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1955 Chevy Bel Air

1955 Chevy Bel Air, 150 & 250

1955 Chevy 210

1955 was a good year for the Chevrolet branch of General Motors. The 1955 Chevy models were the first to include the legendary small block V8 that the car company has produced longer than any other engine. No other engine in the world has been mass-produced for so long. At the time, though, the V8 was only an option on the 1955 Chevy models, which included the 150, 210, and Bel Air.

Perry Mason and Classic Cars

Perry Mason and Classic Cars

58 Ford Fairlane 500 SkylinerPerry 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.

1967 Dodge Dart Convertible

  1967 Dodge Dart Convertible

1967 Dodge Dart 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.

1964 Buick Wildcat

1964 Buick Wildcat

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.

Blast From The Past: The Essex

Here’s a car that isn’t necessarily the first one might think of when listing classic cars, but it has certainly earned its place in motor vehicle history: The Essex. First introduced in 1919, after being delayed by World War I, the Essex endured a tumultuous economy, huge sales, and its eventual demise in 1932. Though it only survived 13 years before being replaced by the Terraplane, an impressive 1.13 million Essex automobiles were sold in its short life.

The Chrysler Saratoga

The Saratoga nameplate for the Chrysler Corporation first appeared in 1939.  It applied to the most expensive full-size eight-cylinder vehicle, which put it above the Imperial and the New Yorker.  Full wheel covers came standard on the 1939 model and it cost $1,443.  The 1940 model was then assigned to the Series C26 eight-cylinder models, with the Traveler that had replaced the New Yorker and Imperial.  It only came in a four-door sedan model but offered a standard and sport formal interior; the latter included a glass partition that could be lowered.  This was also the year that Fluid Drive was offered for the first time with the three-speed transmission.

Pontiac Revived: The Chieftain

When World War II had come and gone, many car companies were looking for new car designs to boost their sales to the pre-World War II levels.  Pontiac was no different from this.  They decided on a vehicle that was much like their lower level Streamliner in terms of engine, dimensions, trim level and options, but it would use the sportier GM A-Body style instead of the B-Body style of the Streamliner.  This vehicle was called the Pontiac Chieftain and it rose to its expectations by replacing the Torpedo as Pontiac’s top automobile in its first year.

The Nash Rambler: The Big 3′s Competitor

The President of the Nash-Kelvinator Company, George Mason, saw that his company needed to design a car to compete with the “Big 3”, and it had to be something that those companies did not have.  He decided to concentrate on a compact car that was small, yet still would fit 5 passengers comfortably.  Finally, he wanted a car that would save Nash on materials but still get great fuel economy and that would compete with companies that were dominating the lower price segment of the market (i.e. Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth).  His outcome, the first successful modern American compact car, the Nash Rambler.