Posts from ‘Plymouth’

Mar
24
1956 Buick Special Wagon

1956 Buick Special Wagon

The emergence of automotive tail fins can be attributed in a large part to America’s fascination with air and space travel. At the dawn of the jet age, it was common for manufacturers to hawk their wares–automotive and otherwise–with references to fighter planes and rockets.

Feb
23
1963 Lincoln Ad

1963 Lincoln Continental

Among the least notable events of 1963 was the first airing of Petticoat Junction on CBS. The second of the network’s “rural” shows, Petticoat Junction would join The Beverly Hillbillies, which was introduced for 1962, and be run alongside Green Acres, which would debut in 1964.

Jan
04
Detail of 1962 Plymouth Ad

Detail of 1962 Plymouth Ad

In 1962, color television broadcasts were still a relatively new and novel feature. So new, in fact, that Disney dubbed its prime-time Sunday-evening program “World of Color.”

Nov
22
1969 Ford Torino

One of the spotlight cars at this year’s show was Bobby Unser’s Boss-429-powered 1969 Torino race car, which was purpose-built by Holman-Moody, Bill Stroppe, and Smokey Yunick to set Pikes Peak records, which it did. Ever seen Goodyear Blue Streak dirt tires before?

The weekend before Thanksgiving is a great time to be in the Chicagoland area if you’re a car guy, because that’s when the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals rolls through town. The 2016 edition of MCACN took over the Donald E. Stephens convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, last weekend, bringing with it a bevy of amazing all-American machinery.

Nov
18
1986 Yugo Ad

1986 Yugo Ad

Socially and culturally, 1986 was a pretty big year. It was the year that the space shuttle Challenger was lost, and the year Pixar Animation Studios was formed. Microsoft stock was first sold to the public in 1986, and The Oprah Winfrey Show made its syndication debut.

Nov
07
Chrysler 360-inch V8

Chrysler 360-cubic-inch V8

Big is a relative term. In regards to American passenger-car engines, “big” in the early Seventies meant 460 cubic inches from Ford; 440 cubic inches from Chrysler; and 454, 455, and even 500 cubic inches from General Motors.

Nov
02
1976 Plymouth Volaré Road Runner

1976 Plymouth Volaré Road Runner

Stephen Stills wasn’t thinking about the American automotive “Malaise Era” when he wrote “Love the One You’re With,” but for enthusiasts of the time, the sentiment was apt:

Oct
05
1961 Plymouth
1961 Plymouth

After a decade of healthy economic growth and general future-think optimism, Americans were forced to face an unpleasant truth: The world was no longer an entirely happy place in 1961.

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
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.

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