MSCC SEPTEMBER 14 STAR OF THE WEEK: ’66 FURY III – THE CASTE SYSTEM WAS ALIVE AND WELL
The best way to describe 1966 Detroit iron is caste system. There were so many versions of cars you needed 120 pages for a sales brochure.
The car builders had it figured out because base line sedans were fleet fodder as taxis and police cars, so why dress them up like they were going to the country club on Saturday night for a formal reception?
Plymouths had one of the largest caste systems in the business because they started with the lowly Fury I and migrated to the newly-minted, top rung VIP. They had the Fury II, Fury III and Sport Fury as filler in the Plymouth sandwich.
This MSCC Star of the Week Fury III was at a show back in 2013 – this is a flashy car so it’s hard to believe there were two more rungs up the ladder at Plymouth back in ’66.
MSCC SEPTEMBER 13 STAR OF THE DAY: ’34 FORD – CLASSIC RODS ARE SIMPLY BORN TO GREATNESS
The 1932 Ford kicked off a classic era for hot rodders – one that continued through to 1940.
These Fords were so easy to rod they were like a do it yourself kit for amateur customizers.
They were plentiful, cheap and many of them came with flattie V-8s so any kid with a little bit of talent and a lot of imagination could build a Ford rod.
This MSCC Star of the Day ’34 Ford was at a show last month and it was a great example of what’s inspired gearheads for over eighty years.
MSCC SEPTEMBER 12 STAR OF THE DAY: AMC PACER – ONE WAY TO STAND OUT AT A CAR SHOW
The easiest way to stand out in any crowd is to be clearly different from everyone else.
Some people do this by tattooing a skull in the middle of their foreheads and others do it by turning their hair neon pink.
Others do it by ripping off their clothes and running the length of a football field in a packed stadium.
None of these options are intelligent or rational decisions.
This MSCC Star of the Day AMC Pacer was at a car show three years ago and it was clearly an intelligent, rational way to stand out in a crowd.
MSCC SEPTEMBER 11 STAR OF THE DAY: ’57 FORD – THE FRONT RUNNER IN A BIG YEAR
Most car guys think Chevy when the year 1957 enters any conversation but history shows the ’57 Ford was the front runner that year.
That might be a huge shock to anyone who attends a car show because you almost need an extra parking lot to handle the 1957 Chevys.
’57 Fords are far less likely to be a frequent flyer at any show but that doesn’t mean they lost their cool factor over the last sixty years.
You want solid evidence?
Take a look at this MSCC Star of the Day ’57 Ford Fairlane convertible on the street back in June.
MSCC SEPT 10 STAR OF THE DAY: ONE OF THE RARE TIMES YOU’LL SEE AN OLD TRUCK IN FRONT OF A CAMARO
Pickup trucks were rarely pace setters on the highways back in the early 1950s.
They were basic work machines with 6-cylinder engines, stump-pulling gears and manual everything.
They could get to town at a leisurely pace but these old trucks sure didn’t win any drag races when they got there…unless the drag race involved hauling a prize bull to the auction and the other guy drove a Corvette.
This MSCC Star of the Day Chevy truck was on the highway earlier this summer and it was in front of a Camaro.
It had to be after the bull was dropped off at the auction.
MSCC SEPT 9 STAR OF THE DAY: STOCK 1927 CHEVY IN TRAFFIC – DRIVING ON THE EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Today’s cars are marvels of technology because you can drive a 500 horsepower car that has civilized manners in traffic and it handles like it’s on railway tracks.
The same car is more comfortable than a ’47 Lincoln, it’ll stop faster than the 1975 Indy 500 winner and it gets 23 miles per gallon.
This MSCC Star of the Day 1927 Chevy in traffic a few weeks ago is none of the above.
That’s called driving on the edge of technology.
MSCC SEPT 8 STAR OF THE DAY: 1948 DODGE COUPE – A REFLECTION OF A NEWFOUND OPTIMISM
1948 was a transition year at Detroit because people began to shed the pre-war attitude.
Designs that had been put on hold because of the war began to emerge in the late 1940s.
Cars began to get lower and wider with modified rooflines thanks to a post-war penchant for things that were newer and different.
People started to buy into the idea that optimism hadn’t disappeared after a Great Depression and World War II and the cars and trucks reflected this philosophy.
This MSCC Star of the Day 1948 Dodge at a show last week is a great example of the last of the conventional look in late 40s Detroit.
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