Posts from ‘Pontiac’

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
03
1981 Ford LTD

1981 Ford LTD

As far as recessions go, the economic dip of the early Eighties wasn’t much of a downturn. Apparently the Fed overdid it a bit, and tightened the money supply a bit more than banks and lenders liked.

Sep
27
1984 Pontiac Fiero

1984 Pontiac Fiero

In order to sell General Motors brass on the idea of building a small, two-seat coupe, Pontiac marketing types made a few interesting concessions.

Sep
11
2005 Chrysler 300 C Touring

2005 Chrysler 300 C Touring

Fact: You can’t sell a station wagon in the United States anymore. Fact: You can dress a station wagon up like an SUV and sell that, as evidenced by the popular Subaru Outback.

Aug
30
1964 Pontiac/Acadia

1964 Acadian Beaumont

It’s very easy to forget the Canadian auto market. At first glance, the folks up north seem to buy the same cars we Americans do, at about the same rate and for about the same prices. As it turns out, that’s not entirely correct.

Aug
23
1961 Plymouth

1961 Plymouth

There are few things in the automotive world more subjective than a list of good- or bad-looking vehicles. Our recent list of 10 Great Car Grilles was met with overwhelming response–and most of the feedback included suggestions for subsequent lists.

Aug
21
1967 Pontiac Catalina

1967 Pontiac Catalina

How important is your facial expression when meeting someone for the first time?

As part of a 2014 study on the matter, researchers at the York University in England analyzed people’s first impressions of 16 social traits using 1,000 different facial images. Those images were organized into three categories: approachability, youthfulness and attractiveness, and dominance.

Aug
17
1976 Pontiac Grand Prix

1976 Pontiac Grand Prix

While many advertisers latched onto the Bicentennial hype surrounding our nation’s 200th birthday, automakers largely did not. Sure, there were several red, white, and blue-themed special-edition trim packages available (mostly as 1975 models), but otherwise the automakers were largely mum on the subject.

Aug
09
1971 Plymouth Satellite

1971 Plymouth Satellite

There’s an all-new Honda Accord coming for 2018. Among the numerous changes to the Accord lineup for ’18 is the elimination of the available V6 engine, and the addition of two available turbocharged engines.

Jul
26
1975 AMC Pacer

1975 AMC Pacer

Despite the crushing blows of unleaded gasoline, catalytic converters, and ungainly 5-mph bumpers, 1975 was not actually a boring year, automotively speaking.

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