September 25, 2010
When I was in high school, my buddy Artie purchased a classic 1960′s Buick Wildcat Convertible. It may have been from a grandparent. What a great car. He would drive us all to school. During any free period we had, we would hop in the car, put the top down (even when it was cold), and just drrrrrrrrrive… I wonder where that car is today…
(pictures below are of Wildcats and not specifically Artie’s car)
April 16, 2010
[ Thanks to AutomobileHistoryUSA for having this 1965 Ford Mustang Commercial posted on YouTube.]
It’s hard to tell if the guy was supposed to be goofy, or, if it was just appropriate for the “times”. Immediately I tried to compare it to today’s commercials.
Back then the guy dreamed of a hot woman, the wild west and surfing. Today that commercial would probably have someone dreaming of a hot woman, extreme sports, and perhaps, surfing?
Maybe life hasn’t changed as much as I thought…. Watch the video …
March 27, 2010
I came across DanHeller.com’s article 1950s American Classic Cars (Cuba). Real interesting. He speaks of how the automobile is a luxury in Cuba and the skill to maintain a vehicle is an important trait. Often this is a skill passed down from generation-to-generation. There is pride in owning a nice, well running vehicle.
“... Up until The Revolution in 1960, Cuba was the largest importer of American Cars, mostly the huge, gas-guzzling, multi-ton pile of metal that so many of us look back on today as a romantic relic of the past…” (Article)
Interesting, he also goes into the points of other countries exporting cars into Cuba but the US cars were the ones that lasted. That’s important for many reasons, one being the taxicab business in Cuba… Take a couple of minutes and read the article.
March 23, 2010
This is an interesting video from the 1960′s. Give it a chance. It’s pretty good.
I like the part about the ultra-cold compartment — “… 60 degrees below zero, yet the Chevrolet door lock opens with the usual single easy turn of the key…“
The video made me wonder… which of today’s 2010 model year cars will future collectors be showing and restoring in 2060?
March 21, 2010
This baby (1978 Chevrolet Corvette – Anniversary Edition) needs tons of work… No engine. No transmission. And a garbage dump inside. This will have to wait…. All ideas are welcome. — Bill
OMG – No telling what I’ll find in here!
March 18, 2010
I have recently come across this 53 Chevy. It always seems to be parked in the same driveway. Never seems to be driven. I have no clue if it even has an engine. And if it does, the condition of the engine?! Hmmm…. I wonder if it’s for sale? I have been contemplating leaving a note on the windshield. (It was raining when the pictures were taken.)
March 16, 2010
Just poking around online and came across this Popular Mechanics article from 2008 titled10 Best Car Chases in Movie History: Does Wanted Make the List? (By John Pearley Huffman, Published on: June 26, 2008)
So the list consisted of car chases in these films. (Note: This article was from 2008)
- Gone in 60 Seconds
- The Blues Brothers
- To Live and Die in LA
- Smokey and The Bandit
- Against All Odds
- The French Connection
- Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
- Vanishing Point
And they ranked the car chase from Ronin the #1 Car Chase of all time… Pretty impressive. Take a look.