Archive for October, 2018
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.
If you’re roughly my age—let’s say five decades into this whole life process—you’ve seen a fair number of automobile brands fade into the sunset.
I was probably most impacted by the demise of Pontiac, but I remember feeling a twinge of sadness at the deaths of AMC, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and—no kidding—Checker.
2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles driven: 210
Fuel used: 13.5 gallons
There’s a certain cachet to sedans with all-wheel drive. Though largely shunned by folks in states in which snow is not a real threat to commuting ease, AWD vehicles in general have caught on with the buying public, accounting for as much as 80 percent of the sales of certain crossover-SUV models in cities such as Chicago and New York.
Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Miles driven: 670
Fuel used: 20.3 gallons
If you’re my age (around the half-century mark), you’ve been programmed since high school to fully appreciate the dangers and potentially disastrous consequences of drinking and driving. And, indeed, since I began college in 1983, the legal penalties for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol have become significantly harsher.
Class: Midsize Car
Miles driven: 590
Fuel used: 11.9 gallons
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.