Posts from ‘Classic Cars’

Nov
28
Mercury XM Concept, Woman in back of XM concept, Mercury concept with rumble seats

Mercury XM Concept

Forgotten Concepts, 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.

Nov
23
Chrysler Volaré, 1985

1985 Chrysler Volaré

Odds are you’ll never see never see one of these cars, but know this: Chrysler indulged in some very confusing rebadging back in the Eighties, especially in Mexico.

Nov
22
JJD Twin Tyres, Classic Car Ads: Safety

JJD Twin Tyres

I haven’t heard much about how “safety sells” in recent years. Automotively, we’ve moved on from safety—in general terms—to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). ADAS systems include things like blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, and lane-keep assist. Really, stuff we should all be pretty good at by now—without help.

Nov
09
Triumph TR7, The Shape of Things to Come

1975 Triumph TR7

Though I was already reading car magazines in 1975, I have a clearer memory of the TV commercials for the Triumph TR7 than I do the print ads. That said, I recall the print ads, too, and they had a profound impact on my development as a car guy.

Nov
09
1980 International Scout

1980 International Scout

In case you haven’t heard, the Volkswagen Group has announced the formation of an all-new lineup of electric SUVs and pickup trucks to be marketed under the Scout brand.

Oct
25

1979 LeBaron Town & Country

Until the Cordoba came along in 1975, the Chrysler brand had sold only large cars in the U.S. A hit with monied midsize car shoppers, the Cordoba gave the near-luxury brand an entry into the midsize market, and the perfect response to rising fuel prices as well as pesky car-payment swelling inflation.

Oct
18

Bluesmobile

By Paul Herrold

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses…Hit it!”

Though only a modest hit during the time of its release, The Blues Brothers has since reached cult status. What legendary film critic Gene Siskel regarded as the “best movie ever made in Chicago” has become a symbol of both the city as well as its rich music history, exposing a generation to blues and soul legends. But despite starring Dan Aykroyd, the late John Belushi, and even featuring cameos from Steven Spielberg and Carrie Fisher, there was one iconic character who rose to stardom above the rest—the Bluesmobile.

Oct
11
1921 Haynes, Cars of 1912

1912 Haynes

Fun thing to think about: 1912 was Chevrolet’s first full year on the market. Now, 111 years later, Chevrolet is still around, but most of the brands seen below are not. It’s odd to think that this gallery is filled with the cars that Chevrolet buyers in 1912 either passed on, or simply could not afford.

Sep
30
1947 Hudson Series 178 Pickup

1947 Hudson Series 178 Pickup

 Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Hudson trucks always were a rare sight, even when new. Hudson Motor Company, founded in 1909, didn’t offer a true truck line until 1929. It instead concentrated on cars.

Sep
28
1971 Ford LTD, Print Ad, quiet, Coupes of 1971

1971 Ford LTD

If you’ve been following auto stuff long enough, you’ve likely come across the descriptor 2-door sedan. Some will argue that all 2-door vehicles with a trunk are coupes, while other folks argue otherwise. According to the editors at website Curbside Classics, this is the real story: