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The Alfa Romeo with Character: The 2000
In 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
Miata vs. Solstice
In 1989, Mazda released a car that changed automobile design for the next 30 years. The release of the Mazda Miata was a moment of absolute joy for drivers who desired a two-seater convertible that didn’t spend the majority of its time in the auto shop. Prior to the release of the Miata, the only options were European roadsters like the MGB, Triumph, and Alfa Romeo. These classic convertibles offered absolutely no competition to the Miata because they all had serious problems with reliability. For 17 years, the Mazda Miata dominated the two-door convertible roadster market, until Pontiac made its mark with the Solstice in 2006.
Learn about the Alfa Romeo Badge
Even though car fans know the Alfa Romeo brand, the brand has been non-existent in the US for many years. Now that the Fiat Group owns the brand, it will not be long before Alfa Romeo models become recognizable to a new generation. As of this point, just over 80 dealers in the United States will soon be selling the classic Italian lineup. While buyers will not be seeing cars like the Alfa Romeo 164, they will be seeing plenty of Alfa’s with the unusual logo.
How Alfa Romeo Altered the American Driving Experience
In June of 1947, Road and Track released its first issue to the American public. This issue featured an Alfa Romeo, which was one of the first glimpses that car fans got of the cars that were available overseas. The only other way to see the Italian everyday cars was to travel overseas and see them on the actual road. This was not realistic for the general public, so magazines like this, as well as Car and Driver and Motor Trend, were the only way that drivers in US could see the European offerings.
Ready for a Comeback
In the early part of the 20th century, Alfa Romeo was one of the most respected car makers on the planet. The company and their cars were admired by the biggest and best, including Henry Ford and Enzo Ferrari, for their humble design and not-so-humble engines. The styling even pulled on Americans’ hearts when Benjamin Braddock was given an Alfa Romeo as a graduation present in the classic movie The Graduate. While it took decades for an Alfa Romeo to make its way to the American shores, the cars never were really accepted by the American drivers and after fewer than 30 years, Alfa Romeo retreated back to Italy. Now, the carmaker is set to make a second attempt to win the hearts of the American driving public, but many wonder why the Italian carmaker left in the first place.
Fast, Furious, and Overlooked
When you are in the mood to feast your eyes on the most amazing cars, The Fast and Furious films will fill your need. The modified cars with specially tuned engines seem to float down the road. Whether you love the newest exotics or the classic muscle cars, you will see some of the most unbelievable cars ever to hit the roads. Unfortunately, several of the cars are replicas either because the cars were destroyed in the film or the an original was not available. While many of the cars have become superstars of their own, there are some other ones that have often been overlooked. Here are a few of them:
Dream Cars for a Ride Through Northern Michigan
One of the most beautiful places in North America is in the Leelanau Peninsula of Northern Michigan. This area of the world includes the legendary Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sutton’s Bay. This iconic area of the world can be accessed on M-22 which begins near Manistee and ends at Traverse City. This road takes drivers back to nature, especially as the leaves change in the fall, and the simple things in life. While it is a wonderful drive in any car, make, and model, there are a few cars that would be perfect to cruise up and down this magical highway.
Only in the 1980s and 1990s
It is easy to tell what decade a car came from based on the shape of the car. For example, fins on the back of a car screams 1950s and the torpedo look screams post-war 1940s. In the late 1980s and 1990s, there was a distinct look that drivers either loved or hated. The shape has distinctive curves and the cars usually came with a spoiler of some sort. These unusual shaped cars often had a distinctive front branding that set them apart from the traditional family car. These are a few that fit this distinctive late-century look:
Car Classes from the 1960s
Today’s automotive lingo includes car classes like exotic, luxury, compact, and sporty – to name a few. Even though most people can name at least one car that would fit into each of these modern category, these categories have not always been. The 1960s was the first decade to see a wide variety of different cars and the categories from the 1960 were quite different than the ones used today. In the 1960s, drivers could pick from pony cars, muscle cars, economy cars, and executive cars.
The Muscle Car and Pony Car
The Cars of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
In the 1980s, there were very few movies that were better than the ones by John Hughes and many people believe that the best one was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. If you haven’t seen it, the gem starred Matthew Broderick as the title character who just wants to enjoy a sunny day away from school. Bueller knows that he needs his friends to really enjoy the day, so he makes arrangements with Cameron Frye, played by Alan Ruck, and Sloane Peterson, played by Mia Sara. The trio ends up together and has the best day ever, while his archnemesis, Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) works hard to prove that Bueller is skipping class. The antics of the kids, the principal, and Bueller’s sister, played by Jennifer Grey, are filled with many memorable automotive moments.