Classic Car Blog, by Dan Lyons


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

These days, Corvette is Chevy’s flagship, and Thunderbird is in dry-dock – a victim of slow sales.  Sixty years ago, it was a different story.  When Thunderbird made its début in 1955, Corvette was teetering on the brink of extinction.


Monday, May 04, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1957 Ford Ranchero

Half car, half truck – the idea seems logical enough.  In these days of sport utes/station wagon hybrids, we’re used to mixed breeds.  In the Fifties, though, this was radical stuff.  Ranchero wasn’t the first to plow this ground in the states; Hudson and Studebaker had done so decades before.  But, buyers weren’t ready then, and the concept crumbled.  When Ford revisited the idea in 1957, people listened with open ears – and wallets.
 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

First Look – 2015 Shelby GT350/GT350R

Ford has announced a limited production run of 2015 Shelby GT350′s.  The cars commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 nameplate, and each will carry a unique 2015 VIN.
 


Monday, April 27, 2015

Great Car Show This Weekend - Rhinebeck 2015

There’s no better way to shake off a long, depressing winter than with a great, spring car show.

One of my annual favorites happens this weekend: Rhinebeck 2015 will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – May 1-2-3 – at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, NY.


 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Short Take - It’s Hard to Be Dull

Seeing this title, long-time readers of my columns will no doubt protest.  How, they will ask, can it be hard to be dull, when your writing achieves this with such ease?   Since I don’t have a witty comeback for that at hand, I’ll just move on, and point out that I wasn’t talking about me, but rather an available extra on the new Fiat that I reviewed for this week’s test drive.


Friday, April 24, 2015

First Look – 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

Chevy announced today a limited edition run of 2016 Corvette Z06 models.  When they go on sale later this year, all 500 cars in this production run will carry a special, serialized VIN, and will be equipped with the Z07 Performance Package.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1975 Chevy Monte Carlo

Less logical was the growth of personal luxury coupes.  Neither lean nor green, the big two doors nonetheless sold strongly throughout the decade.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Rear View Mirror:1968 Mercury Park Lane

Period ads lauded the “simulated walnut tone paneling” not only for its looks, but also for its practicality, as a stopper of door dings.  Still, the woodie look was more about fashion than function, seeking to add a dash of cosmetic class to the slab sided body of the big Mercs.
 


Monday, April 06, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO

Ford’s fledgling SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) unit reengineered the Mustang Turbo GT hatchback as a pony car with a European flair.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1956 Buick Century

We think of muscle cars as being creations of the Sixties, but in a broader sense, the idea of putting a bigger motor in a smaller car had been around for years before Detroit’s decade of thunder.

One of the Fifties’ finest examples was found in the Buick Century.  The Century name traces back to the 30’s, when Buick used it to highlight the triple digit top speed of the new series.


 


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