A WORLD WITH BLUE MAVERICKS STILL EXISTS IN OUR TOWN
The Ford Maverick was hardly the stuff of car guy dreams when it hit the Blue Oval lineup in 1970. It was a compact car that was specifically designed for a car owner on a budget and it lived up to its humble reputation as a low-priced practical form of transportation.
We saw many of them on the streets in the 70s but few of us mourned the passing of the brand in 1977. The Maverick was simply a forgettable car from a time when Detroit was about to re-think its philosophy toward passenger cars.
A Maverick was a primary example of a shift toward low-end automobiles that were not meant to dazzle us with their looks or their performance in the 70s.
THE BIG, BAD AND BEAUTIFUL: DETROIT'S 400 CLUB OF MONSTERS
One of the driving forces behind the street wars of the 60s was a full-on big block bloodbath between the Big Three.
The boys from Detroit took it to the streets and there was only one rule: We do not take prisoners.
The baddest of the bad from the Big Three belonged to the 400 club and they were all bloodthirsty killers.
Ford and Chevy both showed up on the street with 427 cubic inches of brute force while Chrysler brought a 426 Elephant to the dance.
This was a war zone where only the strong survived and anything less than a big block was like bringing a knife to a gunfight, to borrow a famous Sean Connery line from 'The Untouchables'.
APRIL 2013: 1964 PLYMOUTH VALIANT BARRACUDA-DOOR NUMBER THREE FOR MOPAR GUYS
There's no question that the 3rd Generation Barracuda is the undisputed heavyweight champ of the legendary pony car from Plymouth.
The 3rd Gen gets all the press so the 1st Generation 'cuda gets lost in the pages of history as a less important version of the Barracuda.
That's unfortunate because this '64 Barracuda is a shining example of how cool these car were...and are, in 2013.
APRIL 2013:1958 PLYMOUTH SUBURBAN FROM THE "MY DAD HAD ONE" FILES
There's a common thread that runs through most MSCC "stories behind the car".
It's one that every old car owner has heard over and over at numerous car show around the world.
Call it the "my Dad had one" scenario.
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