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The First Personal Luxury Car: Ford’s Thunderbird
The ultimate American personal luxury car of the heyday of the Big Three had to be the Cadillac Eldorado, but the very first of the breed was the Ford Thunderbird. The car went into development in 1953 as competition for the new Chevy Corvette as a sporty two-seat convertible, and by 1954 the first prototype was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show, in February; by September of ’54 the T-Bird went into production. The first 1955 Ford Thunderbird models were offered to the public by the end of October that same year.
Personal Luxury Cars 101
Caught between a luxury car and a sport sedan, the personal luxury car was a favorite in the post-war era. The personal luxury car is typically a two-door sedan loaded with gadgets and goodies. It’s less expensive than the luxury cars typically made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, and Bentley. Most of the personal luxury cars were made by American car manufacturers, although the luxurious Lincolns and Cadillacs were considered luxury cars.
The Cars of Dallas
In the 1970s and 1980s, no television show was cooler than Dallas. Millions tuned in each week to watch the dirty dealings of J.R. Ewing and his dysfunctional relationships with his brother, wife, and business associates. The show lasted for 14 seasons as audiences watched the lives of these millionaires and their beautiful homes, clothing, and lifestyles. Not only were audiences given the treat of seeing Southfork in each episode, they were also given the treat of seeing attractive cars parked outside of the iconic home. Here are a few:
Presidential Cars: So Many Cadillacs
The most powerful man in the world needs to have access to an amazing car. It is no surprise that the Cadillac has become the car of choice for men who have become the President of the United States. Here are a few of the iconic Cadillacs that have been used for presidents:
Goodfellas and the Cadillac
Martin Scorsese knows how to make movies. He also knows what cars to add to them. The Gen-X viewers who love his films from the 1980s and 1990s, like Casino, Clockers, The Grifters, Goodfellas, The Color of Money, and Cape Fear, are now buying the cars that were often featured in his films. Interestingly, the prices of the 1970s and 1980s Cadillacs, like the Cadillac Eldorado are increasing in value as Scorsese fans want to emulate the style of their favorite characters like Ace Rothstein, Lester Diamond, and Frankie Carbone.
The Homer: I See You in There
Fans of The Simpsons will know The Homer, the car that Homer Simpson designed along with his brother, who happened to be the owner of Powell Motors. This episode (from Season 2) was written as a spoof on the Edsel, which we all know ended sadly. In this episode, Homer designs “The Homer” which brings his brother’s car company to ruin.
6 Top Cars that Make Men a Little Less Manly
There are a few vehicles that seem to be designed for men, buy men. Pontiac GTO. Dodge Charger. Ford F-Series. Even though these cars scream masculinity, it is still acceptable for women to get behind the wheel and drive these powerhouse vehicles. On the flip side, there are some cars that whisper femininity. Unlike the masculine cars and women drivers, men look plain silly driving these girly cars: Here are 6 Top Cars that Make Men a Little Less Manly:
1959 marked the pinnacle for ‘50s styling in the Cadillac line of vehicles. The 1959 Cadillac models were showy and built upon the tailfin designs of the previous few years. In the mid to late ‘50s, Cadillac truly began to earn its reputation as an icon of American driving. During this time, Cadillac models got styling updates that made them curvy and exciting and included more trim than anyone could have imagined. They were not the cheapest car in the GM lineup, nor were they on the small end either. These 1950s Cadillacs were the epitome of American post-war design and spirit.
The Cadillac division of General Motors first introduced the Coupe De Ville line in 1949 at the Autorama. In the years that followed, the classic car line would become an iconic car of the 1950s and 1960s. The 1959 model year saw power steering and brakes, which came standard, and a redesign to make the model even more distinct from its competitors. It was easy to spot a Coupe De Ville on a crowded street by the unique look of the rear end of the car. Headlights which protruded off of the back fender flares distinguished this model from others.
These days, hardly a conversation passes without the mention of the lackluster economy and dashed hopes of a retirement focused on exotic vacations and expensive hobbies. As Baby Boomers enter retirement, those who are able to afford these luxuries are beginning to be the minority. However, even those with the most luck and the most wealth are opting for lower- cost vehicles.
Warren Buffet, the billionaire investing tycoon, is the proud owner of a vehicle most would be surprised to learn he drives. Retailing for around $45,000, his Cadillac DTS is a car that many Americans can afford, and certainly is no rarity on the road. He purchased the vehicle in hopes of helping General Motors as it struggled to regain relevancy in the recent economic downturn.