Finding, buying, repairing, restoring, and just plain enjoying antique autos is a great hobby. However, learning to classify these older vehicles can be a major chore. Different car groups have differing ideas on what makes a car classic, antique, or vintage, while each state has its own rules for buying, selling, and registering classic and antique cars.
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.
If you are a fan of the classic Oldsmobile models, you are not alone. Many car enthusiasts sing the praises of the Olds from the earliest 1900s models, right up to the unfortunate end of the brand. The Oldsmobile got its name from company founder Ransom E. Olds, who created a brand that lasted for over 100 years. Today, the classic Oldsmobile models are popular with many collectors.
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
The 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado is one of the most radical cars to come out of the brand in its long history of car making. With Chevy, Pontiac, Buick, and Cadillac as sister brands, each with its own distinctive segment of the marketplace, Oldsmobile had long ago settled on being defined for its engineering. With the Toronado, it cemented this reputation and carried it on into the 1960s and ‘70s.
Oldsmobile Club of America National Car Show
Getting together with people who are classic Olds fans just like you is one of the highlights of the year.
Every spring and summer there are vintage car events taking place around the country. Having the opportunity to participate in rallies, car shows and classic car cruises is one of the benefits that goes along with being an avid collectible car enthusiast.
Classic car clubs are behind many of the events that take place, and when it comes to Oldsmobiles the Oldsmobile Club of America is one of the true driving forces. There are chapters all over the country so you can get together with like-minded folks on a regular basis wherever you may reside.
1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
There were countless standout classic Oldsmobile models churned out over the decades that the company was one of the automotive leaders in the United States. Of course Oldsmobile has not been around since 2004 as a company actively manufacturing motor vehicles, but the quality old cars of the past will be with us forever.
One of the vehicles that was a standard bearer for Oldsmobile for many years was the Oldsmobile 88. The Olds 88 was a full-size car that first made its debut just when the automotive industry was starting to find its legs again after World War II in 1949. The car remained in production for some five decades lasting through the 1999 model year and this is certainly quite an accomplishment for any nameplate.
Olds 442: The First Generation
Oldsmobile is a special name in the history of American automobile manufacturing, and it is kind of sad to think that the children of today are growing up without new Oldsmobiles being part of the landscape.
It seems like only yesterday, but the Oldsmobile division of General Motors ceased operation back in 2004 and it is sorely missed by many of us, especially classic Oldsmobile fans.
The good news is that the brand is kept alive by the classics that we all know and love and one of these that holds a very special place in the hearts of classic Oldsmobile fans is the Oldsmobile 442, which was one of the true-school muscle cars.
The Olds F-85
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Every classic Oldsmobile fan is well aware of the Oldsmobile Cutlass, and we will be examining the Cutlass from various angles in different posts as we go forward.
However, today we are going to look at the seed from which the Cutlass as we have come to know it emerged.
Back in the late 1950s General Motors started to develop an interest in producing compact cars. A lot of Americans were becoming concerned with economy, and many families were adding a second car. Therefore, there was a demographic niche for downsized vehicles.
The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
Ransom E. Olds
If you are a big fan of something there are certain pilgrimages that you must make at least once in your life.
Fans of baseball are going to want to visit the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and there is truly nothing like that assemblage of history all under one roof. Similarly, football fans are going to make the trip to Canton, Ohio to take in all of the history that is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.