Cool Things You Could Find in a Rambler
Since Ramblers were made for so many years and were driven by so many people, if you happen to come across an AMC Rambler Classic or plain-ol’ Rambler, you might be surprised what still lingers in these classic cars. Since the AMC Rambler Classic was designed with every American and their families in mind, there are special memories of the past inside of many of the remaining classics.
Mitt Romney and the Kinda Awful Car
In 2002, Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts. During the political campaign, Mitt and Ann Romney appeared in an advertisement about how they fell in love. The television advertisement was designed to show the Romneys were just like the regular citizens of Massachusetts. In the ad, Ann Romney talks about how Mitt showed up at her house in a “goofy-looking car.” Romney, himself, calls the car “kinda awful.”
What the Kinda Awful Car Actually Was
The First Car I Ever Drove
I learned how to drive in a 1985 Pontiac Fiero. In the 1980s, my father worked for a vender to General Motors. He spent many days working in vehicle plants. One day, he came home and could not stop talking about this little two-seater that men were driving around in the plant. The car was just a shell, with roll bars and an engine, but no body panels. It turned out to be a Pontiac Fiero.
Don’t Embarrass Me: Worst “Car of the Year” Awards
Each year, automakers wait with baited breath for the release of the car of the year awards. These come from major automotive magazines like Car and Driver and Motor Trend.
These car magazines originally chose cars that were affordable and stood apart from the crowd. It took a few years of choosing flops to force the car makers to set standards for their award winning cars, so now they look at technology, innovation, reliability, and performance. These are a few of the regretful “Car of the Year” award winners:
Road Runner in Music Videos
Who doesn’t love listening to their favorite music while cruising in their favorite car? Since music and cars have gone together for many decades, it is only appropriate that musicians include their favorite cars in their music videos. The iconic Plymouth Road Runner is one car that has appeared in music videos from several of the most popular musicians from a wide variety of genres.
The Most Interesting Plymouths
In 1928, Chrysler created the Plymouth lineup as their own low priced collection. Sadly for fans of the brand, Plymouth ceased producing cars in 2001. Over the years, there were several interesting Plymouth models that have become icons today.
1960 Plymouth Fury Sunstar: This cool convertible was one of the last winged beauties. It was a truly unique looking car with many unexpected features, like the rotating driver’s seat that allowed easy in and out of the car. With the hooded headlights, pointed tail lights, two-toned paint, and excessive chrome, this car defined the idea of “more is more.”
Pontiac Fiero vs. The World
Chevy had the Corvette and Pontiac had the Fiero. If you remember the 1980s, then you probably remember these two very different cars. Now, you know that only one of these sport two-seaters still remains available for sale on car lots today. The Pontiac Fiero was a ground-breaking car, but it failed to have the impact that the Corvette had and General Motors just could not get the Fiero to deliver.
The Next Corvette? Not Quite
The MGB: Classics Never Grow Old
The 1960s brought the British to the shores of the United States. The decade delivered The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Bond movies, and the Mod style. Along with the 1960s pop culture icons, the British also delivered the MG MGB to the States. This little car changed the way that American viewed the sports car experience.
Right Place and Right Time
Ford Fairlane: More Than Just a Car
The Ford Fairlane is an iconic car that was produced for 15 years between 1955 and 1970. This car is one of the best known Ford models in the history of the brand. It went through several extreme makeovers in its 15 years of production, from the beautiful Fairlane Victoria model with elegant lines in 1956 to the Talladega version that raced around the track as a muscle car in the late 1960s. The Ford Fairlane, in all of its generational changes, remains a highly collectible car today. As throwback versions of classic cars became popular in the early 21st century, Ford Motor Company almost brought back the Fairlane name with what we now know as the Ford Flex.
The 1966 Dodge Charger
The “Leader of the Dodge Rebellion” was introduced at the 1966 Rose Bowl, and although the Dodge brothers didn’t know it at the time, the 1966 Charger would impact muscle car history forever.
The Charger was built off of the Dodge Coronet chassis, but utilized its own body. This introduction was Dodge’s first fastback, high-speed street racer. The 1966 Charger was the first U.S. production vehicle to boast a spoiler, which was implemented to solve the lift that its body created. David Pearson drove a #6 Cotton Owens-prepared Charger, and won the NASCAR Grand National championship in 1966 (in addition to 14 other first-place finishes).