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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.

Leonardo Dicaprio Movie Cars

Leonardo Dicaprio Movie Cars

'65 Ford Mustang

Leonardo Dicaprio is one of the most talented modern-day actors. Since he plays major roles in many period-piece films, he often finds himself being able to enjoy driving classic vehicles. Interestingly, the very first car he ever owned was a Ford Mustang from the 1960s. Moving many years into the future, he now is personally involved in environmental issues and he personally drives cars that are environmentally friendly. Despite the fact that he is such an environmentally friendly actor, many of the vintage cars he was fortunate enough to drive were anything but environmentally friend. These are a few of the more notable cars:

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

1965 Buick Skylark

1965 Buick Skylark

'65 Buick SkylarkThe 1965 Buick Skylark was just one of the many models of the Skylark badge to be produced by Buick from 1953 to 1998. The long run of this successful model can be attributed to the fact that it changed with the times. Over the years, the Skylark went from convertible to compact to mid-sized back to compact, and finally grew again in size. As tastes and technology changed, so did the Skylark.

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:

Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style

Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style

1970 Chevrolet Monte CarloWhen the 1980s rolled around and the oil problems and energy crisis began to dissipate, the Big Three automakers, GM, Ford, and Chrysler, began turning away from fuel efficient gas sippers and slowly began to reintroduce cars with a little power under the hood.

1986 Chevrolet Monte CarloCars started to get exciting again, especially as the Big Three released a few cars that paid homage to the muscle cars from the pre-energy crisis years. Automakers started using V6 and V8 engines because fuel was available. As the decade moved on, Detroit car makers even started to add turbo into the mix, too.

Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses

Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses

'62 Buick ElectraWhere do cars get their names? This question stumps many car buyers. Many car buyers do not understand the reasoning for the collection of seemingly random letters and numbers. While many car buyers are able to connect many of the names to timely events, like the space race, the cars that received those names rarely looked like their namesakes. For example, the Chevy Corvette was named for a warship, but the car is sporty and compact, nothing like a warship. Many cars were named after mythological gods and goddesses, but it seems as if some car manufacturers did not consider the stories of those gods when they chose the names.

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

1965 Buick Riviera

1965 Buick Riviera

1965 Buick RivieraBuick designed its now classic Riviera to be a forward-looking, futuristic type of car that could compete with other luxury nameplates being made in the U.S. First created by GM’s chief stylist Bill Mitchell, the Riviera made its first appearance in 1963 and finally ended its run by 1999. The 1965 Buick Riviera is considered by many to be one of the best models with the finest styling features.