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Mar
08
Ford Prima Concept, Coolest Concept Cars of the 70s

Ford Prima 

By Frank Peiler–Publisher, Collectible Automobile magazine  

I’ve picked my favorite concept cars from the Fifties and Sixties, so now it’s time to move on to the Seventies. If you remember seeing any of these dream cars at an auto show, tell us about it. Be sure and let us know what you thought about the concept at the time.

Mar
04
Charger III Concept, Coolest Concept Cars of the 60s

Dodge Charger III

By Frank Peiler–Publisher, Collectible Automobile magazine  

Having already compiled a list of my favorite concept cars from the Fifties, I have moved on to the Sixties. If you haven’t already checked out my Fifties and Seventies concept-car picks, please do so. If there are any cars you’d add to this list, please let us know what they are—there are literally dozens of excellent cars to choose from.

Mar
03
1955 Lincoln Futura

Lincoln Futura

By Frank Peiler–Publisher, Collectible Automobile magazine  

My first visit to the Chicago Auto Show happened in 1953, when I was 12 years old. Before then, I had to rely on the huge auto-show sections in Sunday editions of the three newspapers my family subscribed to: the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News, and Chicago Sun-Times. I vividly recall pawing through the 1951 auto-show sections for every picture I could find of the Buick XP-300 and the only car that really amazed me, the LeSabre. It was then that I resolved to attend the auto show in person—as soon as I could persuade someone to take me.

Jul
29
2016 Kozy Koot, Cozy Coupe

The 2016 Kozy Koot will start at $8995. Model above shown with optional equipment.

by Frank Peiler

A plug-in electric vehicle with a 30-mile range, the Kozy Koot (not Cozy Coupe) is for the get-up-and-go senior looking to relive his childhood–or just get around without walking.

Mar
11
Bizzaro World Corvette

What if another manufacturer had created their own version of 1953 Chevrolet Corvette?

 

Frank Peiler, Consumer Guide Automotive’s Publisher Emeritus, is back for another round of  “What If” design studies. This time, Frank envisions what the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette might have looked like if it had been designed by Studebaker, Hudson, Packard, Nash, Dodge, Ford, or Kaiser. For more of Frank’s “What If?” artwork, check out his blogs on the 1957 Mercury, 1957 Packard, Cord 810, and Lincoln Continental.

Apr
23
1965 Ford Mustang Drawings

What if…the Mustang had been penned by a company other than Ford?

By Frank Peiler

Little did anyone know that the Ford Mustang would be such a big hit. The first-ever pony car spawned a segment that would soon include the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, Mercury Cougar, AMC Javelin, and Dodge Challenger, to name a few.

Apr
01
1957 Continental Mark II

What if a company other than Ford had designed the 1956-1957 Mark II? Frank Peiler answers that question. In this case, Chrysler gets a shot at the legendary Continental coupe.

by Frank Peiler

It’s just my opinion, but I think that the 1956-57 Continental Mark II was one of the best designs to come out of Detroit (Dearborn) in the 20th Century, or at least post World War II.  Its clean, dignified, uncluttered lines were in sharp contrast to the flamboyant chrome-laden cars of the day.

May
15
1955 Chevrolet Drawings

1955 Chevrolet by AMC

Note: Frank Peiler is the publisher emeritus of Consumer Guide Automotive. For more of Frank’s “What If?” artwork, check out his blogs on the 1957 Mercury, 1957 Packard, Cord 810, and Lincoln Continental.

The 1955 Chevrolet had it all. It was all-new from bumper to bumper with a new frame, new V8 engine, and new body.

The body design was a complete departure from previous Chevys. The hood was low, and the fender line was window-sill high. With a wide panoramic windshield and Ferrari-like grille, it looked like it was designed as a show car for one of the General Motors Motoramas. Here it is in hardtop form . . .

Mar
01
1941 Continental

Packard Clipper Pan American

Note: Frank Peiler is the publisher emeritus of Consumer Guide Automotive. For more of Frank’s “What If?” artwork, check out his blogs on the 1957 Packard, Cord 810, and 1957 Mercury Turnpike.

Jan
12

1957 Packard Concept Car, 1957 Packard Prototype

The year 1956 marked the last hurrah for the “real” Packard. After that, Studebaker tried (somewhat successfully) to turn a Studebaker President into a Packard, but it was too little (literally!) too late.