Posts from ‘Classic Cars’

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.

Sep
12
1988 Mercury Cougar, Mercury Cougar Ads

1988 Mercury Cougar

In the annals of automotive retailing, there are few–if any–model names that have been applied to more body types or market segments than Mercury’s Cougar badge. Over the moniker’s multi-decade run, it was used on coupes, sedans, station wagons, convertibles, pony cars, muscle cars, luxury cars, and, at the end of its run, a front-wheel-drive sporty hatchback.

Sep
07
Cadillac V8-6-4, What Was The Cadillac V8-6-4?

Cadillac V8-6-4 (L62) engine

What was the Cadillac V8-6-4? A glib response to this question might be, “a joke,” “a mistake,” or “ a mechanic’s nightmare.” And while the Caddy-exclusive engine was inarguably fraught with glitches, a more circumspect reply might be, “a flawed technological marvel that was about a decade ahead of its time.”

Sep
04
2002 Ford Thunderbird

2002 Ford Thunderbird

History has probably been unkind to the 11th-generation Ford Thunderbird. Ask your average enthusiast about the relative marketplace success of Ford’s retro-themed 2-seat convertible, and you’re likely to be told that the revived T-Bird was a flop.

Aug
31
1955 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

1955 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

photos by Al Rogers

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Part car and part truck, the sedan delivery had been on the American motoring scene since the late Twenties. It was a convenient and fairly economical vehicle for tradesmen and small-business operators whose hauling needs didn’t warrant the use of a large truck or required a more genteel presence.

Aug
28
What ws the Iron Duke?

Though technically a Pontiac engine, the Iron Duke found a place under the hood of dozens of non-Pontiac models.

The Chevrolet Vega was meant to be a technical and efficiency tour de force. The good-looking, lightweight little car featured a number of cutting-edge features, and was positioned to prove that the Bow-Tie Brand—and on a broader scale General Motors—was in a position to take on the low-cost and fuel-efficient imports that were starting to show up in dealerships at the beginning of the Seventies.

Aug
23
Coolest Dashboards

1955 Packard

by Frank Peiler

In the early days of the automobile, dashboards were just that: wooden planks onto which gauges and switches were mounted.

By the early Thirties, wood dashboards were replaced by steel, and designers began to take an interest in the collection of dials and knobs located there.

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