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Apr
28
1980 Chevrolet Chevette, Bring Back the Chevette

1980 Chevrolet Chevette

The Chevette was a piece of crap. Everyone knew it then, and most people recall it that way now. So, why would anyone wax poetic about a vehicle that was the very embodiment of American carmakers’ contempt for folks seeking small, inexpensive, reliable transportation? Because America needs crap cars too—or at least it used to.

Apr
14
Chevrolet Electrovette

Chevrolet Electrovette Concept (foreground) and Chevette Turbo Injection. Both vehicles were based on the production Chevrolet Chevette. The Turbo Injection featured a turbocharged and fuel-injected version of the Chevette’s stock 1.6-liter engine. It made 100 horsepower–37 more than the standard mill.

Forgotten Concepts This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Jul
08
Cheapest American Cars of 1980

1980 Mercury Bobcat

There are few emotional influences more powerful than nostalgia. To hear my mother tell it, for example, everything was better in the old country. Given the fact that mom’s childhood home lacked electricity, indoor plumbing, and access to Netflix, I’m pretty sure the fog of time is clouding her judgement somewhat.

Aug
13
1985 Pontiac Firefly

Most Americans have never heard of the Firefly, but Canadian consumers might well have considered purchasing one of these subcompact Pontiacs. A 1987 “Base” is shown.

Pontiac of Canada was well known for selling gently tweaked variations of Chevy products for exclusive distribution north of the border. The 1976-1987 Pontiac Acadian for example, was actually a retrimmed Chevrolet Chevette.

Apr
06
1953 Crosley

1953 Crosley by General Motors

By Frank Peiler

Time for another exercise in counterfactual automotive history. This time we ask the question: What would have happened if other carmakers had lent their designers to Crosley Motors to help style an all-new 1953 Crosley lineup?

Sep
27
1984 Pontiac Fiero

1984 Pontiac Fiero

In order to sell General Motors brass on the idea of building a small, two-seat coupe, Pontiac marketing types made a few interesting concessions.

May
22
1986 Chevette, Cheapest American Cars

1986 Chevrolet Chevette

By 1986, car shoppers were looking for a little more than basic transportation. And while cheap/affordable cars were still the best-selling models, they were generally equipped with such conveniences as automatic transmission and such niceties as FM radio and air conditioning.

Jan
05
1987 Dodge Colt Vista

1987 Dodge Colt Vista

Based anecdotally on conversations I’ve had recently, a good number of people believe that many American-brand vehicles are built by foreign companies. I actually heard one person claim, “They’re all built by the Chinese now anyway.” Sadly, I was related to this person.

Dec
28
1983 Chrysler Imperial

With a 16.5-second 0-60 mph performance, the Imperial tied for 9th place on our slowest cars of 1983 list.

As a follow up to our The 10 Slowest Cars of 1981* post, we examine the state of new-car acceleration two years later. As it turns out, things did improve, but not probably as dramatically as shoppers at the time would have liked.

Nov
05
1976 Volkswagen Rabbit, Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 1976

The Volkswagen Rabbit was the 4th most-efficient American-market car of 1976.

Before fuel injection, variable-valve timing, computer-enhanced aerodynamics, and continuously variable transmissions, there was only one path to fuel efficiency: small engines in small cars.