History of Classic Cars and Trucks
If you're looking for information on your favorite classic ride, you've found the right place! Classic-Car-History is an informational site providing information on unique and classic cars and trucks. Whether you own a British sports car, restoring an American muscle car, or perhaps thinking about buying a classic Jeep, you'll find something of interest here.
There was an enormous amount of design talent during the 1950s. Raymond Loewy, Harley Earl, Elwood Engel - just a few who gave us styles and innovations that last to this day. The Chrysler 300, Chevy Impala and Corvette, all introduced in the fifties, are still with us, and the retractable hardtop has made a comeback.
Development of the Ford Thunderbird began in February of 1953, just one month after GM debuted their Corvette Dream Car at the Motorama in New York.
Ford would use parts off existing models for their new car, as did Chevy. Ford would also copy the long-nose/short-tail and 102-inch wheelbase of the Jaguar XK120 as did Chevy. But similarities ended there - Ford's answer to the Corvette was not a bare-bones sports car, but rather a stylish and practical personal luxury car.
In 1960, the total import car share of the U.S. market was just 7.58 percent. The air-cooled, rear-engine VW Beetle was most popular, with 159,995 sold.
During the original Beetle's 65-year production run, more than 21 million were sold world-wide, becoming the fourth highest selling automobile of all time.
Designed for straight-line speed, muscle cars lacked sophisticated chassis, brakes, and suspension, but they were durable, affordable, and fast. Starting in the early sixties, both Ford and Dodge were building cars specifically to compete at the drag strip. Chrysler's 426 Hemi motor was first seen in 1964 and offered in street trim in 1966, including the original Dodge Charger.
Read: Muscle Car History
Styled after the 1927-1928 Mercedes Benz SSK, the Excalibur was America's first replicar. In it's first and most successful carnation, a hand-laid fiberglass body was fitted over a Studebaker chassis and drivetrain. After the original company failed in 1986, the Excalibur was revived several times.
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