In this day and age of futuristic space aged minivans with all the fixings, the 1980’s station wagon seems like something out of the Smithsonian. It was a very unique vehicle. The first thing that struck you about the station wagon was its length. It was at least thirty feet long. The classic wagon’s were two-toned. The bottom was wood panelled and the top was a solid colour. The wood panelling gave off a sense of class (or maybe that it was very flammable). The spoked rims were encircled by classic white-walled tires.
Cars were my passion as a little girl. The world outside the window of my parent’s car in the late fifties and early sixties was filled with colorful, moving three-dimensional sculptures that featured the best designs that American engineers had to offer. It was a time before seatbelts and car seats — being so small I was able to stand on the back seat and lean on the rear dash watching all of the great works of American Art roll past me on the road.
On this day 17 years ago the unthinkable happened, Volkswagen stopped making the “original” version of the Beetle, the iconic vehicle dreamed up in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche that became Adolf Hitler’s vision of the “people’s car”.
In the modern age, it seems like classic cars have taken a backseat (pun intended) to modern vehicles. Both classic and modern cars have great things to offer, but if you’ve forgotten just how amazing classic cars are, here’s a little guide to jog your memory.
Contessa, India’s first luxury sedan came to Indian market in the mid 80s when Indian roads were ruled by Ambassadors and Premier Padminis. Contessa soon became a status symbol in India. The car was mostly used by top business men and ministers.
All good things must come to an end. That includes the last of some cars. On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, the last Volkswagen Beetle came off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico. Never again will that particular car be made. The recognizable classic car has been around for the last 81 years. Plenty of the classic cars used to be seen often on the highways. Now they are rarely seen. Sales declined from 46,000 in 2013 to just 15,166 last year, according to Autodata Corp.
This classic car show was held on the lawns of Christchurch Quay, Christchurch in Southern England. The number of visitors was not known, as entry to the show was free. However, the organizers (Classic Cars on The Prom 2019) estimated that some 380 classic vehicles took part. The only qualification for displaying at this show was any vehicle that was manufactured before 31st July 1983.
If you own a vintage car, then you would definitely want to take good care of the car and maintain it perfectly. The point is that you may want to resell your vintage car or want to gift it to someone or you may just want to hold on to that Vintage car. Whatever be the motivation, you would still need to take good care of the car so as to ensure that it does not fall into disrepair and disuse. Here are a few tips which should enable you to take better care of your vintage car.
In its hundred-plus years of business, Mercedes-Benz has been able to redefine how cars are supposed to look, ride, and drive. The company blazed a trail since the very first modern car, and now, they're still leading the pack. It's a company known for excellence, plain and simple.
The Chevy Chevelle was one of Chevrolet's most successful nameplates. The Chevelle Super Sport, or SS represented Chevrolet's ticket into the muscle car battle. It began as the ultimate working stiff’s muscle car and remained so from 1964 through its peak in 1970 fading out to the last model Chevelle SS in 1973.
It was early in the 1970s and I was the geeky kid at school. You know the one that carried a briefcase instead of backpack. The occasional saving grace that kept me from complete social isolation was my brother. Six years my elder and a biker. He would, when the mood strike him, pick me up outside the gates of my all boys secondary school on his motorbike. This was not just any bike, this was "the beast." A full on cafe racer from the 1960s, these were the days before the Japanese had taken over. Before fiberglass fairings and disc brakes and engines the size and weight of a small house. A Triumph 110, the precursor to the Bonneville although any resemblance to the factory model had long since past. The 650cc engine had been fitted with 11-1 compression pistons that made kick starting it a risky art form. Twin carbs and a two into one swept up exhaust. Four leading shoe front brakes that left the front wheel spokes no longer that a large match stick. Twin leading shoe brakes on the back and an aluminum five gallon fuel tank. Clip-ons and rear sets forced the rider into a near prone position hunkered down with his chest embracing the tank. The whole sight was a vision of black and silver, aluminum and chrome with just one nut on the front wheel painted red as a highlight. Like I said, a classic 60s cafe racer. Dad said, "Son one say that bike will kill you." He could not have been more wrong.
Famous cars from television shows and movies such as the General Lee car or KITT from Knight Rider made an impression on fans who like cars. The “Bat Mobile” from the series and movies called Batman. In some movies and shows, there were other cars that really made an impression of fans.