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Chevy Vega and the Vert-A-Pac Rail System

Chevy Vega and the Vert-A-Pac Rail System

1972 Chevy VegaRegardless of what you might think about the Chevy Vega, the engineering that went into moving the cars across the country was nothing less than brilliant.

Brief History of Horizontal Car Shipping

Before the Vega was created, cars were shipped in boxcars. The first boxcars could hold four cars, as large as full-size sedans. The 50-foot boxcars had two cars on the bottom and two cars on a steel rack. This might seem like an efficient way to move cars, because trains are more energy efficient than car-carrier trucks and trains can lug many boxcars all over the country. But, sadly, carrying four cars in a boxcar was extremely inefficient, because the maximum weight load was not reached. Boxcars can carry much more than four sedans.

Malaise Era: Definition and Examples

Malaise Era: Definition and Examples

'74 Apollo Buick Malaise: This word comes from the combination of French words mal- and aise (which translates to ease). This word generally means a sense of being uneasy or feeling out of sorts. It usually involves the beginning of an illness or feeling less that healthy. The term “malaise” has come to designate the decade of cars produced between 1973 and 1983.

Chevy Special De Luxe: Not a Household Name, but You Know the Car

Chevy Special De Luxe: Not a Household Name, but You Know the Car

1940 Chevrolet Special DeluxeThe Chevy Special De Luxe might not be as recognizable a name as the Chevy Corvette, Bel Air, or Camaro. You might not know the name, but you have seen the car, since it has appeared in many well-known television shows and movies.

1941 Chevrolet Special DeluxeFans of early superhero shows like The Batman and The Adventures of Superman often were treated to images of the Special De Luxe. The cars were often used in chases and main characters were often seen driving in the cars. In both early superhero shows, the convertible versions were used. These shows were on the air in the early to mid 1950s, so the Special De Luxe was still a viable car on the roads at the time.

55 Chevrolet

55 Chevrolet

417007-0-lgFor ’55, Chevrolet restyled its popular economy 150, mid-range 210, and upscale Bel Air models to great commercial success. Along with the introduction of the brand’s long-running small block V8 as an optional engine this year, Chevy was doing very well in the marketplace. The look of the ’55 Chevrolet is classic mid-century. They were low and wide, included a curved, wraparound windshield, a refreshing reduction in chrome fittings, and modest tailfins.

Pontiac T-1000: I Miss the Chevette

Pontiac T-1000: I Miss the Chevette

78 Chevy ChevetteAs a kid in high school during the 1980s, everyone I knew drove a Chevy Chevette or a Pontiac T-1000. This compact hatchback was the perfect car for nearly every driver, but it became the go-to car for high school kids who needed something cheap and reliable.

Cars and Songs

Cars and Songs

759545-0-lgThere is no doubt that music and automobiles have a place together in history. For many people, there is nothing quite like cruising around town with the radio blasting. The love affair with cars and music inspired songwriters to craft memorable pieces all about their favorite cars, like the Lincoln Zephyr, the Mercedes Benz, and the Chevy Corvette. Here are a few cars that appeared in song lyrics by artists from a variety of different music genres:

What’s a Chevy Nova Worth Today? $250,000? $30 Million?

What’s a Chevy Nova Worth Today? $250,000? $30 Million?

1968 Chevrolet NovaWhile it may not seem out of the ordinary to spend over $20,000 for a finely restored Chevy Nova, spending six figure or millions on one does seem a bit excessive. The Chevy Nova is not a hard-to-find rarity, like an early 1953 Chevy Corvette or a 1955 Gullwing Mercedes, so it comes as a surprise to many Nova fans and car aficionados that two cars would be so highly priced.

Animated Characters Selling Automobiles Over the Years

Animated Characters Selling Automobiles Over the Years

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Photo Courtesy of www.biography.com

Car commercials and animated characters have gone hand-in-hand since car commercials hit the small screen. From Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang to modern anime, animated characters are useful tools for selling cars of all makes and models. These are a few of the more memorable cartoon characters and the cars they sold:

'56 Nash RamblerDisney Characters and 1955 Nash Rambler: Back in the mid-century, Disney characters played big roles in big commercials. Jiminy Cricket actually sang a version of his iconic “When You Wish Upon a Star” song for the Nash Rambler. Pegleg Pete, the mean cat, also was featured in a spot for Nash.

Dream Cars for a Ride Through Northern Michigan

Dream Cars for a Ride Through Northern Michigan

Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

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One of the most beautiful places in North America is in the Leelanau Peninsula of Northern Michigan. This area of the world includes the legendary Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sutton’s Bay. This iconic area of the world can be accessed on M-22 which begins near Manistee and ends at Traverse City. This road takes drivers back to nature, especially as the leaves change in the fall, and the simple things in life. While it is a wonderful drive in any car, make, and model, there are a few cars that would be perfect to cruise up and down this magical highway.

Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

'66 427 FairlaneCar guys and gals know all about the Woodward Dream Cruise that occurs each summer during the third weekend of August in Detroit, Michigan. However, the east side of the state is not the only place to show off your hotrod, muscle car, sportscar, or tin lizzie. Every summer for the past nine years, Grand Rapids holds the 28th Street Metro Cruise the weekend following the Dream Cruise on the fourth weekend of August. This classic car show draws huge crowds up and down the 10 miles of this business-lined five-lane road as everyone wants to see classic cars like the Ford Fairlane, Chevy Bel Air, as well as exotics like the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lotus Esprit.