Posts from ‘Classic Cars’

Jul
11
1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport

1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport

Note: This article is reprinted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile

By Jack Stewart

Ramona and Mike Wilson knew that their 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport fastback coupe was special when they bought it new. The Madison, North Carolina, couple liked it so much that they still have it 44 years later.

Jul
10
1977 Chrysler 318

The Chrysler corporate 318-cubic-inch engine was the smallest V8 available in the 1977 Plymouth Fury.

Car-guy discussions regarding automotive downsizing usually center on styling. I have done my share of kvetching about how a few model lines that were “resized” in the late Seventies and early Eighties came off looking like caricatures of the cars they replaced.

Jul
07
1952 Kaiser Manhattan

1952 Kaiser Manhattan

One of the easiest shortcuts in marketing is to name a product for a well-regarded geographic location. In doing so, a company can evoke the charm/ruggedness/sophistication/opulence of said place, thus saving considerable advertising time and effort.

Jul
05
1970 Chrysler Imperial Review

1970 Chrysler LeBaron Imperial

For 2017, Consumer Guide awarded 43 Best Buys across 20 different vehicle categories. You can check out all of our 2017 Best Buys here.

Jun
28
1971 Pontiac LeMans

1971 Pontiac LeMans

A few readers who checked out our Fastest Cars of 1971 post expressed some dismay—and incredulity—that all of ranked vehicles posted 0-60-mph times within just one second of each other. In fact, those cars all posted times within half a second of each other.

Jun
27
1953 Plymouth Cranbrook convertible

1953 Plymouth Cranbrook convertible

Note: This article is reprinted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile

By Jack Stewart

In 1953, the U.S. economy was robust. Bestowed with fresh styling, Plymouth set a record with almost 650,000 cars built while retaining its number-three sales position behind Chevrolet and Ford—as it had since 1931. Nineteen fifty-three was also Plymouth’s 25th anniversary, but it chose not to celebrate. Perhaps with Ford and Buick celebrating golden anniversaries that year, Plymouth felt like an upstart.

Jun
23
1973 Plymouth Road Runner

1973 Plymouth Road Runner

If you were even partially hip on current events in 1973, you likely recall the OPEC Oil Crisis.

Jun
21
1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1

1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1

If you give the Ford Mustang credit for anything, it should be resiliency. Introduced in 1964 as a ’65 model, the Mustang has been in continuous production ever since.

Jun
19
1971 Plymouth Barracuda

1971 Plymouth Barracuda

Statisticians refer to groups of similar-value data points as clusters. In fact, there is a field of study known as cluster analysis, which looks to identify common threads linking cluster elements to each other.

Jun
16
1981 Chrevrolet Citation

1981 Chrevrolet Citation

It was a bold move by General Motors. In one fell swoop, GM discontinued four vehicles that had grown mostly irrelevant, and replaced them with modern, cutting-edge machines perfectly tailored to meet the expectations of a changing marketplace.

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