AUGUST 2014: 1961 FORD 4-DOOR SEDAN – A 53-YEAR-OLD BINGO PRIZE
The early 1960s were about less flash and more substance. This was an era where practicality outweighed style so you didn't see multi-million dollar lottery prizes.
That's why they gave away stripped-down, barebones 4-door sedans for bingo prizes instead of Ferraris.
The simplest explanation is people used 4-door sedans back in '61 while a Ferrari was a foreign nightmare with two seats that would severely cut into the fundraising net margin.
AUGUST 2014: THIS CORVAIR GUY LOVES RALPH NADER'S LEAST FAVORITE SET OF WHEELS
1960 was a game-changer for Detroit because they lost the fins and added the compact car to their lineups.
A compact car from the Big Three was a major change in direction for the boys from Detroit because big had always been beautiful when it came to cars.
A compact car was their way to gain a share in the small car market where the European carmakers owned the territory and led the way with the German-made Volkswagen Beetle.
The Beetle had become a big success in the North American car market and Detroit carmakers wanted to take the small car market away from the foreign invasion.
Enter the compact car with a North American birth certificate.
AUGUST 2014: A TERMINALLY CUTE 1959 BMW ISETTA HAS A LONG HISTORY WITH ONE FAMILY
One of the crowd-pleasers at any car show is a BMW Isetta
They are the cute little puppies of the automotive world and kids love these iconic little cars because the Isetta looks like it came right off the set of another 'Cars' movie from Disney.
We discovered an Isetta and its owners in a parking lot and we seized the golden opportunity to interview owners Lynne and Kathy Noble about their cool little set of wheels.
AUGUST 2014: FROM FATHER TO SON – A RARE 1980 FORD SURVIVOR STAYS IN THE FAMILY
The Ford Fairmont was designed for practical and affordable transportation during its 1978-83 model run.
The Fairmont replaced the equally practical and affordable Maverick as a car that served a purpose for families on a budget.
The Fairmont came and went with little fanfare because it was not the stuff of dreams for most car guys.
Few of them are still around because they were purpose-driven automobiles and that purpose was affordable but largely forgettable transportation followed by a date with the crusher.
AUGUST 2014: '57 PLYMOUTH FURY – MOPAR MUSCLE FROM A BYGONE ERA
The Plymouth Fury was at the birth of the muscle car era back in 1956 – long before the Road Runner beeped its way into the hearts of car guys.
The 1957 Fury was an extension of the muscle car concept and it handled the role with ease because these cars were monsters on the street.
The biggest problem with a '57 Fury is finding one.
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