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Chevy Bel Air Crash Test

Chevy Bel Air Crash Test

Chevy Bel Air

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What do you get when you crash a 1959 Chevy Bel Air into a 2009 Chevy Malibu? You get an important history lesson.

In a publicity stunt in 2009, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) decided to show how far car safety has come in 50 years. They put a 2009 Malibu and a 1959 Chevy Bel Air in a head to head 40-MPH offset crash. After watching the 100-second video, viewers can easily see the progress that carmakers have made in the half of a century since the 1959 Bel Air hit the roads.

The Landau Roof

The Landau Roof

 Plymouth BarracudaIn the 1970s and the 1980s, the landau top was a popular, yet confusing design style. But, the original use of the word landau is quite different. It was originally a reference to a carriage and the term is still used in the United Kingdom when referencing the royal carriages. In the 1950s, the Nash Rambler actually came with a removeable landau top that slid back from the windshield and stowed away in the trunk. If you drove past the Rambler with the landau removed, you might not even notice because of the unusual look. Later, the landau was a style design that took the place of the C-pillars in the rear of the car. In the 1970s and 1980s, the landau top became synonymous with a fake convertible. These were some of the cars that wore the landau top with some sort of pride:

Unfortunately Named Cars

Unfortunately Named Cars

As a car fan, I enjoy learning about the significance of the names that cars are given. Many names have interesting etymologies. From the Corvette being named after swiftly moving Navy ships to the Shelby Cobra being named after a dangerous snake, many car makers get the names just right. Then there are cars like the Plymouth Duster, Ford Probe, and the Chevy Nova. These cars have names that are easy to spell, easy to say, but they have no sense of coolness at all.

'70 Plymouth Duster

Transformers and the Iconic Cars

Transformers and the Iconic Cars

'91 Lamborghini DiabloYou might think that the Transformers vehicles are limited to the hot yellow Chevy Camaro, the big semi truck cab, the Hummer, and the Pontiac Solstice. Those who are new to the world of Transformers are often surprised to find out that there are several different versions of the characters that change from recognizable vehicles to powerful robots. These are a few of the most iconic vehicles in the Transformer universe:

Chevy Vega and the Vert-A-Pac Rail System

Chevy Vega and the Vert-A-Pac Rail System

1972 Chevy VegaRegardless of what you might think about the Chevy Vega, the engineering that went into moving the cars across the country was nothing less than brilliant.

Brief History of Horizontal Car Shipping

Before the Vega was created, cars were shipped in boxcars. The first boxcars could hold four cars, as large as full-size sedans. The 50-foot boxcars had two cars on the bottom and two cars on a steel rack. This might seem like an efficient way to move cars, because trains are more energy efficient than car-carrier trucks and trains can lug many boxcars all over the country. But, sadly, carrying four cars in a boxcar was extremely inefficient, because the maximum weight load was not reached. Boxcars can carry much more than four sedans.

55 Chevrolet

55 Chevrolet

417007-0-lgFor ’55, Chevrolet restyled its popular economy 150, mid-range 210, and upscale Bel Air models to great commercial success. Along with the introduction of the brand’s long-running small block V8 as an optional engine this year, Chevy was doing very well in the marketplace. The look of the ’55 Chevrolet is classic mid-century. They were low and wide, included a curved, wraparound windshield, a refreshing reduction in chrome fittings, and modest tailfins.

Pontiac T-1000: I Miss the Chevette

Pontiac T-1000: I Miss the Chevette

78 Chevy ChevetteAs a kid in high school during the 1980s, everyone I knew drove a Chevy Chevette or a Pontiac T-1000. This compact hatchback was the perfect car for nearly every driver, but it became the go-to car for high school kids who needed something cheap and reliable.

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

Buick Century Cruiser - Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

Buick Century Cruiser – Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

General Motors was on a roll in the 1960s, with muscle cars and cars inspired by the space race. The biggest automaker in the world ended the decade with concept cars that took imagination and innovation to an entirely new level. These cars looked more like space ships than speed demons and they were created with idea of where technology could take us when we were on the roads.

Cars and Songs

Cars and Songs

759545-0-lgThere is no doubt that music and automobiles have a place together in history. For many people, there is nothing quite like cruising around town with the radio blasting. The love affair with cars and music inspired songwriters to craft memorable pieces all about their favorite cars, like the Lincoln Zephyr, the Mercedes Benz, and the Chevy Corvette. Here are a few cars that appeared in song lyrics by artists from a variety of different music genres:

Cars that Disappointed

Cars that Disappointed

1981 DeloreanIn the world of automobiles, there are hits and misses. Usually the hits last for many years, like the Chevy Corvette, Chevy Camaro, and the Ford Mustang. When the misses arrive, they may not be immediately evident, but eventually, someone will discover the flaws. These are a few of the most disappointing cars to ever hit the showrooms floors:

1961 Chevy Corvair. This car was a hit at first. Who didn’t want a modern looking car that got great gas mileage and was fun to drive? Unfortunately, the car that was designed to compete with the popular VW Beetle was loaded with design flaws. From the dangerous steering mechanisms to the fumes that would leak from the heating unit, the Corvair was a stinker disguised in an adorable package.