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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:

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.

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.

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.

Serious Collectible: Select 60 Buick Reatta

Serious Collectible: Select 60 Buick Reatta

1990 Buick ReattaOne little known car in the collectible world is the Buick Reatta Select 60. All of the Buick Reatta models were made by hand, making each of the more than 21,000 cars special to General Motors and to their owners. These luxury sports cars were made for just a few short years, between 1988 and 1991. While the majority of the Buick Reatta models are overly collectible, there are a few select ones – called Select 60 – that truly are.

Special Models for a Select Group of Dealers

The Fast American Production Cars

The Fast American Production Cars

Gran Sport GSXMany people think you have spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on European exotics to get a fast ride. If you love good ol’ American cars, there are plenty of options available that will take you from zero to sixty in a nail-biting speed. These are a few of the fastest cars ever to come out of an American assembly line:

Entry Levels: Bigger than We Remember

Entry Levels: Bigger than We Remember

'60 Pontiac CatalinaIn the race to sell the most cars by designing cars with performance, style, and convenience, most automakers focus their work on their mid-level and high-end cars. Some of the best known cars are specialty cars, like the Ford Mustang and expensive sports cars like the Chevy Corvette. High-end vehicles like the Cadillac Coupe De Ville are other models that car makers used to bring buyers into their dealerships. Even though the specialty cars and their top-of-the-line models draw buyers, many of those buyers ended up choosing less expensive models, like the entry level cars. Many of the entry level from the mid-century are very different than the entry level models of today. These are a few:

Black Air: The Grand National Documentary

Black Air: The Grand National Documentary

'87 Buick Grand NationalThe Buick Grand National was a misfit in the world of cars. It came from Buick, which was (and still is) known as the car for the doctor, lawyer, or businessman. What made the Grand National such a surprise to car reviewers and car buyers was the fact that it was fast, really fast. At the time the Grand National was on the new car lots, it was faster the hottest exotics: the Lamborghini Countach as well as the Ferrari Testarossa.

One Excellent Car: The Buick Roadmaster

One Excellent Car: The Buick Roadmaster

1955 Buick RoadmasterSome movies are defined by the cars that are featured on the screen. Where would Back to the Future be without the DeLorean or Smokey and the Bandit without the Trans Am? Even though the car may not be a sexy muscle car or a futuristic sports car, the Buick Roadmaster in Rain Man played a major role in the film.

1955 RoadmasterPower of a Movie Set in a Car