It’s nearly as familiar a story as boy meets girl — racing driver decides to build ultimate roasters. And so it was when Argentinian racer Alejandro de Tomaso migrated from the USA to Italy with his American wife in the late 1950s. He played around with assorted racing cars but really wanted De Tomaso Automobili … [Read more…]
The Ford Mustang set the pony-car agenda at just the right time, when the Sheiks turned off the oil taps and gas guzzling became bad news, but Chevrolet’s response was swift and impressive. The Camaro followed the required long-bonnet-short-rear-deck pony-car principle, but its styling was in no way imitative and the new equine runner was … [Read more…]
The Eldorado is an automotive institution, having been a stylish presence for the second half of the 20th century. The name appeared in 1953 and had covered a multitude of models before the last Eldorado rolled off the line in 2002. However, they all had one thing in common — they were Cadillac’s pampered playboys … [Read more…]
Chevy’s Corvette (designed by the legendary Harley Earl and launched in 1953) had been a sizzling success, but by the early 1960s a completely reworked model was in the pipeline. After an exhaustive design process the C2 (officially named the Corvette Sting Ray) took its first bow in 1963 — to thunderous applause.
You could base a social history on the Buick Special Skylark. It was conceived as a conventionally cynical exercise in the idiom of contemporary supermarket salesmanship. The Buick Special had performed reasonably well for the company, which wasn’t quite ready to launch a whole new series of models.