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Why No French Cars in The US?

Why No French Cars in The US?

AMC EncoreThe United States welcomes foreign cars. On a daily drive, it is common to see cars made in Japan, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, and a few other companies. In the mid-20th century, it was common to see cars made in France, but those carmakers have not sold their wares in the US for several years. The French are known for their sophisticated taste and style, but in the mid-20th century, the cars that were delivered to the US were anything but stylish and sophisticated. These are a few of the stinkers that were once sold in the US, but were not popular choices:

AMC Alliance: The Car with an Appropriate Name

AMC Alliance: The Car with an Appropriate Name

Photo Courtesy of Curbside Classics

Photo Courtesy of Curbside Classics

In the 1980s, cars were going through an identity crisis. It may not have been evident during the time; but looking back, it is obvious that car makers were unsure of what consumers really wanted. Many of the cars were ugly to look at and were disappointing to drive. Chevy seemed to have many of the clunkers of the day, from the Chevy Cavalier, Chevette, and Citation, but other car makers had their own fair share.

Subcompact Car with Impressive Features

Cars with the Wrong Names

Cars with the Wrong Names

1974 AMC HornetCarmakers have had some serious winners when it comes to names. Take the Ford Mustang, Chevy Corvette, and the Mazda Miata. Before a car is named, the manufacturers work with their marketing departments to create a name that embodies the look and feel of the car. The names are created to appeal to a particular audience, so when the marketing departments get it right, they really do get it right. But, when they get the name wrong, it can become a joke in the industry. These are a few of the comical names that do not fit the car’s style and driveability:

The Homer: I See You in There

The Homer: I See You in There

 The 1959 Cadillac

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Fans of The Simpsons will know The Homer, the car that Homer Simpson designed along with his brother, who happened to be the owner of Powell Motors. This episode (from Season 2) was written as a spoof on the Edsel, which we all know ended sadly. In this episode, Homer designs “The Homer” which brings his brother’s car company to ruin.

Long Live the Last Dealership

Long Live the Last Dealership

'66 International ScountIf you have ever wondered what happened to dealerships after automotive brands shuttered, you no longer have to wonder. In many cases, the dealerships either close or adopt a new brand. When Oldsmobile stopped production in 2004, dealerships took on Buicks or GMC instead. You will be hard pressed to find any Oldsmobile dealerships anywhere in the United States and the same goes for Pontiac dealerships, too. Those dealerships expired in October 2010. While General Motors seems to have a stronghold on the status of its shuttered brands, other manufacturers were not so tight fisted.

Unique Listing on Ebay

Unique Listing on Ebay

1967 AMC Rambler

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In March of 2013, a truly unique AMC Rebel Spirit was listed on an eBay auction. The AMC Rebel Spirit from 1967 was originally won in a raffle by a woman living in Los Alamitos, California. What made this 2013 eBay auction so remarkable was that this 1967 AMC Rebel Spirit Rambler was never purchased, because it was a raffle win and the original owners never parted with it. The car, a beautiful red with a white hardtop, was driven a little over 24,000 over the course of its 45+ years of existence. The family never moved from their home in Los Alamitos, so the car had one home and one owner.

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

74 Lamborghini Countach

1974 Lamborghini Countach – Photo Courtesy of http://www.autozine.org

When thinking of the cars from the 1970s, it is easy to think of the hits and misses. While the 1970s brought us unforgettables (that we would love to forget) like the AMC Pacer and Gremlin, the Ford Mustang II and the Pinto, as well as the Chevy Vega and Chevette, there have been true unforgettables (for all the right reasons). The majority of the unforgettables came to us from Europe in the form of exotic sports cars. Many of the best cars from the 1970s look more like artwork, especially compared to the pieces that were coming out of American factories. These are a few of the best:

Car Classes from the 1960s

Car Classes from the 1960s

'69 Plymouth Road RunnerToday’s automotive lingo includes car classes like exotic, luxury, compact, and sporty – to name a few. Even though most people can name at least one car that would fit into each of these modern category, these categories have not always been. The 1960s was the first decade to see a wide variety of different cars and the categories from the 1960 were quite different than the ones used today. In the 1960s, drivers could pick from pony cars, muscle cars, economy cars, and executive cars.

The Muscle Car and Pony Car

AMC Concord: The Subaru before Subaru was Cool

 

AMC Concord: The Subaru before Subaru was Cool

Photo Courtesy of http://oldcarbrochures.org

Photo Courtesy of http://oldcarbrochures.org

While Subaru now owns the market on cars for the outdoorsy crowd, AMC was the car maker that created this market. The Subaru Outback, Forester, and other models are favorites with drivers in places like Colorado. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the all-wheel drive AMC Concord with faux wood paneling was the car for those who drove in the mountains. Sometimes, the companies that are too far ahead of their time cannot convince buyers to jump on the bandwagon.

AMC Losing Ground

The Unusual Cars from the AMC Brand

The Unusual Cars from the AMC Brand

'77 AMC PacerAMC (American Motor Cars) was known for its unusual styling. The brand had a limited budget, which meant that their design staff had to cut serious corners. This meant that many of the cars were hodge-podge mixtures of previously designed cars. While they were not Frankensteinian by any means, there were some unusual looking cars. These are a few of the most unusual: