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Vehicle Profile: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

Vehicle Profile: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

Henry Ford II’s answer to the successful launch of the Chevrolet Corvette in 1953, came in 1955 as the Ford “Thunderbird” (1st generation, 55 thru 57 T-Bird). Backtrack a couple short years . . . after a visit to Europe in the early 50’s, Henry Ford II decided he wanted to build a 2-seater, convertible sportscar for the American public. He had also heard rumors, to the effect, that Chevrolet was working on a similar “sporty” concept vehicle made of a new lightweight “material” and so, he was further inspired to push his designers to come up with a competitive vehicle. He sought out and commissioned Vince Gardner…

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Vehicle Profile: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

Vehicle Profile: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

The 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird is hailed as the “holy grail” of Plymouths and the most sought after of their line of raw-powered Muscle Cars and have sold for several hundred thousand dollars. The Superbird actually exists, largely due to the strong requests (actually demands) of then NASCAR champion, national hero, racing celebrity and […]

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Vehicle Profile: Sunbeam Tiger

Vehicle Profile: Sunbeam Tiger

The 1964 through 1967 Sunbeam Tiger, of the Rootes Group from England, was considered by some to be a mini Shelby Cobra because of its similar power-to-weight ratio, as well as the involvement of none other than, the now-infamous, Carroll Shelby himself. Actually, several key players were involved with its concept, design and eventual addition […]

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Vehicle Profile: 1965 Ford Mustang

Vehicle Profile: 1965 Ford Mustang

The year of 1965 was a great one for the Ford Motor Company, with the introduction of a totally new vehicle in their lineup called the Ford Mustang! This beautiful, yet economically minded car, created a new class of vehicle which was dubbed the “Pony Car” (a sporty, 2-door coupe design which incorporated a long […]

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Vehicle Profile: 1955-1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Vehicle Profile: 1955-1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

In 1950, Chevrolet introduced its first Bel Air models, but in 1955,56 and 57 (commonly referred to as the Tri-Five Chevys) they made some awe inspiring design upgrades to these full-sized beauties each and every year. The kinds of changes that created true legends, not only of their time but those that will carry on […]

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Vehicle Profile: Jaguar XK150

Vehicle Profile: Jaguar XK150

The Jaguar XK150 sports car was an upgraded version of Jaguar’s infamous, post-war, XK120/140 models and a very desirable vehicle in the XK model bloodline. The beautifully sweeping, yet bulbous body lines were very appealing to the eye, but the hierarchy at Jaguar was not convinced that the car would be as vigorously accepted by […]

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Vehicle Profile: MG MGB

Vehicle Profile: MG MGB

MG is the moniker for “Morris Garages” of Oxford, England, which began in 1924 or 1925 at a dealer of Morris brand vehicles. The discrepancy regarding the actual year that MG was established varies according to which historical records about the company one refers to. MG modified different Morris brand vehicles into various special sports […]

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Vehicle Profile: Mercedes-Benz 350SL

Vehicle Profile: Mercedes-Benz 350SL

The Mercedes-Benz SL series began it’s production run way back in 1954 (actually the series began in 1952, but as a racing version only) and continues through today. The period we are concentrating on here, was produced from April 1971 (1972 introduction in USA) through mid year 1989, which was the longest run in the series to remain basically unchanged throughout the length of it’s production.

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Vehicle Profile: Pontiac GTO

Vehicle Profile: Pontiac GTO

The First true “Muscle Car”? Many will argue it to be the 1964 Pontiac Tempest LeMans “GTO” (the 2nd generation Tempest, 1964 thru 1967 models)! Even Pontiac itself warned: “To be perfectly honest, the Tempest “GTO” is not everyone’s cup of tea. … It’s suspension is firm, tuned more to the open road than to […]

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Vehicle Profile: 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

Vehicle Profile: 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

In 1929, Mr. Errett Lobban Cord (or E.L. Cord to most people) founded the Cord Corporation as a holding company for the many companies (over 150 total) which were under his control at the time. These companies included the likes of the Auburn Automobile Company (which also produced the Cord line of automobiles), Duesenberg Inc., […]

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