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The Rebirth of the Convertible

The Rebirth of the Convertible

Cadillac EldoradoIt 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.

Pontiac GTO: Some History

Pontiac GTO: Some History

When you talk about the great American muscle cars of the 1960s and beyond one of the first vehicles that is going to enter the conversation is the Pontiac GTO.

A lot of people have heard of John DeLorean as the founder of the DeLorean Motor Company, the ill-fated luxury car manufacturer of the 1970s. However, DeLorean was long thought of as an automotive design genius before starting his own company.

He was the chief engineer of the Pontiac division of General Motors in the early 1960s and he was instrumental in the design of the GTO along with chassis expert Bill Collins and engine man Russell Gee.

Code Name “Panther”

Code Name “Panther”

1967 Chevy Camaro

The Ford Mustang had an extraordinary impact on the automotive industry after its release in April of 1964.

As you might expect, the other major automobile manufacturers immediately got to work on their versions of a pony car so that they could garner their share of this burgeoning new market.

1967 Chevrolet CamaroIn 1965 rumors began to circulate about the Chevrolet division of General Motors developing a competitor under the code name “Panther”.

7 of the Most Popular Classic Cars

7 of the most popular classic cars

Before buying or selling a classic car, an important factor to consider is its popularity for a number of reasons. Popularity could indicate the odds of selling the car if that is the intention- certainly it is easier to sell something that is in demand. At the same time, however, when buying a classic car, a popular car can make it difficult to find parts, and prices typically reflect that. Indeed, it can be much more expensive to repair a popular classic car. Aside from buying and selling, though, it’s just plain interesting to learn about some of the most popular cars. Here’s a list of 7 of the most popular classic cars. Drum roll, please!

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

1972 Buick SkylarkFlint, Michigan: The motherland of General Motors. In the 1960s, Flint could brag that it had the highest per capita income of any in the world, but this is no longer the case. There are a few remnants of the day, like the largest brownfield zone in the United States; this zone was once the flourishing Buick city plant. At one point, over 80,000 people worked for General Motors in Flint alone, now there are fewer than 4,000. People leave the city to find a new home every single day. The Great Recession has taken its toll on Flint, but it has not destroyed the Sloan-Longway Museum.

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

High Tech Lo Tech: Concept Cars from 1969

Buick Century Cruiser - Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

Buick Century Cruiser – Photo Courtesy of oldconceptcars.com

General Motors was on a roll in the 1960s, with muscle cars and cars inspired by the space race. The biggest automaker in the world ended the decade with concept cars that took imagination and innovation to an entirely new level. These cars looked more like space ships than speed demons and they were created with idea of where technology could take us when we were on the roads.

Long Live the Last Dealership

Long Live the Last Dealership

'66 International ScountIf you have ever wondered what happened to dealerships after automotive brands shuttered, you no longer have to wonder. In many cases, the dealerships either close or adopt a new brand. When Oldsmobile stopped production in 2004, dealerships took on Buicks or GMC instead. You will be hard pressed to find any Oldsmobile dealerships anywhere in the United States and the same goes for Pontiac dealerships, too. Those dealerships expired in October 2010. While General Motors seems to have a stronghold on the status of its shuttered brands, other manufacturers were not so tight fisted.

Chevy Master Deluxe

Master Deluxe

1938 Chevy Master DeluxeMoving into the 1940s was a good year for Chevy. As the decade switched to 1940, General Motors sold car number 25 million moving the large car manufacturer ahead of Ford Motor Company. One of the biggest reasons that Ford moved into second place in 1940 was due to the fact that cars were advancing past the coach-look of the Model-T into the integrated sedan-look of the Chevy Master Deluxe. Ford just could change with the times fast enough.

Serious Collectible: Select 60 Buick Reatta

Serious Collectible: Select 60 Buick Reatta

1990 Buick ReattaOne little known car in the collectible world is the Buick Reatta Select 60. All of the Buick Reatta models were made by hand, making each of the more than 21,000 cars special to General Motors and to their owners. These luxury sports cars were made for just a few short years, between 1988 and 1991. While the majority of the Buick Reatta models are overly collectible, there are a few select ones – called Select 60 – that truly are.

Special Models for a Select Group of Dealers

Pontiac Tempest: Tempest to GTO

Pontiac Tempest: Tempest to GTO

66 Pontiac TempestWhen the Pontiac division of General Motors closed a few years ago, car buffs could not believe the brand that changed the face of automotive history would no longer be in existence. The automaker had been in dire straits before, but pulled out of it to become one of the most popular car makers in the world. Many were frustrated that Pontiac was not given the chance to do it again.