Month: November 2013

How far has car safety come in 50 years?

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1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS crash test

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Mopar parts – Chrysler – Dodge – Plymouth

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Mopar is the Parts, Service and Customer Care organization within Chrysler Group LLC. Mopar also designs and builds a small number of customized vehicles. The term was first used by Chrysler in the 1920s and was introduced as a brand starting in 1937. Mopar parts are original equipment manufactured parts for Chrysler vehicles. In Canada, these were sold under the Chryco and AutoPar brands until the Mopar brand was phased into that nation’s market, starting in the late 1970s.
The term “Mopar” has passed into broader usage among car enthusiasts as an unambiguous reference to the parent company Chrysler Group LLC. The term has thus become an inclusive word for any Chrysler-built vehicle—most any Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, Imperial, or DeSoto, plus Jeeps and sometimes Eagle vehicles built after Chrysler’s 1987 buyout of AMC-Jeep. Thus, for example, a car club for owners of any Chrysler Corporation vehicle might describe itself as a club for Mopar enthusiasts.

Mustang Mach II: The Two-Seater That Almost Was

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Some love affairs just aren’t meant to be, like Liz Taylor and her seven husbands. Then there was Ford’s on-again, off-again romance with two-seat vehicles. They tried to make it work in the 1950s with the T-Bird. But, while the car sold well in its original configuration, by 1958 it had gained a back seat in an effort to widen its market appeal.

The boys from Dearborn tried again with the Mustang I concept vehicle in 1962. The auto won acclaim on the show car circuit, but marketing interests led the company to once again modify the production machine to fit four. The new pony car’s sales went through the roof, and by the mid-60s it appeared that the two-seater idea and Ford were not to be a match.

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Never ones to give up easy, the creative forces at Ford gave it one more shot in 1967 with the Mustang Mach II. Led by company design chief Gene Bordinat, the Special Vehicle Unit gave the concept car sleek lines reminiscent of the Shelby Cobra. It also put a 289 ci high-performance engine just behind the two seats, yet wisely kept the long hood/short deck design the Mustang production model was famous for.

The Mach II should have made it to production. It had everything going for it, including great looks, exceptional stability and speed. But, once again, it was not to be. Some have conjectured that part of the reason was that the public linked the mid-engine configuration with the notorious Corvair. This is an unfair comparison, as the vehicle that Ralph Nader killed was actually a rear-engine job. Nonetheless, after a brief moment of car show glory the Mustang-that-almost-made-it was mothballed by the suits. With no Ford two-seater, the Corvette went on to become America’s premier two-seat sports car, a title it retains to this day.

Flashback – Precursor to The Muscle Cars: 1957 Chrysler 300-C vs. 1957 Pontiac Bonneville

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Looking for a little more Exner love this week? How about Arch Brown and Bud Juneau’s comparison report from SIA #166, July 1998, pitting two of the hottest American performance cars from 1957 against each other – the fuelie Pontiac Bonneville and the dual-quad Hemi-powered Chrysler 300-C. Ex, of course, oversaw the design of the latter, and it’s a good bet that something like the Bonneville would have appeared sooner or later if Ex had stuck around with GM a little longer. – See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013/11/24/sia-flashback-precursor-to-the-muscle-cars-1957-chrysler-300-c-vs-1957-pontiac-bonneville/?refer=news#sthash.NQsKxTui.dpuf

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ITEM 5-E-1 1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF BUY IT AT AT: DANNYWHITFIELD.COM
ITEM 5-E-1 1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF BUY IT AT AT:
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1957 CHRYSLER 300-C, BUY IT AT DANNYWHITFIELD.COM
1957 CHRYSLER 300-C, BUY IT AT DANNYWHITFIELD.COM

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