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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.

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.

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.

Cars that Disappointed

Cars that Disappointed

1981 DeloreanIn the world of automobiles, there are hits and misses. Usually the hits last for many years, like the Chevy Corvette, Chevy Camaro, and the Ford Mustang. When the misses arrive, they may not be immediately evident, but eventually, someone will discover the flaws. These are a few of the most disappointing cars to ever hit the showrooms floors:

1961 Chevy Corvair. This car was a hit at first. Who didn’t want a modern looking car that got great gas mileage and was fun to drive? Unfortunately, the car that was designed to compete with the popular VW Beetle was loaded with design flaws. From the dangerous steering mechanisms to the fumes that would leak from the heating unit, the Corvair was a stinker disguised in an adorable package.

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.

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:

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

Photo Courtesy of www.biography.com

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.