years further, to 1973. As it turns out, the average car on our 1973 list is almost an inch and a half shorter than those on our ’75 list (231.4 inches versus 232.9), but the longest single car is a ’73 model.
Presented here are federal guidelines for parking space design. One of the most noteworthy dimensions on the layout maybe the suggested length of a singe parking space: 20 feet.
Class: Large Car
Miles driven: 356
Fuel used: 10.2 gallons
For 2017, Consumer Guide awarded 43 Best Buys across 20 different vehicle categories. You can check out all of our 2017 Best Buys here.
There’s a lot on the minds of Chevrolet sales and marketing people, judging by the diverse array of new products the brand has placed on the market in 2017. New vehicles being added starting in the spring include a pure-electric subcompact, a compact crossover, performance cars, and compact and large pickups.
America is rich with historic auto brands. Ford, for example, goes back in time nearly as far as the car itself. Likewise, Chevrolet has existed for longer than most people have been alive.
Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile
By Jack Stewart
Jaguar’s XJ is one of the longest running model names in the industry. The XJ made its debut in September 1968 as a 1969 model, and Jaguar’s flagship sedan is still badged XJ 47 years later.