Classic Car Blog, by Dan Lyons


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1980 MGB LE

Though there were a handful of sports car makes in the 50’s-70’s, none played a greater part in hooking America on the breed than MG.  Many American servicemen caught the roadster bug when they were stationed in Great Britain during WWII.  They returned to the states when the war was over, and soon enough, MG’s followed them across the pond and into their driveways.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero

Ford wasn’t the first to market a car-based pickup truck, but they were the first to make the concept pay off.


Monday, March 09, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet

Valiant was an original member of what might be called the Little Three.  Along with Falcon and Corvair, these were the first compact cars from Detroit’s Big Three, all introduced in 1960.
 


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1961 Ford Falcon Futura

Falcon also hatched a new model in 1961. Dubbed Futura, it capitalized on the fledgling market for sporty compacts that had been tapped a year earlier by Corvair with its Monza coupe. 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1966 Chevy Corvair Monza

In some ways, Corvair was ahead of its time.  Chronologically, though, it was the ultimate car of the 60’s.  It arrived in mid-model year 1960, and production ceased after 1969. 


 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

Normally the flagship of the lineup, the Buick Roadmaster convertible coupe had to take a back seat in 1953-54 - temporarily. 
 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1967 Ford Bronco

These days, SUV’s are about as rare as cell phones, but back in the 1960’s, it was a different story.


Monday, February 02, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1968 Shelby GT 500

Production of Shelby’s cars moved from California to Michigan for 1968, and the cars got a face and tail lift.  Up front, the scoops were tugged to the hood’s edge, where they overlooked a new grille, with rectangular driving lights.  Out back, meanwhile,  Shelbys sprouted sequential turn signals -  a taillight design cue borrowed from the Thunderbird. 


 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1974 Porsche 914

The idea behind the 914 was a good one for many reasons, not the least of which was resources.  The combined parts bin that could be raided to build such a car was considerable.
 


Monday, January 19, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Though it lived in the shadow of its race-bred brother (the 300SL), the 190SL went on to make its own mark.  From 1954-1963, the roadster from Mercedes-Benz carved out a modestly successful niche, as a sport tourer.  The car did so by adding refinement and a measure of practicality to the two seat segment – a market where those two commodities were in chronically short supply. 
 


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