Sometimes the Ugly Car is the Best Car
In early years of the 1970s, several automakers released subcompact cars. Chevy had the Vega, Ford had the Pinto, and AMC had the Gremlin. While the Pinto and the Vega were touted as attractive cars that were a joy to drive when they were first released. The Gremlin did not get any kind of praise and most critics complained about the unfortunate exterior styling.
How Car Buyers Benefit from Concept Cars
In the early months of each year, car enthusiasts flock to Detroit, Los Angeles, and Shanghai to see the latest and greatest from car makers. The fantasy-filled auto shows bring in buyers and dreamers to see what car architects have designed for the year and for the future. The annual auto shows are the only places that the general public is able to see and touch the latest cars by every automaker from Bentley and Buick to Tesla and Toyota.
So Long Superbird: No NASCAR for You
Chrysler decided that 1970 was the year of the NASCAR racers. Plymouth had the Superbird and Dodge had the Daytona. These two cars were designed with the hopes that Chrysler would design a car like the Daytona for Richard Petty, who was driving a Plymouth at the time. Unfortunately, since Chrysler could not meet Petty’s demands, he left to drive for Ford. Chrysler took control of their own NASCAR destiny and then created the Plymouth Superbird.
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What to Name Your Car
It is true that cars come with names. Corvette, Miata, Mustang, ES300, Prius, i3, to name a few. But, when you really get to know your car, there is nothing wrong with giving your car its very own name. You know your car better than anyone else, from its check-engine light that never turns off (even after repairs), to the perfect level to lower the windows when driving on the highway, to its favorite type of gas. If you have been wanting to name your car, but you have not had the right inspiration, here are a few ideas:
A Major Shout-Out to Bowling Green, Kentucky
If you have ever driven on I-65 in Kentucky, you have probably noticed the reason that Bowling Green, Kentucky has become a popular tourist destination. The yellow building with the red spike on top is none other than the National Corvette Museum. As the third largest city in the state of Kentucky, Bowling Green offers many reasons for car lovers to stop for a visit.
Elvis Presley and His Cars
When you think of Elvis Presley, you might imagine him shaking his hips on the Ed Sullivan Show. You might think of the studded white jumpsuits he wore in the 1970s. You might even think of his thick, black hair in the full, yet messy pompadour style that accented his pouting lips perfectly. You also might think about his home, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. What you might not think about is his extensive collection of automobiles.
Dropping the Ford Mustang for the Ford Probe: Say It Isn’t So!
The late 1970s were not good for the auto industry. As gas became more expensive and fuel needed to be rationed, automakers had to make major changes. One car that had serious trouble in the 1970s was the Ford Mustang. Many manufacturers had to turn their hotrods into front wheel drive gas sippers, and Ford turned to the unfortunate Mustang II. But, for fans of the Ford Mustang, the worst was still on its way.
Unfortunate Design Styles from the 1970s
Each decade of cars has its own special design features. It is easy to tell a car from the 1950s because of the wings and chrome. Cars from the 1960s have that unique muscle-car look. But, the cars from the 1970s have less desirable features. These are a few of the least favorite design features from the decade that brought us leisure suits, disco, and the pet rock:
Saving Your Soul with a Lamborghini
In the aftermath of a horrible break-up, Richard Jordan of Texas sold everything he owned and bought a Lamborghini Gallardo. He did not buy the car to get the girl back. He bought it to save his soul. Much like the way the movie character Forrest Gump ran across the country to free his soul from his lost love, Jordan put $75,000 down on a Lamborghini Gallardo to drive it across the country to free his soul.
Cars in The Godfather
There are a few movies that continue have a cult following: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Godfather. Since this is a blog about cars, you can safely figure out that this blog will be about The Godfather. Not the people. Or the plot. Or the fans. But, the cars. The beautiful cars that made their way into this life-changing three-part film. These are a few of the best: