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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.

May
04
1979 Pontiacs

1979 Pontiac Grand Prix

To perform a quick case study on how different the automotive world is today from what it was in 1979, consider the following:

Sep
28
1979 Oldsmobile Starfire

1979 Oldsmobile Starfire

By 1979, there was light visible at the end of the tunnel for performance-car enthusiasts. Though horsepower was still wanting in most cases, cars were growing leaner, and arguably better built.

Sep
05
1979 Dodge Aspen

1979 Dodge Aspen

By the time the 1976 model year rolled around, the trusty round headlamp had been an auto-industry norm for more than 70 years. Much of what drove this stylistic consistency was the easily replaced one-piece sealed-beam lamp, the use of which became U.S. law in 1940.

Nov
11
1979 Cadillac Seville Ad

1979 Cadillac Seville

What price luxury? In 1979 terms, that price was around $8000… because that’s about where the base prices of the near-luxury Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight and Buick Electra kicked in. Just a little higher up the dollar tree we find the Chrysler New Yorker.

Nov
07
Chrysler 360-inch V8, Largest Car Engines of 1979

Chrysler 360-cubic-inch V8

Big is a relative term. In regards to American passenger-car engines, “big” in the early Seventies meant 460 cubic inches from Ford; 440 cubic inches from Chrysler; and 454, 455, and even 500 cubic inches from General Motors.

Nov
10
1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Springs

1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Beach

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

What has two doors; is 218.2-inches long; and is white, pastel yellow, and wood-grained all over? If the first thing that pops into your mind is the special-edition 1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Beach, you may have just identified your perfect set of cheap wheels.

Oct
16
Bad Car Names

Is St. Regis a better name for a car, or a hospital?

Sometimes, automotive models names aren’t so much bad as they are inappropriate. It’s worth noting that when Cadillac rolled out a compact model based on the Chevrolet Cavalier, the brand came up with a new name for the car—Cimarron—instead of carelessly appropriating a heritage moniker along the lines of LaSalle Sport or Deville II.

Jun
15
1979 Ford Fairmont

1979 Ford Fairmont

For American compact cars, 1979 was really the calm before the storm. Though the clean-sheet Ford Fairmont had been rolled out the year before—and with it a Mercury clone dubbed Zephyr—the move to front-wheel drive was yet to come, a transition that would introduce Americans to a new generation of cars dubbed “X” and “K.”

May
04
1979 Cadillac

Cadillac’s DeVille and Fleetwood models only rank 5th on our list of the longest rides of 1979.

In this, the last installment of our “Hard to Park” series, we fully see the impact of downsizing on the overall lengths of some of our favorite Seventies machines. For 1979, Chrysler launched its redesigned “R-Body” sedans, each almost a foot shorter than the vehicles they replaced.