Posts from ‘AMC’

Oct
03
1976 Pontiac Grand LeMans Safari

1976 Pontiac Grand LeMans Safari

It’s a dead category in the U.S. today, but look back about 40 years and you’ll find that midsize station wagons were very popular. Rendered obsolete by consumers’ preference for minivans and crossovers, the midsize wagon has all but disappeared from the American landscape—unless you count pricey European imports.

Sep
29
1974 Chrysler Town & Country

1974 Chrysler Town & Country

In 1974, the experimental German rock band Kraftwerk released the album “Autobahn,” a still-celebrated collection of electronica featuring a 23-minute cut of the title song.

Sep
21
1970 Plymouth Barracuda, green

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

In a recent blog post titled The Luxury Standards of 1970, we discussed the now-arcane language once used to parse the new-vehicle market. You can see all the segments into which Consumer Guide slotted the 1970 class of vehicles here.

Jul
27
1979 AMC Silver Anniversary Ad

1979 AMC Concord Ad

Employing 14,000 workers at its mid-Sixties peak, the AMC assembly plant was the economic center of Kenosha, Wisconsin. For Chicagoans, passing through Kenosha means having covered about two thirds of the distance between home and Milwaukee. For area locals, Kenosha is a town steeped in automotive history.

Jul
01
1969 Town & Country

1969 Town & Country

Right around 1970, the American birthrate took a tumble. From a late-Fifties peak of more than 3.5 children per woman, the birthrate fell to 1.7 kids by 1971. Per most charts, 1969 was the last year families were averaging more than two young’uns.

Jun
22
1942, Willys

After serving the country admirably in World War II, the Jeep’s history as a production vehicle has been somewhat rocky.

by Jack Stewart

Jeep is the Hope Diamond of the auto industry. Don’t get me wrong—I have nothing against Jeeps. They have always had great off-road prowess, and the original Jeep helped win World War II. But ownership of the Jeep brand has proved fatal (or at least bad luck) for all its corporate parents. Jeep has often found itself the profitable division of a failing company. Corporate acquisition of Jeep is like hiring Typhoid Mary to cook for your family—it won’t end well.

Jun
16
Adam 12 TV Show

The TV police patrol team of Malloy and Reed enjoyed the services of several different cars during the run of Adam 12.

by Jack Stewart

If you’re a car guy of a certain age, chances are you have fond memories of the original Adam 12 TV series. The half-hour police drama ran between 1968 and 1975, following veteran LAPD patrol officer Pete Malloy (played by Martin Milner) and junior partner Jim Reed (played by Kent McCord) as they went about their job to protect and serve the citizens of Los Angeles.

Mar
08
Ford Prima Concept

Ford Prima 

By Frank Peiler–Publisher, Collectible Automobile magazine  

I’ve picked my favorite concept cars from the Fifties and Sixties, so now it’s time to move on to the Seventies. If you remember seeing any of these dream cars at an auto show, tell us about it. Be sure and let us know what you thought about the concept at the time.

Mar
04
Charger III Concept

Dodge Charger III

By Frank Peiler–Publisher, Collectible Automobile magazine  

Having already compiled a list of my favorite concept cars from the Fifties, I have moved on to the Sixties. If you haven’t already checked out my Fifties picks, you can do so here. If there are any cars you’d add to this list, please let us know what they are—there are literally dozens of excellent cars to choose from.

Feb
24
1986 Renault Encore

1986 Renault Encore

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