Posts from ‘AMC’

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

Consumer Guide Automotive has enjoyed the service of countless long-term test vehicles over the past few decades. As a matter of policy, those vehicles generally remained in our test fleet for a period of six to 12 months, and represented models that we felt were of special interest to our readers.

Feb
17
1966 Mercury Colony Park

1966 Mercury Colony Park

The era during which real wood was used to supplement the rear/side steel bodywork of a vehicle was relatively short.

Dec
28
1983 Chrysler Imperial

With a 16.5-second 0-60 mph performance, the Imperial tied for 9th place on our slowest cars of 1983 list.

As a follow up to our The 10 Slowest Cars of 1981* post, we examine the state of new-car acceleration two years later. As it turns out, things did improve, but not probably as dramatically as shoppers at the time would have liked.

Oct
26
1976 AMC Pacer

1976 AMC Pacer

History’s greatest disaster metaphor is inarguably the Titanic, the giant, “unsinkable” ship that would go ahead and promptly sink on its maiden voyage. I would argue that NBC’s prime-time drama “Super Train” was actually a more impressive disaster, but since no one remembers the show, it’s unlikely to catch on as a cultural reference point.

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