Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Car Columbo Drove?

A 1950s Peugot 403 Cabriolet. A very rare car as the sedan version was much more common. http://www.columbo-site.freeuk.com/car.htm

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Stainless Steel Sports Car?

John Delorean, the General Motors engineer behind the 1960's Pontiac Tempest and GTO, wanted to build his own car that would bear his name. With gull-wing doors and a stainless steel body, it was a rapid departure from the Pontiacs. And, because of 100 million dollar incentives from the British government, America's second sports car would be built in Northern Ireland.

More than 9000 DMC-12's were built in 1982 and '83 but people weren't lining up to buy them. A recession, the lack of a dealer network, and the fact that it was more expensive than America's first sports car, the Corvette, all conspired against Delorean.

Trying to secure the funds needed for his car company to go on, John Delorean was caught in a multi-million dollar drug sting by the FBI. Because of entrapment laws, he was never prosecuted. And the DMC-12 went on to star in the 'Back to the Future' movies.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chevrolet Corvair

When the Chevrolet Corvair came out in 1960 it was viewed as a very unique automobile. It is the only mass-produced American car that had an engine in the back.

Also, if you took the tailights and put them in the front and put the headlights in the back, people wouldn't be able to tell whether you were coming or going.

By 1965 a redesign made the car sexy. Now it looked like the Corvette's bigger brother...

This didn't save the Corvair though. A quirky car, there were safety concerns and Ralph Nader's book, 'Unsafe at Any Speed,' gave it bad press. Production ended in 1969.