Murilee Martin

Junkyard Treasure: 1953 Packard Clipper Touring Sedan – Murilee Martin @Autoweek

The Clipper was the lowest-priced Packard of 1953, though the Deluxe Touring Sedan still cost $2,735 (about $26,500 today). Meanwhile, a new Ford Mainline Fordor sedan with flathead V8 went for just $1,766, and a Dodge Coronet sedan with Hemi V8 cost $2,220…. Read More ›

1966: INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER MAKES LUXURY PICKUPS – Murilee Martin @Autoweek

Some suspension of disbelief required. In the middle 1960s, North Americans weren’t limited to just Chrysler, Ford and GM when shopping for a new Midwest-built pickup truck — they could buy a Gladiator from Kaiser-Jeep or a C-Series made by International Harvester as well…. Read More ›

1972: J.C. WHITNEY OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE SELECTION OF PENNY-PINCHER HUBCAPS – Murilee Martin @AutoWeek

Want GTO or Mustang “wheels” for cheap? Magnificent mags? J.C. Whitney had you covered in 1972. Chicago’s J.C. Whitney has been around for 104 years now, though most of its business today happens online. Back in the printed-catalog era, the J.C. Whitney… Read More ›

JUNKYARD TREASURE: 1977 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SUPREME COUPE – Murilee Martin @Autoweek

One of the biggest-selling motor vehicles of late-1970s America, now used up. The 1973-1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and particularly the sporty-yet-affordable Cutlass Supreme, proved perfectly suited to the automotive needs of a gigantic swath of North American car shoppers during the dark days of the… Read More ›

What was the final year for a new flathead-powered American car? – Murilee Martin @Autoweek

We’ll count the Simca Vedette as American, since it had a flathead Ford V8. After I wrote about the 1960 Rambler Cross Country Junkyard Treasure, with its flathead engine, the question came up in my circle of obsessive car-trivia crazies: what was the… Read More ›

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