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Tag Archives: convertible
The Rebirth of the Convertible
It may not seem like it today, but there was a time when no automaker made a convertible. In the 1970s, the Federal Government decided that convertibles were not safe. In 1976, General Motors announced that Cadillac Eldorado would be the last convertible to roll of the of the assembly line. After decades of making convertibles, the drop top came to a stop.
Most car enthusiasts know that some of the most rare cars in the world were special ordered with very specific requests and that hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent to make them that way. The cars that were factory-made, but still incredibly rare, get casted in the shadows because they are considered not as glamorous and sold for less money. This article wants to commend these rare, factory-built vehicles and bring them out into the spotlight they deserve.
1965 Buick Skylark
The 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.
Rock Out in Your Vintage Convertible
In 1964, the top of the line Chevy Chevelle debuted its high-end nameplate, the Chevy Malibu. This hot car was available in a two-door convertible with all the bells and whistles that a 1960’s convertible could hold. In the 1960s, this was one hot car to cruise down the streets. If you were cruising in a convertible, you had to listen to music on your favorite AM radio station. If you drove a 1967 convertible, you could choose an 8-track tape option. Now, if you get to drive one of these beauties, you have more music options, so when you are cruising down the street in your restored Malibu, you can listen to this ultimate 1960s playlist:
Perry Mason and Classic Cars
Perry Mason is the detective show that started it all. The show debuted in 1957 and lasted until 1966. The television show was based on the collection of over 80 novels that sold over 135 million copies. Perry Mason, the hard working attorney, became the inspiration for detective shows like Bones, Dexter, CSI, and Criminal Minds. It also became an inspirational show for classic car collectors, especially those who work on authentic restorations. Collectors and restorers simply have to watch the DVDs to see what their favorite vintage cars looked like in mid-century years when the show was first released.
The Pontiac Star Chief: Bringing Lucy to California in Style
The Pontiac Star Chief was the luxurious convertible car that appeared in the popular show I Love Lucy during the fourth season, which took place during 1954 and 1955. Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred drive this classic 1950s car all the way from New York City to Hollywood. The comic foursome carried on their typical hijinks while they showed the world what the typical American road trip was like.
1967 Dodge Dart Convertible
Most well-known as a compact car, the Dart actually began as a full-sized car for the Dodge brand in 1960. By 1962, it shrank to mid-sized, and was fully part of the compact niche by 1963. The 1967 Dodge Dart convertible kicked off the fourth generation of this popular model. The Dart went through a lot of changes in its early years and moved through generations one through three pretty quickly. As well as a reduction in size over those years, it slowly evolved from an affordable, safe family car to a genuine muscle car.
The Buick Skylark is a model that changed greatly over the years of its run, which lasted from 1953 to 1998. As times changed and tastes shifted, so too did the Skylark. It began its life as a 1950s convertible, switched to a compact for the second run, moved up to an intermediate for most of the 1960s, went back to being a compact in the ‘70s, and then got a little bigger again in the ‘80s and ’90s. The 1967 Skylark fell midway through the third generation and was an intermediate-sized car.
1964 Buick Wildcat
Beginning its life as a 1953 concept car the Wildcat from Buick was a full-sized sedan, hardtop, and convertible built from 1962 to 1070. The 1964 Buick Wildcat ended up being a huge success and doubled Wildcat sales for Buick compared to the previous year. Although it was little changed, the 1964 Buick Wildcat did include an extra body style, a few engine options, some styling tweaks, and a new four-speed manual transmission.
Since its early days, Ford has long been an automobile company with the ability to somehow withstand difficult tests from difficult economies to wavering public opinion and even two world wars. Just before the United States entered into World War II following the horrific attack on Pearl Harbor, Ford produced a model which had a cool, sleek look. The 1940 Ford Deluxe was a vehicle whose appearance made it seem as though things were not as dire as was reality: the world had plunged into economic turmoil and many countries were in chaos. Below, we examine this classic car; take a look.