MSCC JANUARY 11 STAR OF THE WEEK: DEMON—DODGE’S DEVILISH ANSWER TO THE DUSTER
The Plymouth Duster was an immediate success thanks to its low retail price and high fun factor.
Dusters were wolves in sheep’s clothing because the 340 versions turned these 1st cousins of the humble Valiant into full-blown street brawlers.
Dodge took note of this and in 1971 the Demon hit the dealerships for two years before religious groups took dead aim at the little Mopar because of its devilish association.
They may have only survived for few years, but this MSCC Star of the Day Dodge Demon at a 2010 show proved why it was a hell of a run.
MSCC JANUARY 10 STAR OF THE DAY: WILLYS JEEP STATION WAGON-BREAKING A TRAIL FOR THE MODERN SUV
The SUV may be the most popular platform on the road today.
It’s a combination of a minivan and a 4×4 and the biggest appeal is that an SUV makes soccer moms cool…in their own minds.
The SUV actually kicked off in 1946 with the introduction of the Willys Jeep Station Wagon because this rugged people hauler was just what the upcoming Baby Boom era needed.
This MSCC Star of the Day Willys Jeep wagon was in traffic back in the spring of 2014—almost 70 years after SUVs were born.
MSCC JANUARY 9 STAR OF THE DAY: ’51 CHEVY RATTIE— A BAREBONES COOL PICKUP
Pickup trucks from the 1950s are some of the most sought after commodities since the life raft shortage on the Titanic.
Rat rods are another hot item in the world of old iron: in fact, they’re hotter than tickets to a Bobby Vinton concert at the Sunset Retirement Home.
That’s why a marriage between a classic 50s truck and a rat rod makes a lot of sense.
This MSCC ’51 Chevy rattie at a September 2014 show is a rolling example of the rat rod-old truck concept.
MSCC JANUARY 8 STAR OF THE DAY: AUSTIN MINI—AN OLDER, WISER SMART CAR
Non-car people in the 21st century actually believe the Smart Car is a brand new concept.
They have absolutely no sense of automotive history because the small car concept has been around since the first driver couldn’t squeeze between a horse drawn milk wagon and two 1905 Franklins.
The Austin Mini was one of the more famous small cars and it actually ranked 2nd behind the Model T as the most influential car of the 20th century.
This MSCC Star of the Day Mini was at a 2010 show where it clearly defined its role as an older, wiser Smart Car.
MSCC JANUARY 7 STAR OF THE DAY: VINTAGE THUNDERBIRD—SUMMER THINGS YOU MISS THE MOST
Summer is officially six months, two weeks away, although the pain of mid-winter makes it seems like six decades.
Cars are in severe hibernation mode in January but that only means the dream of the open road is deferred, not dead.
Summer will inevitably return—even in the places where the Al Gore threat of global warming is offset by the grim reality of winter weather at its most evil level.
This MSCC Star of the Day T-bird on the road last August represents the summer things you miss the most.
MSCC JANUARY 6 STAR OF THE DAY: PONTIAC TRANS AM—STAND OUT IN A CROWD
There are many ways to stand out in a crowd.
You can dye your hair purple, add a couple of nose rings and tattoo every inch of your body but in 2014 those things barely move the shock needle.
We’ve become immune to the Barnum and Bailey circus freak look.
If you really want to stand out in a crowd, drive a car like this MSCC Star of the Day vintage Pontiac Trans Am in everyday traffic.
MSCC JANUARY 5 STAR OF THE DAY: ’69 AMC SC/RAMBLER—A COMPACT AMBUSH MACHINE
Car guys laughed when AMC told people they were going to turn the modest little Rogue into a muscle car.
The laughs turned into nervous chuckles when AMC released pictures and details like the 390 cubic inch, 315 horsepower V-8 under the hood.
The laughing ended abruptly when a few guys met these little ambush machines in battle and lost badly.
This MSCC Star of the Day AMC SC/Rambler was looking for victims back in 2012.
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