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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.

Choice Pre-War Cruisers

Choice Pre-War Cruisers

Lincole ZephyrThere is something magical about the cars that were sold between World War I and World War II. The “pre-war” look was heavy, but aerodynamic, masculine, but rather sexy, too. This art-deco look also known as the “coffin cars” will never be replicated and the rock-solid construction was and still is, second-to-none. There were some pre-war styles that did reappear during the post-war era, but as soon as the automakers got their production capabilities back to normal, their cars began to take on a different look. These are a few of the choice pre-war cars that define the era:

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

Buick Century Cruiser - Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

Buick Century Cruiser – Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

General Motors was on a roll in the 1960s, with muscle cars and cars inspired by the space race. The biggest automaker in the world ended the decade with concept cars that took imagination and innovation to an entirely new level. These cars looked more like space ships than speed demons and they were created with idea of where technology could take us when we were on the roads.

The Deuce and a Quarter: Slang for the Car Enthusiasts

The Deuce and a Quarter: Slang for the Car Enthusiasts

1962 Buick ElectraCars have earned their place in the hearts of their drivers. In the United States, it seems that as soon as something becomes special to us, we give it pet names. Those pet names then turn into slang terms, which evolve as they spread around the country. Cars have had their fair share of memorable slang terms.

Personal Luxury Cars 101

Personal Luxury Cars 101

'64 Buick RivieraCaught between a luxury car and a sport sedan, the personal luxury car was a favorite in the post-war era. The personal luxury car is typically a two-door sedan loaded with gadgets and goodies. It’s less expensive than the luxury cars typically made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, and Bentley. Most of the personal luxury cars were made by American car manufacturers, although the luxurious Lincolns and Cadillacs were considered luxury cars.

Cars You Should Know, But Probably Don’t

Cars You Should Know, But Probably Don’t

Photo Courtesy of Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki

Photo Courtesy of Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki

In the world of cars, there are hard-to-find, rare, and super-secret-rare. The hard-to-find and rare cars can actually be found, but there are not many of them available. An example of a hard-to-find car is a mint, stock Honda CRX-Si – they’re out there, but you really have to look. A rare car is the 1961 Ferrari 250GT Spyder – these exist but there are only a handful and they are extremely expensive. A super-secret-rare car is one that only a few people know about, because there might be one and it usually lives in a personal collection in some unusual place. These are some of those super-secret-rare cars that you should know about, but probably do not know:

A Major Shout-Out to Bowling Green, Kentucky

A Major Shout-Out to Bowling Green, Kentucky

1967 Chevrolet CorvetteIf 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.

The Forgotten: Manufactured Cars We Don’t Remember

The Forgotten: Manufactured Cars We Don’t Remember

1974 Buick ApolloSome cars have become a regular part of our vernacular. It is easy to imagine a Mustang, Corvette, PT-Cruiser, Prius, and a Bel Air. For as many cars that have remained memorable icons of car culture, there are several more that have been long forgotten. Most of the forgotten became that way because they were poor sellers or they look too much like a more popular version. Maybe these will trigger a long-lost memory in your mind, or you may have never even heard of these models:

The Legacy of the Woodies

The Legacy of the Woodies

'51 Buick RoadmasterThe last of the real Woodies were made by Buick in 1953. The Buick Roadmaster Woody was built to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary. They paid homage to the classic beach cruiser, but added a powerful V8 engine. Their creativity and flawless design made the 1953 Buick Roadmaster a hot collectible. But, the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Woody is not the only beautiful Woody on the market today.

Using Wood to Replace Much-Needed Steel

Highway Patrol: Let the Car be the Star

Highway Patrol: Let the Car be the Star

1955 Buick CenturyWhen most television shows were filming in backlots and studios, Highway Patrol set a new standard by filming in actual rural roads in California. The popular show starring Broderick Crawford aired between 1955 and 1959. Filmed in black and white, the classic cop show pioneered the cop show genre and became a favorite in over 70 different countries.

wildaboutcarsonlineThe main character, Dan Mathews, was a part of the California Highway Patrol. He could always be found either reclining on or driving in his two-door 1955 Buick Century. The car which was modeled to look exactly like the real CHP cars. Interestingly, the CHP wanted to have a show that resembled Dragnet, which featured the local Los Angeles Police Department.