We always like to watch and poke fun at ads from back in the day. The weird hair and clothing choices are typically set of by a really over-the-top spokesperson for a car that you can only now find at a Barrett-Jackson auction. This 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle ad has all of these elements, but somehow is more effective than any Chevy ad on TV today.
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By now the notion of a car built on the assembly line is a common one, but have you ever considered how the car is actually built and in what order? If you’re a gearhead like myself, you’ve probably been clicking through the channels and landed on some kind of “How It’s Made” type of show. Typically, you only get snippets of the production process, seen from the view of the employee. Until now.
Now that the 2015 Mustang has had its unofficial – and official – launch in social media, it’s had some time to settle in, and gallons of ink will be spilled over the next year on whether it’s a success or not. Through the lens of time, let’s take a look at nine of the more significant redesigns in automotive history, that either set a new standard or sent designers back to the drawing board.
Santa knows what he’s doing when he doles out gifts. If you’ve been a loudmouth, sniveling little heathen, he’s going to drop enough coal in your stocking to fuel the B&M railroad. If you’ve been good, then he will bestow upon you all that you want, but wanting something isn’t so cut and dry.
There is the “oh I know I’ve wanted this” wanted something, and there is the “I want an item that embodies all of these attributes” wanting something and not knowing exactly what that is. Thankfully, the choice of “least-desired” is a little more cut-and-dry. There are some cars that absolutely no one wants to drive. If you have not been behaving this year, take heed to my warning, as you may find this terrible ride in your garage come Christmas day:
This morning I walked out of the house to a few inches of snow and ice on the road, and a big-ass Dodge Ram diesel to drive. But my normal ride is a 1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon, shod with four Glacier Grip snow tires. In 25 years of New England driving and over 30 cars, I’ve only had one front wheel drive car, and one four-wheel drive vehicle. A lot of us grew up with rear drive, and once you get it figured out, it makes driving in the snow something you look forward to, rather than dreading. In short– the notion of FWD and AWD supremacy in the snow is a myth.
After World War II ended, Americans went on a well-deserved spending spree. Newfound prosperity combined with technological advances gave the public a hunger for products with cutting-edge features, and cars were no exception. By the 1950′s the rise of youth culture, led by teens and young adults with real spending power, combined with other factors to create one of the first true sports cars of the time.
Competition among existing auto manufacturers was tight, leading the Nash and Hudson companies to embark on a merger beginning in 1954. The first president of the new enterprise, industrialist and Republican politician George Romney, injected his conservative values into his leadership, causing AMC to focus on practical vehicles that emphasized economy and family-friendliness. This approach took a few years to catch on, but by the early 60s AMC was enjoying success with its Rambler line.
“Get it in gear, damnit!” Have you ever yelled these words out to yourself while trying to learn to drive stick? Or perhaps you are not a neophyte to the row-your-own shifter, but are dealing with an older car, without synchomesh, making the process of getting the car in gear a daunting one. To take your mind off that problem, we can take you along while we look at five unique gear selectors from past and present.
50 years there and went, and Ford has finally pulled the sheets off the 2015 Mustang. If you think about it, it’s been a rather amazing evolution. Spanning six generations, for the first time the Mustang can be considered a “global” sportscar. But how did we get to this point?
It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about presents and stuffing and holiday cheer (yet) — it’s automotive award season! Now, not every automotive publication and outlet chooses the end of the year to announce their respective “Car of the Year” awards, but quite a few have been declared by this point in the year. Here is a roundup of the cars that have been awarded so far, maybe shedding light on which vehicles might win North American Car and Truck of the Year.
This past weekend was a strange one for transportation in general. In addition to news of a commuter train derailment in New York City that killed four, we also learned of a massive 65-car pileup on I-290 West in Worcester, Massachusetts early Sunday morning. The accident was caused by black ice, and sent 35 people to the hospital– two for serious injuries.
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