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.
Not Another Piece about a Pinto Explosion
If you know anything about cars, you probably are aware of the fact that the Ford Pinto was one dangerous car. If the Ford Pinto explosions predate your car memories, a simple Internet search will fill you in. Just like the title says, the piece is not about the explosions that caused Ford to stop manufacturing the cars. This piece is actually about how people are still driving the Ford Pinto and why they continue to do so.
The Model T at the Bottom of the Mississippi River
For anyone who loves a good mystery, and classic cars, Winona, Minnesota has one. The town sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and is home to a big question about an old Model T. What’s it doing at the bottom of the river? According to the local news stations, the car was found during a training activity. A local law enforcement team was being trained in the use of a sonar scanner, to be used for finding drowning victims in the river, when they imaged the nearly 100 year old car, upside down and buried in the silt.
Ford Fairmont Meets El Camino as a Durango
You might think of the Ford Fairmont as one of Ford’s snoozers from the 1970s and 1980s, but there is one model that still can create a little excitement: the Ford Durango. No, this is not the precursor to the bold and beautiful Dodge Durango; rather, it is a close cousin to the Chevy El Camino. The Ford Fairmont Durango was a special edition car/truck like the El Camino and the Ford Ranchero.
The Fast American Production Cars
Many 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:
Buy a Car & Help a Charity
As automakers work to attract new customers, many of them reach out and partner with charitable organizations. Some manufacturers will make one special vehicle and auction it off for a charitable organization. Others will make a special limited series of cars with badges and special design features. The car manufacturers then donate a percentage of the sales dollar to the charity. These are a few of the recent notables:
Warriors for Susan G. Komen
Sometimes, the best muscle cars are the ones that are affordable. After all, what fun is a great muscle car if it is out of reach because of an outrageous price tag? Ford spent a great deal of energy working on a model that would both satisfy the desires of a fast-paced world while being easy on the wallet. The result was the 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra 428. Although it looked different than many other muscle cars of its day, this model packed a pretty big punch.
A common misconception among beginner automobile lovers is that Henry Ford, the esteemed founder of the Ford Motor Company “invented” the automobile. In fact, this is not the case, and when delving into the history of the automotive industry, it can be difficult to pinpoint any one person as having invented the automobile. That said, it is fair to say that Ford revolutionized the industry and contributed to a large chunk of the economy which revolved around the auto industry for decades. His innovation with regard to the assembly line as a manner of stream-lining the production process, certainly changed the game. In combination with the assembly line, his use of interchangeable parts made the production process more efficient, not to mention much less stressful to car buyers.
Now that we are looking at the cold winter months in our rear-view mirrors it is time to start looking around for events to attend during the spring and summer.
Luckily we have the Internet to keep us busy as classic Ford fans during the down part of the year, but the thaw is now upon us and there are countless events on tap that would be of interest to people who are into old cars in general and classic Fords in particular.
The Ford Motor Company has been around for a long time, and over the years they have manufactured some of the most important American cars ever built. It all started with the Ford Model T which came out in 1908 and was ultimately voted the most influential vehicle of the 20th century.
But if you fast-forward to 1964 you will see the birth of another Ford that was one of the most influential motor vehicles of the century: the quintessential pony car we know as the Ford Mustang.