Entertainment and the Dodge Corone
The Dodge Coronet is car model that started as a high-end car in the early 1950s, but dropped to the low-end car in the late 1950s. Eventually the car became a hot rod and then turned into a mid-size sedan and station wagon in the 1970s. It is true that the car is not as memorable as the Chevy Belair, Ford Mustang, or Mercedes Gullwing, but it did appear in many popular television shows.
Entry Levels: Bigger than We Remember
In the race to sell the most cars by designing cars with performance, style, and convenience, most automakers focus their work on their mid-level and high-end cars. Some of the best known cars are specialty cars, like the Ford Mustang, expensive sports cars like the Chevy Corvette. High-end vehicles like the Cadillac Coupe De Ville are other models that car makers used to bring buyers into their dealerships. Even though the specialty cars and their top-of-the-line models to draw buyers, many of those buyers ended up choosing less expensive models, like the entry level cars. Many of the entry level from the mid-century are very different than the entry level models of today. These are a few:
Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style
When 1980s rolled around and the oil problems and energy crisis began to dissipate, the Big Three automakers, GM, Ford, and Chrysler, began turning away from fuel efficient gas sippers and slowly began to reintroduce cars with a little power under the hood.
Cars started to get exciting again, especially as the Big Three released a few cars that paid homage to the muscle cars from the pre-energy crisis years. Automakers started using V6 and V8 engines because fuel was available. As the decade moved on, Detroit car makers even started to add turbo into the mix, too.
Check Out the Classics at Jay Leno’s Garage
The late night favorite, Jay Leno, has one of the most famous classic car collections in the world. He has long been known for appreciating fine automobiles and he is always on the hunt for a unique car or motorcycle to add to his collection. His appreciation for cars extends to writing about them in Popular Mechanics and The Sunday Times. Because his collection covers so many decades, he even invited the team that designed the L.A. Noire video game in to use his cars as models.
Bring Back the El Camino, Please
Once Volkswagen brought back the “New” Beetle several years ago (1997 to be exact), other retro treasures have slowly made their way back to the car lots. Where would we be today without the return of the Camaro in 2010? What about the iconic Mini Cooper? Even Dodge brought back the Dart (despite the fact that the car looks nothing like the original). It only seems fitting that one of the most iconic styles from the past, the Chevy El Camino, is due to make reappearance. There are several reasons why Chevy should bring back the sexy car-truck sooner rather than later:
Add a Celebrity Car to Your Collection
Every year, classic cars owned by celebrities come up for auction. For the right dollar amount, anyone can own a car driven by a favorite celebrity.
One of the coolest cars that recently hit the auction block was the 1951 Chevy Styleline that was owned by Steve McQueen. The car was sold in Fort Lauderdale in March 2013 for $88,000. The winner of the Chevy Styleline was also able to say that Rick Harrison owned the car from Pawn Stars fame – making the pretty yellow convertible a double-celebrity deal.
Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses
Where do cars get their names? This question stumps many car buyers. Many car buyers do not understand the reasoning for the collection of seemingly random letters and numbers. While many car buyers are able to connect many of the names to timely events, like the space race, the cars that received those names rarely looked like their namesakes. For example, the Chevy Corvette was named for a warship, but the car is sporty and compact, nothing like a warship. Many cars were named after mythological gods and goddesses, but it seems as if some car manufacturers did not consider the stories of those gods when they chose the names.
Aren’t You Glad It Wasn’t Called “Zipp”?
In 1960, the first Dodge Dart was released to the public. It was not the speedy little compact car that we see today. In fact, the first Dodge Dart almost was not called Dart; the bigwigs at Dodge undertook consumer survey and the name “Zipp” was well received. Somehow, the Dart project managers won the battle and Dart became a top seller for several years.
The Toughest Cars in the Movies
For many people, music defines their history. For others, it’s all about the cars. Fortunately, the two go hand-in-hand as the toughest cars usually involve the toughest music, too. Here is a list of the toughest cars in the movies:
Thelma & Louise – 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible: The spunky duo make their trek across the country in the powder blue Ford Thunderbird together. They pick up Brad Pitt and run away from the law all in the car. It IS the setting for the perfect girl power movie, until the finale when the duo drive the car over the edge of Dead Horse Point which stands in for the Grand Canyon. Even covered in desert dust, the Ford Thunderbird is just as beautiful and rugged as the two costars, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.
Pontiac Tempest: Tempest to GTO
When the Pontiac division of General Motors closed a few years ago, car buffs could not believe the brand that changed the face of automotive history would no longer be in existence. The automaker had been in dire straits before, but pulled out of it to become one of the most popular car makers in the world. Many were frustrated that Pontiac was not given the chance to do it again.