Category Archives: Classic Cars

Datsun 240Z

'72 Datsun 240ZDuring the 1970’s, this car easily set the record for the best-selling sports car of all time with more than 540,000 built.  In 2004, it was even ranked as #2 on the list for best sports cars of the 1970’s.  What is it you ask?  It is the Datsun 240Z.  The Datsun 240Z had many obstacles standing in its way to getting designed and built.  In the late 1950’s, Yutaka Katayama was hired by the Nissan company to help market their cars.  He was the first person to convince Nissan that adding a racing program would be a good way to build the Nissan name, and he was right.  This didn’t sit well with his bosses because he went around them to their bosses to pitch the idea, so they decided to give him a job in North America – Datsun Marketing Manager For North America.  You see, the market for Japanese cars in America was slim because most people didn’t want to buy Japanese-made cars after World War II, so even though the name Datsun was put on all Nissan cars sold in North America, it was figured that Mr. Katayama would stay out of the lime-light with this challenging position.  His bosses couldn’t have been more wrong.

Corvette Stingray L88

Corvette Stingray L88

Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

If you want to talk about mega-muscle American style, one car that has to enter the conversation is the legendary Corvette Stingray L88. Though it was available in very limited numbers to the general public, the L88 was a race car through and through, and it was in fact almost on the down low with GM discouraging dealers from ordering it for street drivers.

The Birth of Jeep Willys

When John North Willys bought the Overland Automotive division of the Standard Wheels Company in 1908, he likely would have never expected such confusion over the name of his most popular selling vehicle.  The name Jeep Willys has had its share of misspellings, mispronunciations, and rumors about where the name came from, but that is one of the reasons the Jeep Willys is so interesting.

The Top Corvettes Of All Time

The Top Corvettes Of All Time

1967-chevrolet-corvette-stingrayThe Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most distinctive and popular American cars ever produced. Introduced by General Motors in 1952, it has been in production for almost 70 years, and has seen many changes over the decades. In this article we will take a look at three of the top Corvettes ever made.

 

A Different Kind of Bird

A Different Kind of Bird

1970 FirebirdIt’s almost Thanksgiving! Even though we have another week to prepare for the festivities, we’re starting now: the turkeys have been ordered, we are dreaming of pumpkin pies, and bread is being torn into little pieces for the perfect stuffing. It’s a day devoted to giving thanks for all we are grateful for as much as it is devoted to the perfectly prepared bird-the turkey, of course!

At the same time, though, we’re giving thanks for a different type of bird, the Pontiac Firebird.

1970 Ford Mustang

Just because a car looks cool, that does not mean its performance is just as impressive. Others, though, bring the best of both worlds. The Ford Mustang often ranks on the lists of history’s most-popular muscle cars, and certainly the 1970 Ford Mustang is one of those that constantly excites classic and muscle car fans from around the world. This was a car which had probably had many engine options, giving drivers the ability to impress others on the road. Today, this model year is still a favorite at classic car shows and auctions. We’d be quite surprised if that changed anytime soon.

Cars that Moved Brands

Cars That Moved Brands

'56 Nash RamblerSome car names are just too good to stay within one brand. While it is impossible to consider the Mustang ever belonging to a carmaker other than Ford or a Corvette not being a Chevy, there are a few car models that have switched to other makers. Most of the name switches did not take place overnight, but many involved the defunct AMC along with cars in the Mopar lineup. Here are some of the notable switches:

1967 Chevrolet Nova

1967 Chevrolet Nova

1967 Chevy NovaThe 1967 Chevrolet Nova has its roots in the 1962 Chevy II. The original model was called the Chevy II, but the top trim lines and sportier versions got to wear the Nova nameplate. By 1968, the name Chevy II was totally out, and Nova was in. The Nova/Chevy II cars essentially rescued Chevrolet’s entry in the compact car market. Previously, the Corvair held that place in the Chevrolet brand, but it had an odd style and consumers had safety concerns.

The Ford Falcon

Many people consider the Ford Falcon to be among the most popular muscle cars in American History. Why? The Falcon not only enjoyed huge success upon its release, but it also gave owners and car enthusiasts something to be proud of and to talk about for generations to come. Though this particular model was produced between 1960-1970, the word Falcon was originally used for a 1935 model that Edsel Ford had designed. The name and design didn’t last, and it eventually morphed into the Mercury instead.

1969 Ford Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang

1969 Mustang Mach 1Among the many celebrated muscle cars, and indeed cars in general, in American car history is the Ford Mustang. Classified as a pony car, this is a car which has enchanted generations of car lovers and even casual car enthusiasts, and has epitomized American automotive pride. Today, the Mustang remains a symbol of power and respect on the road, and still, millions of people around the world appreciate this head-turner. With the first generation Mustang (1964-1973) came the beginning of the muscle car era, and indeed, it signified the beginning of the American love affair with fast cars. Though Ford’s competitors also began to produce their own muscle cars, many did not stand the test of time like the Mustang.