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Unfortunately Named Cars

Unfortunately Named Cars

As a car fan, I enjoy learning about the significance of the names that cars are given. Many names have interesting etymologies. From the Corvette being named after swiftly moving Navy ships to the Shelby Cobra being named after a dangerous snake, many car makers get the names just right. Then there are cars like the Plymouth Duster, Ford Probe, and the Chevy Nova. These cars have names that are easy to spell, easy to say, but they have no sense of coolness at all.

'70 Plymouth Duster

The Alfa Romeo with Character: The 2000

The Alfa Romeo with Character: The 2000

GTV 2000In the 1970s, there were very few cars with character. In the United States, the oil embargo made it difficult to fill the tank, so manufacturers began creating ugly little compact gas sippers. Convertibles were phased out and muscle cars were on their last legs. The auto industry was in a dire place and to make matters worse, the speed limit was dropped to 55 miles per hour. But Italy had a lovely little car called the Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce.

Good Roots Make a Fine Car

The Datsun 280Z is the Best of the Z-cars

The Datsun 280Z is the Best of the Z-cars

Datsun 280Z In the late 1960s, Datsun released the 240Z to the public. This moment changed the way that American drivers looked at Japanese imports. Prior to the 240Z, Japanese cars were small, economical, and boring. The 240Z brought sleek design, speed, and excitement. The 260Z was equally as good with a few updates, but the real winner was the Datsun 280Z.

Third Time is a Charm

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:

Masters of Mileage: Car Longevity Standouts

Masters of Mileage: Car Longevity Standouts

Carmakers are in the business of making money by making cars. In order to sell cars, people need to have cars. Cars need to be replaced as the parts of the cars only work for so long. Car longevity has changed over the years. In the mid-century, cars were expected to last for about 100,000 miles. Now, they should last for at least 200,000 miles. Even though most cars will only last for so many miles, there are some people who work hard to be able to drive their cars for an impressive amount of miles.

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

1972 Buick SkylarkFlint, Michigan: The motherland of General Motors. In the 1960s, Flint could brag that it had the highest per capita income of any in the world, but this is no longer the case. There are a few remnants of the day, like the largest brownfield zone in the United States; this zone was once the flourishing Buick city plant. At one point, over 80,000 people worked for General Motors in Flint alone, now there are fewer than 4,000. People leave the city to find a new home every single day. The Great Recession has taken its toll on Flint, but it has not destroyed the Sloan-Longway Museum.

Masterpiece Vintage Cars

Masterpiece Vintage Cars

MasterpieceJust south of Indianapolis, Indiana is a car lover’s dream: the Masterpiece Vintage Cars showroom. Like a candy store for classic car enthusiasts, this showroom is stocked with a variety of refurbished and restored classics, like 1930s Fords, 1950s Chevys, and 1960s American muscle cars. Even if you aren’t sure you’re ready to buy or sell, this showplace is well worth a visit.

The owners and operators of Masterpiece Vintage Cars brought together decades of experience and a passion for older cars to help serve fellow car enthusiasts with buying, selling, consignment, shipping, financing, and even in searching for that elusive dream car.

Car Furniture: Hot or Not?

Car Furniture: Hot or Not?

'68 Ford MustangHaving a garage full of your favorite cars is one thing, but what about a house full of your favorite cars – as furniture? You no longer have to visit a 1950’s themed restaurant to find furniture made from car parts. Clever designers are turning every type of car and parts into useful furniture. Would you invite these cars into your home as furniture?

Ford Mustang Furniture

Ford Mustangs from the 1960s have that unmistakable grill and some people have been able to turn the front end into a bar. By chopping off the front and artfully placing a glass tabletop above it, you, too, could have a Ford Mustang bar in your home, too.

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

'76 Ford PintoAs car collectors get younger, their car awareness does not include newsworthy events that predate the 1980s. This means that the newest car collectors do not know much, if anything, about the events surrounding the Ford Pinto. Since very few people drove the Pinto after the recalls in the 1970s, young car collectors have never seen them on the roads. There are not any celebrities who currently drive Pintos so they are not discussed on celebrity blogs. It’s almost as if the Ford Pinto has been successfully buried by those who do not want to show the flaws of the earlier days in the automotive industry.

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.