Posts from ‘Classic Cars’

Oct
19

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Oct
18
1960 Dodge D100

1960 Dodge D100

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

As James Longoni’s sparklingly restored Dodge ½-ton pickup seen here clearly demonstrates, by 1960, the outlines of the modern pickup truck had been drawn. Stylishness and a rising level of creature comforts would increasingly be expected. America’s hardy workhorse was being turned into a polished thoroughbred.

Oct
08
1979 New Yorker Limo

1979 Phaeton New Yorker Presidental Limousine

On any given weekday, I receive at least half a dozen story pitches, all of which arrive via email, and most of which include links to digital press kits.

Oct
02
2006 Chevrolet Impala SS

2006 Chevrolet Impala SS

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The original Chevrolet Impala Super Sport was a trendsetter, and from 1961 through 1969 the nameplate adorned some fast-and-fantastic Chevy hardtops and convertibles. But as classic muscle peaked, interest in full-size performance gave way to luxury.

Oct
02
Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition

Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Jeep’s compact Cherokee and Wagoneer proved popular after their debuts for 1984, and parent AMC was already working on a larger replacement when Chrysler bought the company in 1987. Chrysler had other priorities, so it took until the 1993 model year for the replacement to go on sale. At that point the decision was made to keep the old type in production and position the new vehicle upmarket as the Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer.

Sep
28
2005 Pontiac Aztek

2005 Pontiac Aztek

I’m not quite prepared to suggest that Pontiac’s Aztek crossover would have sold well if it had been launched as a 2018 model, but I am willing to propose that it might have been better received in today’s marketplace than it was when it debuted back in 2001.

Sep
26
1990 Chrysler Imperial, Chryslers of 1990

1990 Chrysler Imperial

I’ve long argued that the menu planners at Taco Bell are among the most resourceful product engineers in the fast-food world. Using just a handful of ingredients, the wizards at “the Bell” have brought us tacos, burritos, tostadas, chalupas, gorditas, Enchiritos, Crispas, Bell Beefers, Cheesaritos, Crunchwraps, Quesaritos, and, with the help of Frito Lay, the awe-inspiring Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco.

Sep
21
Corvette Acronyms

The Corvette did very well in SCCA endurance racing in 1985, a fact that was shared in the car’s 1986 ad campaign.

Maybe it was just the prevailing atmosphere of the Eighties, but when the Chevrolet Corvette was redesigned for 1984, it was no longer a muscle-bound sports car. Instead, it was marketed as a high-tech marvel.

Sep
20
1974 Pontiac GTO

1974 Pontiac GTO

Just a thought: What if the 1974 Pontiac GTO was never actually named “GTO?” What if, instead of disappointing GTO loyalists, this extensively upgraded compact Pontiac had instead been called the Ventura GT?

Sep
17
Volvo Halifax Assembly

Volvo was the first foreign carmaker to produce automobiles in North America. The company’s Halifax assembly facility built Volvos between 1963 and 1998.

This past June, Volvo gave the public a peek at its redesigned S60 compact sedan. Long one of the Swedish maker’s volume products, the S60 introduction alone would have been news enough to merit media attention. It was the venue for the S60 reveal that stole the show, however.

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