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Carmakers Enter the Space Race
In the 1960s, the United States and Russia were caught up in the space race. This meant that everything from high ball glasses and furniture to women’s hats and automobiles were designed with outerspace in mind. Some of the most exciting cars from the 1960s were designed and named to invoke images of satellites, planets, and rocket ships.
One of the most memorable ‘space race’ cars with the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starline. This car evokes not only the ultimate goal to explore the galaxy, but to do it in a stylish car that zips through the stars.
The Forward Look Lineup and the Little Known Designer
In 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
Ask 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.
The Best Mopar Cars Ever
In the world of racing, Mopar cars – those made by Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge – were some of the fastest, especially due to the 426 Hemi engine. Since the Mopar motors were so powerful and began dominating the NASCAR circuit, the bigwigs decided that something had to be done. They decreed that cars on the NASCAR circuit had to be produced in the thousands, which made the Mopar line of cars available to the public with a slight variation on the racing engine that took NASCAR by storm. These are the results: the best Mopar cars to hit the streets:
1955 Dodge Lancer
The Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation has long been known to produce quality vehicles that excite car lovers around the world. During the 1950s, the story was very much the same, and the company produced several classic cars that their owners proudly display at classic car shows across the United States each year. The Lancer nameplate was a great addition to several different lines during this time period. These included the Coronet, Royal, and Custom Royal lines. The Lancer nameplate, however, only applied to the pillarless 2 and 4-door hardtop versions of each model.
A More Recent Classic
The Dodge Viper is perhaps not one of the oldest or most successful Dodge models, but it is noteworthy indeed when looking at the history of the company. Production began on the Viper in 1991, a time when pop music sensations were taking over American youth, and image was beginning to mean everything to the new car buying generation. The V10 engine under the hood offered a great deal of power and allowed the car to go 0-60 in a blinding 4.6 seconds. With a top speed of 164 miles per hour, this was a car that could certainly get you where you needed to go.
2012 Charger Fever Weekend
In the very beginning the Charger was offered as an option package that could be ordered with the Dart GT; this was back in 1965, and there were a very limited number of these vehicles manufactured so they are rather rare today.
During the next model year the Dodge Charger became a model in its own right and its reputation grew over the next decade-plus as one of the true muscle cars of the classic era of late 1960s and 1970s.
Dodge Model 30
When you talk about the true pioneers of automobile manufacturing in the United States, Dodge is going to be right near the top of the list. It all started out back in 1900 when the Dodge Brothers Company was founded as an entity that would manufacture components that would be utilized to build motor vehicles. The company subsequently started making their own vehicles and it became part of the Chrysler Corporation in 1928.
A Shooting Star: The Dodge Polara
Given how technologically advanced we are these days it’s easy to lose sight of the excitement that people were experiencing during the 1950s when the “space race” was under way between the United States and Russia. Celestial matters were on the minds of many people, and this was not lost on people intent on selling American cars.
Classic Dodge Marketplace
We like to take a look at the classic Dodge models that we all know and love as part of our agenda here on the blog, and as we all know there are countless examples to examine.
But at the same time, we also like to pass along information that is useful to classic Dodge fans beyond simply putting the cars themselves under the microscope.
With this in mind we will let you know about classic car shows and cruises that are of interest to people who love collectible Dodge automobiles and trucks. And when we hear about good Dodge car clubs we will give you a heads-up about them as well.