Collectible Automobile 1992 August 1939-40 Ford 1951-4 Henry J 1970 Monteverdi
Collectible Automobile 1992 August
1939-40 Ford: "New Designs ...New Features ...New Values"
Though Ford was still hyping a dated transverse-leaf chassis in 1939-40, it also had a number of things going for it: hydraulic brakes, a peppy V-8, and timeless styling. But, as Tim Howley explains, that wasn't enough to wrest sales leadership back from Chevrolet.
1955-56 Chrysler: The Great Leap Forward
Chrysler styling in the early Fifties was extremely conservative, and by 1954 it proved a hard sell. But designer Virgil Exner put some pizzazz into the 1955 redesign, says Jeffrey I. Godshall. Overnight the stodgy Chrysler became 'America's Most Smartly Different Car!"
1964-67 Chevelle: The 1955 Chevrolet Re-Invented
Ford was first with an intermediate-size car, the 1962 Fairlane. Chevy responded in 1964 with the Chevelle, and as Tony Hossain asserts, in size and function it was really the 1955 Chevrolet reborn. And in reply to the '64 Pontiac GTO, Chevy trotted out a muscle car of its own; the hot SS 396.
1951-54 Henry J & 1952-53 Allstate: A Modest Idea
During the Forties, Henry J. Kaiser dreamed about building a low-price car for the masses. He got his chance to do just that in 1949, but the result the 1951 Henry J-answered a question that nobody had asked. Richard M. Langworth narrates.
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