I was around when the DeLorean Motor Company was launched, and I thought John DeLorean was a futuristic thinker coming from some unconventional direction. In fact, he may have been a futuristic thinker, but he was very much embedded in the mainstream automotive industry for many years. Continue reading »
During the 1960s Chrysler was very adamant about their commitment to large cars. The other automakers were introducing more and more smaller vehicles, but Chrysler made a stand. It was something that they used for marketing purposes, insisting that they would never sell a “junior” anything. Continue reading »
The British Motor Corporation coalesced as a result of a merger between Austin Motor Company and Morris Motors. Founded in 1952, its name was changed to British Motor Holdings Limited in 1966. At that time the company acquired Jaguar Cars Limited. Continue reading »
When you look into the history of American automotive design, the name Harley Earl consistently pops up. Earl worked in his father’s automotive shop in Hollywood, California as a young man fresh out of Stanford. Through a series of incredible synchronous events he wound up working for General Motors during the early days. He was involved in the creation of many different important and historic vehicles, including the Chevrolet Corvette. Continue reading »
When I was growing up on the hard streets of New Jersey during the 1970s, a lot of people liked to drive the “big boats” that were being produced by the Big Three American automakers. Of course there was the Cadillac, with the Fleetwood being the biggest of Caddy boats. The Lincoln Continental was also up there at the top of the food chain. Continue reading »
When is a truck not a truck? When is a car not a car? These are not Zen koans. They are good questions that come to mind when you think about the Chevy El Camino.
During the 1960s more and more compact cars started to enter the marketplace in the United States. There was a demand for smaller, more economical vehicles. Each of the major automakers had their own offerings within this niche. Ford entered the fray for the 1960 model year with the introduction of the Falcon. Continue reading »
As the 1960s began, a lot of compact cars started to swarm the American highways and byways. There were American compacts like the AMC Rambler and the Ford Falcon, and, of course, there was the Volkswagen Beetle, a popular import.
When you think about an automobile manufacturer like Dodge, you may picture certain cars that were produced by the company over the years. The name itself sounds like something generic that was contrived by marketing minds.
When I was in high school during the 1970s, I couldn’t wait until I turned 17 so I could get my driver’s license. Of course, I dreamed about the car that I would buy when I was old enough to hit the road.