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The Forward Look Lineup and the Little Known Designer

The Forward Look Lineup and the Little Known Designer

'54 Plymouth BelvedereIn the race to build the biggest tail fins, Chrysler designers created the lineup of cars they dubbed “The Forward Look.” This style lasted from 1955-1961 and was created by Virgil Exner, who studied car design with the master, Harley Earl. These cars have a signature look that sets them apart from their General Motors competitors and continues to make them popular collectibles today.

Winged Warriors of the NASCAR Circuit

Winged Warriors of the NASCAR Circuit

'70 Plymouth SuperbirdAsk any child between the ages of 12 and 3 who “The King” is and he will immediately direct you to the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars” and a blue 1970 Superbird that is designed to look just like the one driven by Richard Petty. The King is a talking car, voice by Petty himself, and it also wears his racing number, 43. The Cars character was incredibly popular with children who fell in love with the movie and the anthropomorphic cars, and it brought back the love for the Winged Warriors that rocked NASCAR for a few short glory-filled years.

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.

Vintage Trucks

Vintage Trucks

1955 ChevyCollecting classic cars is not always the cheapest hobby, or one without its particular frustrations, but there is something rewarding about finding old treasures and restoring them to a former state of glory. For lovers and collectors of classic vehicles, there is no better feeling than a great find that ends in a successfully completed project. Today, collecting vintage trucks is more popular than ever. Move aside muscle cars and hot rod coupes, the trucks are getting their day in the sun.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports ReunionThe annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is like a classic car museum come to life. This racing event, which takes place every mid-August for one weekend, is a chance for historic cars to take to the track and participate in a race. The first such event was created by Steve Earle in 1974. It was called the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. He started the race just for his friends to have a little fun, but the idea took off in popularity and is still held now for many different participants.

Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Chrysler MuseumThe Walter P. Chrysler Museum was a collection of antique, concept, and custom Chrysler vehicles as well as historical exhibits detailing the story of Chrysler and its contributions to the world of automotive technology, design, and innovation. The 55,000-square foot museum included three floors of displays and was located next to Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is no longer open to the public.

Chrysler MuseumThe first floor of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum included a history of the first 50 years of the automotive industry from the perspective of Chrysler and its vehicles. This part of the museum’s collection included rare and early cars dating back to the very early 1900s. Nameplates on display here were Rambler, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, DeSoto, and Willys-Overland.

What is a Hemi Engine

What is a Hemi Engine

1968 HemiIf you’ve ever wondered, “What is a hemi engine?” you are not alone. Car lovers speak of the hemi as if it were the best thing you could have under your hood. The term Hemi comes from the word hemisphere and is used to describe an internal combustion engine in which the cylinders in the combustion chamber are topped with a hemispherical roof.

Mopar

Mopar

1956 ChryslerMopar, which is short for motor parts (MOtor PARts), is a part of car manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC. The arm is responsible for service and parts for Chrysler vehicles. The name Mopar was first used at Chrysler in 1920, but it was not used as an official brand name until 1937. Antifreeze was the first Mopar-labeled product released. In Canada, the brand was called Chryco and AutoPar until the 1970s when just one name was used in across North America.

1931 Chrysler Imperial CG

Smooth curvatures, graceful lines, and majestic colors define many of history’s most popular classic cars, and will likely contribute to the designs that will roll off the line for many years to come. During the Roaring 20s, Americans were enjoying the bliss and jubilation that followed the end to a traumatic war, World War I. For a time, it seemed as though extravagance was the new normal, and “new money” families were grappling to have the latest technology, the greatest cars, and more. The Chrysler Imperial was first introduced in 1926, and it certainly fit the bill as a great-looking car for stylish families across the country. By 1931, the market had crashed, and millions were struggling to make ends meet as Chrysler produced the 1931 Chysler Imperial CG.

1952 Hudson Wasp

Some short-lived car models are the result of poor consumer demand, some are morphed into other styles, and still others suffer the demise of the very company that created them. During the early 1950s, Hudson Motor Company was beginning to struggle to compete with bigger auto companies like Ford and Chrysler. When the Hudson Wasp debuted in 1952, it was largely based on the Hudson Pacemaker. It came as a two or four-door sedan, convertible, or two-door hard top.