Posts from ‘Datsun’

Jun
07
1972 Plymouth Road Runner, Classic Ads From 1972

1972 Plymouth Road Runner

Per most automotive historians, the automotive Malaise Era—the period during which American carmakers built relatively low-power and rather dull vehicles—ran from 1973 through 1983.

May
12
1971 Dodge Demon Sizzler, Classic Ads From 1971

1971 Dodge Demon Sizzler

 

By 1971 you could feel the storm coming. What would later be known as the The Malaise–the painful period of dull, under-performing automobiles–would kick in just months after the ads shared here first ran. Look through these ads for clues that the new-car world was about to become a duller place. The Dodge Demon, for example, promises more style than power, with focus on stripes and appliqués instead of horsepower.

Feb
13
1973 Dodge Colt, Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 1973

1973 Dodge Colt

We recently shared a list of Consumer Guide’s thirstiest gas guzzlers of 1973—you can check out that post here.

Jan
23
1973 Volkswagen Bus, Slowest Cars of 1973

1973 Volkswagen Bus

As you may have taken note while reading our 10 Fastest Cars of 1973 post, ’73 was a fairly entertaining year for the editors of Consumer Guide. Not only did my predecessors have the opportunity to evaluate a DeTomaso Pantera, but that year’s docket also included a cadre of “mini buses” and sport-utility vehicles as well.

Jan
16
1973 Chevy Nova Coupe, Fastest Cars of 1973

The Chevrolet Nova was the 7th-fastest-accelerating vehicle tested by Consumer Guide in 1973.

Our 1973 list of fastest cars is very different from our 1972 list. The primary reason for the disparity has to do with the variety of vehicles tested by Consumer Guide in the early Seventies.

Dec
09
1980 Volkswagen Rabbit ad, Car Ads Featuring Snow

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit ad

According to the National Weather Service, 39 U.S. states saw more than ten inches of snow least year. Now, that snow isn’t especially well dispersed across each state. Here in Illinois, snowfall totals up near Chicago are far higher than they are down near St. Louis, but it’s a safe bet most Illinoisans have at least a passing familiarity with the white stuff.

Dec
05
1983 Mercury Colony Park

1983 Mercury Colony Park

Today, most wagons are luxury-brand wagons. By our count, there’s just one non-luxury, non-crossover wagon available for sale in the U.S., and that’s the Volkswagen Jetta.

Nov
15
1980 Ford Thunderbird, Fastest Cars of 1980

1980 Ford Thunderbird

Fast is a relative term. For 2017, there are a number of vehicles that will make the mad dash from a dead stop to 60 mph in three seconds or less. Count the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Porsche 911 Turbo among them.

Oct
28
Automotive Halloween Costume

Question: What would an Eighties BMW 3-Series driver wear?

Some 200 million Americans fall between the ages of 20 and 70. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that 25 percent of those folks are headed off to a costume party this Halloween. What fraction of that group would you say will be wearing a Donald Trump costume? If it’s ten percent—and that seems really low to me—that means that more than 6 million folks will be bobbing for apples or tossing back hard cider while wearing a dark suit, red tie, and a Donald mask. Don’t be one of those people. (And yes, that number includes women. It’s even funnier if women dress up as Donald Trump.)

Aug
12
1982 Dodge Pickup Ad

1972 Dodge Pickup Ad

The best evidence that many modern-day pickup-truck buyers don’t use their trucks as “real” trucks is bed length. For example, Crew Cab versions of the Chevrolet Silverado can be had with a 5.5-foot cargo box—a bed far too small to accommodate the traditional 4 X 8 sheet of plywood, much less a couch. This is telling, because Crew Cab models are far and away the best-selling Silverados.