1955 Ford Thunderbird: Named For A Country Club

Thumbnail image for 1955FordThunderbird.jpg One of the most famous cars of the 1950s was the Ford Thunderbird. A low, stylish two-seater V8, with creature comforts like power windows and automatic transmission, it wasn’t a sports car in the European tradition, but rather an American interpretation — and it has a strong connection to the desert paradise knows as Palm Springs.

Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California opened in January of 1951 to a swarm of publicity. It was the first golf course in the valley and one of the first anywhere to be surrounded by home sites. It was an instant celebrity hangout, and within a year all of the home sites were sold, many to celebrities of the day….

Datsun’s B210 Honey Bee: All Bee And No Honey

Thumbnail image for datsun-b210-honeybee.jpg Special-edition cars were all the rage in the 1970s, with many successful entries like the Continental Designer’s Series, the Pierre Cardin Javelin, the Spirit of America Chevrolets, Levis’ Edition Gremlins, and even a special-edition Chevette Sandpiper. Most featured unique color combinations, interiors, and extras that commanded a premium over the base version, and they were often eagerly snapped up by a motoring public hungry for some visual distinction.

Mercury Brand Flies Into Olds-blivion

Thumbnail image for 1960_Mercury_Colony_Park_Country_Cruiser.jpg First it was Plymouth, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac, and now another iconic American auto brand is about to bite the dust. Ford announced today its board of directors has voted to kill off Mercury, halting production by year’s end. Once the middle child between Ford and Lincoln, Mercury cars sold by the hundreds of thousands, spanning a 72-year history that brought us such classics as the Cougar, the Montclair, the Comet, the Monterey, the Marauder and the Grand Marquis. Who among us (over 40) doesn’t remember envying those kids lucky enough to ride in the back of a Mercury Colony Park station wagon, complete with side-facing third row seats and a magnetic checker board table to help wallow away the hours? Farewell, oh winged messenger, you will be missed.

AMC’s Pacer: Rebel Without a Heart

Thumbnail image for amc-pacer1.jpgAMC’s Pacer made its debut thirty-five years ago this past spring. It was a distinctive car, a futuristic hatchback with a gigantic glass area and unequal length doors. It is remembered today as a footnote of the disco era, the fishbowl with wheels. But the car that hit the showrooms bore little resemblance to what AMC had intended.

2011 Buick Regal

WELL-MANNERED AND WELL-TAILORED By Jeff Stork The Regal nameplate returns to the Buick lineup for the 2011 model year. The original Regal made its debut in 1973 as a personal luxury coupe and bore the distinction of being the first…

Planning A Last-Minute Holiday Road Trip? Expedia Can Help

Thumbnail image for expedia-lgbt.jpg Thankfully, things have shifted: your Friday meeting has suddenly been canceled, or the dog-sitter called to say she’s got an opening in her schedule, or your partner just came home with a sparkling, new grand tourer, and he’s got “road trip” in his eyes. So now, it looks like you’ll be able to take a quick Memorial Day vacation after all. But where to turn for advice? Try Expedia.

Imperial Decree: Imperial Statewide Meet in Palm Springs, CA

Thumbnail image for chrysler-imperial.jpg They’re sexpots with wheels: voluptous styling, plush interiors, and lots of automotive jewelry. They drip with chrome and styling gimmicks: monstrous fins, freestanding headlamp pods, swiveling seats, square steering wheels, and eagles literally woven into the upholstery fabrics and embossed into the leather. It’s like Chrysler Corporation meets Imperator.

Cadillac Seville: The Baby Turns 35

Thumbnail image for cadillac-seville.jpg It was 35 years ago this month that the Cadillac Seville made its debut. The smallest Cadillac since the 1920’s also debuted with the highest price tag in the Cadillac line up — the base price of $12,479 was the highest of any American made passenger car. This was a deliberate marketing move by Cadillac, which knew that in order for the car to succeed, it had to break through the “bigger is better” mentality that had permeated the domestic industry up to that point.

Breaking: Naked Men Are Distracting To Rally Car Drivers

Thumbnail image for tapper-rally.jpg Mark Tapper was minding his own business, throttling down a dirt road and working hard to maintain his lead in last week’s Rally New Zealand. Then, out of nowhere, came a man — a half-naked man, giving Tapper a fleeting but powerful glimpse of his full moon. Said Tapper, “A very white bottom that was beside the road put me off for a fraction
of a second, then I just ran wide and rolled”. We’ve seen similar accidents caused by women, but this is the first instigated by man-tuchus that we can remember.

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

HONDA’S CROSSTOUR TO EASIER LIVING By Casey Williams A great read is Mary & Russel Wright’s Guide To Easier Living, published in 1950. It tells all of the Stepford domestic divas in suburbia how to while away their days without…