MSCC FEBRUARY 9 STAR OF THE WEEK: B C AND E BODIES-THE MOPAR ALPHABET

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09-aimgp3323-001MSCC FEBRUARY 9 STAR OF THE WEEK: B C AND E BODIES-THE MOPAR ALPHABET

There’s an alphabet soup when the topic of Mopar model designation is on the table.

Not only that, there is a steep curve when the debate strays into “most desirable Mopar platform”.

The full-sized C-bodies were often the most expensive Mopars right out of the factory but time wasn’t kind to these large cars, so they are the least sought after platform in 2014.

B-bodies encompass a wide range of options from 4-door sedans to ground-pounding muscle cars so the value reflects these differences.

There’s one rule of thumb…pretty much anything with Road Runner, GTX, R/T or Charger on the badge is going to cost you your first born.

E-bodies like the Cuda or Challenger are going to cost you your first and second born.

This MSCC Star of the Week collection of B, C and E-body trio of Mopars was at a 2010 car show.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 8 STAR OF THE DAY: VOLKSWAGEN PICKUP- BUILT FOR URBAN AND SECONDARY ROADS

08a-imgp1539-001The Volkswagen pickup was the answer to the question, “what do you use for a truck when the roads are small, narrow or nonexistent?”

The answer was found at Volkswagen.

These trucks were built for old-fashioned European city streets or African roads where high clearance, great traction and indestructible, yet simple technology made the difference.

You could drop down the side and unload on the curbside-that’s a big bonus when the street is narrower than most people’s driveways.

This MSCC Star of the Day VW pickup was at a show back in 2012.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 7 STAR OF THE DAY: 1954 OLDS HOLIDAY 98 COUPE-THE PINNACLE OF SUCCESS

08-dsc 0066-002The Oldsmobile 98 was the pinnacle of success for the upper middle class guy. Step beyond that income level and you were entering Cadillac territory.

These cars were made for upper managers, not CEOs, but that didn’t mean an Olds 98 sacrificed style and class for a cheaper sticker price.

They were large, comfortable cars with a dignified presence on the road so they were a small step down from the top rung-just like their owners.

This Star of the Day ’54 Oldsmobile Holiday 98 coupe was seen back in September 2013.

 

 

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 6 STAR OF THE DAY: 1970 MERCURY CYCLONE- FORGOTTEN FORD MUSCLE

06a-img 0658-001The list of Ford muscle always seems to begin and end with the name Mustang with a smattering of Carroll Shelby in the mix.

Mercury always had a car in the mix when it came to performance in arenas like NASCAR, USAC or Trans Am racing and they did well.

Nevertheless, Mercury isn’t the first name that springs to mind when the subject of Ford racing is on the table but history speaks for itself.

This MSCC was on the street at a September 2013 car show.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 5 STAR OF THE DAY: THE PERFECT ROW OF VEHICLES TO MAKE YOUR DAY BETTER

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There are few reasons to get excited about today’s cars because they’re so generic.

The word cookie-cutter is barely adequate for what’s happening on the street in the 21st century
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The world starts making a lot more sense when you get a row of classic old rides like this.

The sun starts shining, the skies clear and the birds start singing when you pull into a cul de sac and see a spontaneous car show like this one a few years ago.

This was a true MSCC Star of the Day moment.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 4 STAR OF THE DAY: OLD PICKUP TRUCKS ARE COOLER THAN TONY BENNETT IN VEGAS

06-img 0625-001Pickup trucks weren’t very cool back in the 50s. Farmers and construction workers drove them so the association wasn’t exactly with Hollywood celebrity.

You might be able to talk your best girl into going to a movie in a truck but if you mentioned drive-in the date was over because trucks were low-end, functional, uncomfortable working machines.

Most pickups didn’t even have radios.

These two MSCC Star of the Day old trucks were at a 2013 show and they demonstrated how cool old trucks have become over sixty years later.

Tony Bennett cool…

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 3 STAR OF THE DAY: 1971 GTX-LAST OF THE MOPAR MUSCLE WITH A BAD ATTITUDE

The Plymouth GTX debuted in 1967 but it sure wasn’t the Summer of Love on the streets when these bad boys hit the road.

The GTX was built for only one reason-dominate on the street. They came in only two forms…nasty and nastier with a 440 standard and 426 hemi option.

A GTX wasn’t designed to win friends.

This MSCC Star of the Day 1971 GTX was the last of the real muscle cars because 1972 was era when they choked the life out of these cars thanks to smog laws.

It may have been the end of an era but the GTX exited with style.

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