Posts from ‘GMC’

Mar
16
1983 Ford Thunderbird

1983 Ford Thunderbird

I graduated from high school in 1983. The third year of President Ronald Reagan’s first term was pretty good to me—I spent the summer working full time at a service station, I starting taking classes at a local junior college, and I spent a considerable amount of time looking at, reading about, and talking about cars.

Feb
22

Pickup Truck Diesels

In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal known colloquially as Dieselgate, German automakers have almost completely discontinued offering their diesel-engine models in the United States–at least for the time being. Yet, somehow, sales of sales of diesel vehicles in the U.S. are actually up slightly. How is that possible?

Jan
22
GMC MotorHome

GMC MotorHome

In the large motorhome biz, it is customary for a coachbuilder to purchase a basic chassis and powertrain from a truck maker, and then assemble its end product on that procured rolling framework. That’s how big-name motorhome companies such as Winnebago and Holiday Rambler do it.

Dec
21
1977 Ford Falcon

1976 Ford Falcon

An important automotive anniversary passed with little fanfare recently. At least, it passed with little fanfare here in the United States.

Nov
08
Jim Rockford Firebird, Rockford Files

Though they were nowhere near as flashy as the typical “star car,” the no-nonsense Pontiac Firebirds that James Garner drove on The Rockford Files are among the best-loved TV/movie vehicles of all time.

Jim Rockford is the only TV detective with a driving move named for him. The late James Garner, who played Jim Rockford, didn’t invent the reverse 180-degree “J-turn,” but he used it so often in The Rockford Files television series that the maneuver is forever associated with the character. To execute a “Rockford,” Jim Rockford would drive about 35 mph in reverse, then let off the gas, turn the steering wheel sharply, and pull on the emergency brake. The car’s front end would swing around 180 degrees, and Rockford would be off—now driving forward.

Nov
06
2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

The group of vehicles loosely referred to as small crossovers is currently the hottest-selling segment in the U.S.

Aug
14
1991 GMC Sierra 1500

1991 GMC Sierra 1500

Though it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that pickup trucks started becoming luxury cars with cargo beds, 1991 is pretty close to that point. Around that time, rear doors started appearing on extended-cab trucks, and leather upholstery began showing up on options lists.

Aug
02
GM LLR Vortec 3700, GM 5-Cylinder Engine

The LLR Vortec 3700 is one version of the only 5-cylinder engine General Motors has ever made available in the U.S.

Americans tend to enjoy their engine cylinder counts in even numbers. Engines of 4-, 6-, and 8 cylinders have powered an overwhelmingly large majority of the vehicles ever sold in the U.S, and for good reason.

Jun
14
1987 Ford Bronco II, Compact SUVs of 1987

1987 Ford Bronco II

The traditional sedan is dead. Ask any product planner at any manufacturer, and he or she will tell you just that. Toyota’s RAV4 compact crossover has been outselling the brand’s Camry sedan for a while now… and the Camry had previously been America’s most-popular vehicle (that wasn’t a full-size pickup) for many years running.

May
11
Explorer GMC Savannah Coversion

This Explorer conversion of a Chevrolet Express Van is painted in the company’s “Southern Comfort” livery and includes the “Antelope” ground-effects package.

Blame the minivan. Prior to the 1984 arrival of the first minivans–the ground-breaking Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager–the vehicle options for a family of six were fairly limited.

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