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Nov 18, 2010 2:59PM
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They just dont make cars like they used to, with real style! When you drove one of those older cars its was a different experience than todays vehicles, you were driving a piece of art almost. Not like the cookie cutter crap they make today. And it felt like you had a machine under you, a real horse. Not a tin can or a sewing machine.

 

No way ill ever buy a new car. I would rather take a bus. And I do.

Nov 12, 2010 6:41AM
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I too enjoy the series Mad Men, but the pricing you give on the cars you describe are not really accurate. No one back in the late 50's or early sixties paid anywhere near the prices you quoted. As for being gas guzzlers, well that isn't exactly true either. My 1967 Buick Electra Convertible recently traveled across 5 southwestern states and even with it's 430 cu in V8 that has 360 hp. I got a respectable 19 mpg. Plus I can enjoy the huge front seat and having my wife sit next to me, rather than todays  intrusive huge center consoles. The back seat's also the size of a comfortable full size couch. The trunk, can fit all our luggage and extras with lots of room to spare. These were the type of cars people used to tow 30' airstream trailers all across this country and with the top down and in total comfort. How unlike today.
Nov 18, 2010 3:32PM
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I enjoyed the cars in the article, I've even seen a bit of the show, until I expelled the grossly overpriced Comcast cable from my life.

 

I could do without the snarky, anti-American remarks from the little twit who wrote the article. Being over 55, I enjoyed driving many cars both identical and similar to the ones in the article. I have little use for the foreign brands he was pushing, nor the ugly things their money does to corrupt Southern Republicans into destroying the very factories that helped save our freedom in the 1940's. Hitler and Tojo couldn't be happier in their graves seeing the human pain and suffering this axis of economic evil thrust at the heroes of Detroit. Thank a vet who had Detroit Iron in their hands.

Nov 18, 2010 2:08PM
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What, no mention of the black Lincoln Continental Betty inherits from her dad?  It was one of the best looking cars of the 1960s.

Nov 18, 2010 2:50PM
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The '36 Ford did not share any parts with a LaSalle, which was a GM product and a "companion car" to Cadillac (built as a more expensive Buick in body styling and features).  The Ford engine and transmission could have been swapped out with a Mercury drivetrain with very little modifications, but Cadillac/LaSalle engines wouldn't have fit until 1949, as many hotrodders swapped the brand-new small block engine  and taken the Ford flathead out of their '48 cars.
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Nice article, I love "Mad Men" however the "1934" Ford shown is actually a 1936 Ford two door sedan. This is easy to tell as the grilles of the two models are totally different.  "The three-time Emmy Award-winning series is famously fastidious about period accuracy in wardrobe, sets and especially its cars." Right? 
Nov 18, 2010 6:57PM
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Modern Marvels Gone Wrong!!! Technology on nitrous. That's not to say i don't like the cars of today it's just not the same feel of the classic car. I would like to see an old 1950 or 1960 vehicle bumper down the road after an accident? I don't think so. You had a real steel Automobile with quality and pride built in.
Nov 18, 2010 8:59PM
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Where does this article go wrong, let me count the ways.........1) Buick and Chrysler never had retractable hardtops. 2) The 1934 Ford pictured is actually a 1936. 3) Ford TT truck produced from 1817-1927 ??? 4) What is a Ford LaSalle transmission and a Buick Banjo rear ???

 

I don't try to write about economics because I don't know about economics. Don't write about autos if YOU don't know what you're talking about.

Nov 18, 2010 3:55PM
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Point of information ,in the day many state trooper cars along with local police cars were two door sedans.
Nov 12, 2010 1:49PM
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The Checker shown is a late '70's'/early '80's edition. As far as modern equivalents,the Crown Victoria IS the status quo in taxis,the Ranger is more of a decendent of the TT than any 'Yota, the Flex is much closer to a Country Squire  or Colony Park than any SUV.
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