For 1969, the new LTDs arrived, and they were massive. For 1973, they became even bigger, adding on more weight to an already heavy car. In addition, the styling was uglier, and the LTD name became lower in the Ford hierarchy--it was no longer special. You had to move up to the Brougham to get the cursive badges and vinyl. Of course, the wagon was better looking than the sedans or coupes, the fatter styling seemed to suit it better. This top of the line wagon still has all of its wood paneling, exclusive to the Country Squire.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Along with the B210 and Corolla, the Civic was part of a different "big three" in the 70s: the 3 big economy compacts. The first generation was made from 1973-79, and, despite rust problems, sold well due to the American car manufacturer's inability to design a worthy competitor. The Civic was smaller than the Datsun, and cheaper than the Corolla, making it very attractive to buyers. Available as a 3 or 5-door, and a wagon, this patina'ed Civic shows the orginal placement of the turn signals in the grille.
Monday, April 20, 2015
The El Camino, Chevy's car-truck hybrid, first appeared in 1959, and would last until 1987. The fourth generation was introduced in 1973, along with the new Chevelle upon which it was based. Many of the Chevelle's options were carried over onto the El Camino line, including the SS package, vinyl roofs, and engine options. This '77 classic looks pretty mean in black with wide aftermarket rims.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The first generation Bronco was introduced in 1966, directly competing with the IH Scout and (much less refined) Jeep CJ. Unlike SUVs of today, the Bronco wasn't based on Ford's pickups, instead using a much smaller and more compact platform. Now considered a design classic, this first generation truck has the Ranger stripe kit, and still has original, uncut rear fenders.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Jeep CJ-8 was introduced for 1981, and was another addition to the Jeep lineup. Basically a standard CJ-7 with a pickup bed, the Scramblers also had a longer wheelbase. Like other Jeeps of the same period, Scramblers were available in all kinds of cool stripe kits, though this one has a more subtle scheme. Scramblers are some of my favorite Jeeps today, and, because of their rarity, it's always nice to see one.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Ford LTD first arrived in 1965 as an upscale trim level of the Galaxie 500, and became stand-alone model the next year. As the top, luxury offering, options were usually plentiful. Available in all Galaxie bodystyles, the LTD shared the Galaxie's handsome styling. This beautifully patina'ed '66 shows off the sporty, fastback styling of the coupe.
Monday, April 6, 2015
The Dodge Omni and Horizon should get a lot more attention than they do. Here was a extremely modern, front wheel drive, competitive compact from an American manufacturer. The only other car similar was the Fiesta, but it was smaller; the Horizon was sized like a Golf (and looked a lot like a Golf as well). The Omni/Horizon soldiered on until 1990, however, and by that time it was outdated among rivals. Along the way, it spawned the Horizon TC3/Omni 024, as well as the Omni-based Shelby GLH and GLHS.