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This day September 4, 1957 was proclaimed, E -Day by The Ford Motor Company with the introduction of the famous Edsel.  The car was named after Edsel B. Ford, Henry Ford’s son, who died in 1943, before living out his entire life in his over controlling fathers shadow.  The Edsel was produced in many different body styles in 2 door and 4 door, Hard top and covetable and many models like the 1958  Citation, Corsair, Pacer, Ranger, Bermuda, Villager and Roundup.  It’s easy to see Edsel had High expectations for this car with the many models that were introduced in 1958.   By 1959 the Edsel was only produced in the Corsair, Villager and Ranger and by 1960 the Edsel was produced in only two models the Ranger and the Villager.  The Edsel, for the three years it was built 1958 -1960 turned out to be a huge failure as far as sales go.  The failure was mainly due to negative press about the look and the look itself, with its ugly horse collar front grille.  It was unexpected by Ford since they had invested many years of market research.  Their research told them that the public wanted fins, three tone paint and more horsepower, which Edsel delivered but the public just couldn’t get past the look.  That look is what drives the Edsel enthusiasts today and the low numbers of cars produced makes Edsel a valuable Collectors car.

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On this day September 2, 1959 in the first nationwide closed circuit television news conference, Ford Motor Company introduced the Ford Falcon. During the years 1960- 1970 theFalcon was offered in two door hardtops and convertibles also in two and four door sedans, sedan deliveries, station wagons and Rancheros.  The first 1964 ½ Mustang was put together with some parts straight from the Falcon, in fact the Mustang chassis was based on the Falcon chassis.  The Falcon was envisioned as an economy family car, compact but roomy enough to seat six, it offered basic features and was fitted with a 144 cubic inch six cylinder engine with a 3 speed manual or 2 speed automati transmission.  1964-ford-falcon-convertable.jpgThe Falcon was an immediate success and sold over one million cars by 1962, which inspired several new models like the Futura and Sprint.  In 1963 two major improvements were available from the factory, the 260 V-8 engine also the convertible in both Sprint and Futura models. The Sprint came stock with the 260 v-8 engine, bucket seats, and an interior and exterior trim package, you could also order a 4 on the floor straight from the factory.  Ford introduced a new finned body style for 1964 and in 1965 the 289 V8 engine sure didn’t hurt sales.  In 1966 the Falcon grew to a Fairlane size frame and the body design changed again, the Futura now offered a new “sports coupe” model and sales produced 182,669 Falcons that year.  The 1967 Falcon saw sales drop almost in half, even with the addition of a 225 horse 289 v-8 engine.  In 1968 and 1969 the Falcon changed very little but saw sales nearly doubled from the previous year to 131, 419.  The “1970 ½ Falcon” was born as Ford put the Falcon name on the Torino body frame, that would be the final year of production for the Falcon name.  The Falcon has many similarities with the Mustang, although the features, design, and new product development have all made the Falcon very unique over the years.  This uniqueness has only  increased the popularity from Ford enthusiasts and has made the Falcon a very sought after car of history.

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porsche-and-son.jpgI said in a post a few weeks back that the Porsche 356 (bathtub) was always one of my favorite cars, so here is just a bit on the history of that car.  After World War II in 1948 the Porsche Firm moved to Austria and produced farm and industrial motors.   Ferry Porsche, son of Dr. Ing Ferdinand Porsche, designed and fabricated the first #356 car, model 356-001.  It was later raced at the Innsbruck city race, winning in the 1100cc class in its first outing.  In 1950 the factory was relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany and history was made on this day September 1, 1950 when the first Porsche with a Porsche made engine was produced.  After an awesome win at Le Mans with the Porsche 356-002 in 1951, Porsche had proudly put its name in the history books.  The factory would produce nearly 80,000 Porsche 356 type’s till 1965.  The price for a 1952 coupe, $4,200, for a 1954 Super $4,400 and for a 1955 Speedster only $3,500.  Yes, I realize that was a lot of money back then but I sure wish I had then what I have now.  My own personal note is that I did own a 1972 914 (poor man’s Porsche) in my younger days.  Related to Porsche, when I lived in California I owned a VW Baja Bug for the dunes, I think it was a 1974 and also for the street, my favorite car I ever owned was a 1960 VW Beatle, man that was the best car in the world.  Although, you know if you’ve ever owned a VW, it is a love- hate relationship.  I do sometimes miss fixing something on that car every single day, especially the windshield wipers.  Ahh memories!  If you are looking for something a little newer, below from foreground to background: Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, a Porsche 718 RSK F1, Porsche 904, and Porsche 356B Abarth Carrera GTL

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During World War II people as well as companies really did support the troops and the war effort in more than just words.  In fact U.S. automobile manufacturers stopped production of civilian cars in order to produce armaments during the war.  On this day August 30, 1945 the first post war Hudson, a pale green Super Six coupe rolled off the assembly line.  The car above is neither a 1945 or pale green but it is one fine piece of machinery, a 1946 coupe and the Hudson below is a 1937 Custom Eight.

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After 14 years of building the LaSalle in many different body styles, on this day August 26, 1940 General Motors Corporation discontinued the manufacturing of the automobile.  The LaSalle was a make that was started to sell cars at a price range short of the cost of a Cadillac, which was GM’s high end automobile.  The individual automobile makes fit specific price ranges, starting with Chevrolet then Oakland, Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac at the top.  Pontiac would fill the gap between Chevrolet and Oakland while the gap between Oldsmobile and Buick would be filled by Viking on the Olds side with an up market V8 and Buick was assigned the 6 cyl. Marquette.  In the 1920’s the price of Cadillac soared, leaving a gap between it and Buick to be filled by LaSalle.  If you’ve ever watched the show “All in the Family” or even heard the song.  At least for me, there has always been one line that was hard to figure out.  The line “Gee our old LaSalle ran great,” always stumped me as a young man until I learned about the LaSalle.  You can hear that song on the left in the black BOX, enjoy.

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I remember the movie years ago but had no idea of the actual car.  No, the actual car did not fly around or have any other magical powers, except unheard of speed for that time.  The car was actually a number of 6 cylinder English racing cars built on Mercedes chassis from the 1920s.  They were built and raced by Count Louis Zborowski and his engineer Clive Gallop. Although I found no mention of this in any of the articles I read, according to History.com on this day August 23, 1922 the 23 liter car won the first Southsea Speed Carnival in England at 73.1 mph.  The articles have a great deal more information, with pictures and tell of the rich history of these race cars, including speeds a lot faster than the 73.1 mph mentioned above.  I can see by the antics of Zboorowski’s team like a wood stove chimney cap on the top of the exhaust pipe (photo in article) may have inspired Ian Fleming to write the novel that led to the movie and musical.  The name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the movie was said to have come from the noise the car made.  In reality it is thought that it comes from a World War I song about Officers based in France that would get a weekend pass or “chit” that they would use to visit Paris and “enjoy the favors of the ladies”, hence “Chitty Bang Bang.”  Brooklands Society, British Motor Manufacturers, British Motor Manufacturers Higham Special, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang