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Carmakers Enter the Space Race
In the 1960s, the United States and Russia were caught up in the space race. This meant that everything from high ball glasses and furniture to women’s hats and automobiles were designed with outerspace in mind. Some of the most exciting cars from the 1960s were designed and named to invoke images of satellites, planets, and rocket ships.
One of the most memorable ‘space race’ cars with the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starline. This car evokes not only the ultimate goal to explore the galaxy, but to do it in a stylish car that zips through the stars.
The General Lee: The Most Famous Dodge
In the world of television and movies, there are just a few cars that are known by more than their brand and model name. Some cars actually have real names. The television show Knight Rider had K.I.T.T., Herbie the Love Bug dominated movies screens for several years, and Lightning McQueen has stolen the hearts of children around the world. But, in the world of television and movie cars, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard has the most recognizable name and reputation.
The Forward Look Lineup and the Little Known Designer
In the race to build the biggest tail fins, Chrysler designers created the lineup of cars they dubbed “The Forward Look.” This style lasted from 1955-1961 and was created by Virgil Exner, who studied car design with the master, Harley Earl. These cars have a signature look that sets them apart from their General Motors competitors and continues to make them popular collectibles today.
1938 Dodge Humpback Delivery Truck
The history of Dodge trucks, which lives on today in modern incarnations, dates to nearly 100 years ago. One of the classics of the Dodge brand is the 1938 Dodge Humpback delivery truck, sometimes also called the humpback panel truck. It was designed for use by businesses making deliveries. Today, collectors and Mopar enthusiasts get very excited about the rare 1938 Dodge humpback delivery truck and the other similar models from the 1930s. They are rare and enthusiasts love to get their hands on them for restorations and custom builds.
Winged Warriors of the NASCAR Circuit
Ask any child between the ages of 12 and 3 who “The King” is and he will immediately direct you to the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars” and a blue 1970 Superbird that is designed to look just like the one driven by Richard Petty. The King is a talking car, voice by Petty himself, and it also wears his racing number, 43. The Cars character was incredibly popular with children who fell in love with the movie and the anthropomorphic cars, and it brought back the love for the Winged Warriors that rocked NASCAR for a few short glory-filled years.
The Best Mopar Cars Ever
In the world of racing, Mopar cars – those made by Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge – were some of the fastest, especially due to the 426 Hemi engine. Since the Mopar motors were so powerful and began dominating the NASCAR circuit, the bigwigs decided that something had to be done. They decreed that cars on the NASCAR circuit had to be produced in the thousands, which made the Mopar line of cars available to the public with a slight variation on the racing engine that took NASCAR by storm. These are the results: the best Mopar cars to hit the streets:
Cars that Moved Brands
Some car names are just too good to stay within one brand. While it is impossible to consider the Mustang ever belonging to a carmaker other than Ford or a Corvette not being a Chevy, there are a few car models that have switched to other makers. Most of the name switches did not take place overnight, but many involved the defunct AMC along with cars in the Mopar lineup. Here are some of the notable switches:
1955 Dodge Lancer
The Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation has long been known to produce quality vehicles that excite car lovers around the world. During the 1950s, the story was very much the same, and the company produced several classic cars that their owners proudly display at classic car shows across the United States each year. The Lancer nameplate was a great addition to several different lines during this time period. These included the Coronet, Royal, and Custom Royal lines. The Lancer nameplate, however, only applied to the pillarless 2 and 4-door hardtop versions of each model.
A More Recent Classic
The Dodge Viper is perhaps not one of the oldest or most successful Dodge models, but it is noteworthy indeed when looking at the history of the company. Production began on the Viper in 1991, a time when pop music sensations were taking over American youth, and image was beginning to mean everything to the new car buying generation. The V10 engine under the hood offered a great deal of power and allowed the car to go 0-60 in a blinding 4.6 seconds. With a top speed of 164 miles per hour, this was a car that could certainly get you where you needed to go.
2012 Charger Fever Weekend
In the very beginning the Charger was offered as an option package that could be ordered with the Dart GT; this was back in 1965, and there were a very limited number of these vehicles manufactured so they are rather rare today.
During the next model year the Dodge Charger became a model in its own right and its reputation grew over the next decade-plus as one of the true muscle cars of the classic era of late 1960s and 1970s.