Posts from ‘Plymouth’
By 1971 you could feel the storm coming. What would later be known as the The Malaise–the painful period of dull, under-performing automobiles–would kick in just months after the ads shared here first ran. Look through these ads for clues that the new-car world was about to become a duller place. The Dodge Demon, for example, promises more style than power, with focus on stripes and appliqués instead of horsepower.
We’ve been using the word fastest to describe the best-performing rides tested by Consumer Guide in the past. The word we really should be using is quickest. Technically, a fast car has an impressive top speed, and without a test track, and situated in the Chicago suburbs, top speed was never a metric CG attempted to measure.
Folks are fond of recalling epidemics. We all know about the Black Death plague of medieval times, but do you recall hearing about the Great Plague of Vienna (look it up) or the Russian Plague of 1770?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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: