Posts from ‘AMC’
A lot can happen in the span of eight years. An industrious student can get through medical school, the United States can elect two presidents, and the television show Full House can run its full eight-season course.
This quote from Consumer Guide’s ’73 Auto Test magazine says almost everything you need to know about the performance potential of the vehicles discussed below:
Our 1973 list of fastest cars is very different from our 1972 list. The primary reason for the disparity has to do with the variety of vehicles tested by Consumer Guide in the early Seventies.
Today, most wagons are luxury-brand wagons. By our count, there’s just one non-luxury, non-crossover wagon available for sale in the U.S., and that’s the Volkswagen Jetta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.