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Episode #5: Dodges on Google Maps


May 24, 2020

Photographs from the street view function on Google Maps. These are photos of Dodges caught on camera from the Google Maps Car. More episodes to come.


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My Town
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Original Album Classics
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The History of the Chrysler Cordoba, Rich Corinthian Leather, and Ricardo Montalbán
A garish ode to '70s personal luxury coupes is survived by Ricardo's crooning.



Jun 12, 2020
During the late Seventies, my neighbor's father drove a Chrysler Cordoba. His coupe wore the popular Cadet Blue Metallic paint and a white Landau vinyl roof. It was by far the fanciest set of wheels on my block, and all I could hear in my head when it drove by was actor Ricardo Montalbán's voice from a popular commercial of the day, crowing about how the Cordoba came with "soft Corinthian leather." If the leather was half as soft as his rolling delivery, then oh boy . . .

Montalbán was the company's spokesman and appeared in a number of classic commercials and also starred as one of Star Trek's greatest villains of all time. So, anyway, all the kids in the neighborhood were impressed because the Cordoba on the block had Corinthian leather and thought the family was rich. My neighbor's father worked at the local Anheuser-Busch brewery, and owned an in-ground swimming pool with a diving board, so the pay was obviously good, and the Chrysler was his pride and joy. So, what was this big personal luxury coupe's deal beyond Montalbán?



The not-quite-full-size luxury coupe was built from 1975 to 1983, borrowing the Cordoba name from its original use on a trim on the brutish 1970 Chrysler Newport hardtop. Fast-forward to the Cordoba, part deux, which arrived in the mid-70s to distinguish Chrysler from its staider Dodge Charger SE cousin. The two-door coupe was assembled in Ontario, Canada, and was a much-needed best seller for the marque.

 

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Road Runner sales faded due to the hot new Duster and the Superbird NASCAR models didn't save the icon in time. By '71 the car entered a new generation with a more traditional muscle car look. It got lower compression ratios to account for insurance prices and eventually turned into a more luxury-oriented vehicle and then an options package for the Volare.
Sometimes insurance quotes for luxury cars can be even lower than for regular ones, it depends on specific insurance firm. I could find this page recently ( https://www.americaninsurance.com/luxury-car-insurance ), and after analyzing annual Infiniti Q50 insurance pricing, I was pretty impressed, how prices differ in different agencies.
 

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Jeep Patriot - History, Major Flaws, & Why It Got Cancelled! (2007-2017)


Sep 17, 2020

In this video we are looking at the Jeep Patriot! Many people agreed it had terrific value, with the base price starting around $15,000, along with bold Jeep styling and good 4x4 capabilities. Sales were always strong right until the end, but the Patriot quickly became outdated, while the other SUVs in the Jeep family drew more attention. Overall, 6 major flaws and reasons that I felt caused this car to be cancelled. Watch along for a full history of the Patriot, from concept in 2005 to its cancellation in 2017!
 

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Watch These Old Dodge Charger Commercials

Jan 15, 2021


Take a walk back in time.
There’s no doubt the Dodge Charger is one of the most beloved classic muscle cars. Say whatever you want about the current Chargers with their four doors and such, the original cars were iconic and have become even more iconic with time. For those who were around when the Charger launched back in 1966, the video compilation of commercials will be a walk down memory lane. However, for those who are younger, these old commercials give a glimpse of how the classic Mopar was marketed to prospective buyers back in the day.



Today, most people associate the Dodge Charger with The Dukes of Hazzard, but the reality is it was a reaction to the unexpected success of the Ford Mustang. Sure, Chrysler beat the Blue Oval to the pony car market by launching the Plymouth Barracuda a few weeks earlier, but Mustang sales were nothing to sneeze at. Rethinking its market approach, Chrysler made some critical changes to appeal to a younger customer base.


That kind of thinking led to the creation of the 1964 Dodge Charger concept, a convertible two-seater which was based off the Polara at the time. That concept was a little too safe, so a second one was created, this time with a fastback design car shoppers craved at the time. As you already know, once the Charger hit the market it was an instant success and has since been portrayed as a genuine performance machine in everything from Bullitt to the first Fast & Furious.




The first commercial in the lineup is a cartoon depicting the Dodge gang all wearing white hats, staring down the lone bad guy in a black hat, who’s supposed to represent other brands. It’s a hokey commercial, especially by today’s standards, but it’s a theme Dodge uses in other commercials in the set. But what’s really interesting is how today Dodge’s marketing has flipped and now has a sinister appeal to it, instead of the white hat approach.



However, other commercials have a different tone as they herald the “Dodge rebellion.” While it doesn’t have the sinister edge we see on full display often today, you can see the early seeds of today’s marketing.
Check out the videos for yourself.


 

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Goodbye, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Here's How We'll Remember You
A look back at six years of FCA's Hellcat highs and Lancia lows.

By James Gilboy January 25, 2021


In October of 2014, the post-recession ghost of Chrysler merged with Fiat S.p.A. to form what was then the eighth-largest carmaker in the world. Though diminutive, the newly christened Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) lashed itself to Jeep and Ram to ride the rising tide of trucks and SUVs, and close up to its Detroit rivals Ford and General Motors. This set the 2021 stage for FCA to merge with European conglomerate Groupe PSA and form Stellantis, making it now the world's fourth-largest carmaker.
Though it existed for a brief six years and change, FCA had plenty of time to leave lasting impressions both good and bad. Let's take a look at both, starting with the reasons we'd rather remember it: the vehicles that put smiles on people's faces.






2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe



Hellcats and Pickups and Jeeps, Oh My!
By and large, FCA's flagships improved by leaps and bounds in the ways that matter most to their buyers. While Jeep's Wrangler going hybrid is without a doubt significant, it's not nearly as exciting to customers as the availability of diesel power for the first time in American market history, and the return of the V8 option after 40 years. Better still, these choices seem like no-brainer carryovers to the pickup the Wrangler spawned, the Gladiator, which despite its success still wasn't the high-water mark for FCA-era trucks.

No, that honor belongs to the growing range of Rams, which are bigger, snarlier, more luxurious, and more capable than ever before. And of course, more powerful, with the 702-horsepower TRX grabbing headlines not only for its power output, but its ability to endure Hollywood-worthy jumps. Such airtime wouldn't be possible without the TRX's supercharged, 6.2-liter V8, whose name is one of the most evocative in the auto industry today: Hellcat.






2021 Ram 1500 TRX


This 700-plus-horsepower motor powers an ever-growing range of outrageously fast vehicles, from full-size family haulers like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, to Dodge's muscle car standbys the Charger and Challenger—some of which have eclipsed 800 horsepower. And yet, despite its focus on churning out awe-inspiring toys for grownups like these, FCA proved it hadn't forgotten how to be sensible; its Chrysler Pacifica sets the minivan gold standard to this day.






2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Pinnacle

Falling Pentastars
Sadly, however, the Pacifica is also the last shining star in the Chrysler lineup. Since the end of the 200, the Pacifica's only company has been the aging 300C, the former sensation of a sedan that, while related to the still strong-selling Charger, hasn't received a fraction as much care as of late. Of course, there's only so much reason to invest in the 300C's aging architecture, whose lineage can be traced as far back as the Daimler-Chrysler days.
Chrysler isn't the only (former) FCA brand in dire straits, either. The storied Lancia has been reduced to selling a single rebadged Fiat in its home market of Italy, Maserati is trying yet again to reinvent itself with the MC20 supercar, and while Alfa Romeo has recaptured some of its former glory, it has also earned some of the poorest reliability ratings in the industry.
Even FCA's runaway successes came at a cost. The aforementioned Wrangler is still alleged to be dangerously wobbly, and though profitable, trucks inflated FCA's fleet emissions averages to the point that it needed to buy in emissions credits from Tesla, padding the finances of possibly the most over-valued company since Theranos. And if that weren't enough, the Viper is gone too.




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2020 Peugeot Landtrek

The Stellantis Era
Repercussions of FCA's many hard decisions (and its occasional missteps) will be felt for at least the first few years of its time as Stellantis. These pains, though, will eventually be soothed by brand renaissances and a trickle of new models, such as an anticipated redesign of the Charger and Challenger and former PSA products immigrating from Europe. Though none will arrive as Peugeots as initially planned, there are plenty of cars to excite us for what's to come—join our discussion of them here.






2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye


 

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60 DeSoto Adventurer: “Woulda, coulda, shoulda!



  • Jul 23, 2021

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All in all it was a great highway cruiser. Chrysler’s torsion bar suspension up front made for a smooth ride, and the Torque-Flite automatic transmission was nearly bulletproof.
Power for the lesser Fireflite models was supplied by a 361 cubic-inch, V-8 producing 295 brake horsepower and fed by a two-barrel Carter carburettor. Adventurers came standard with a 383 cubic-inch engine producing 305 horsepower with the same Carter carb. A 383 cubic-inch, four-barrel V-8 was offered for slight extra cost in both DeSoto series. And if that wasn’t enough to satisfy the hot rodder in you, a 330 horsepower, Ram-Induction 383 with not one, but TWO four-barrel carbs and dual exhaust, in the Adventurer series only, for an extra $283.


The "Forward Look", a design credited to famed auto designer, Virgil Exner, was at its peak in 1960 with sweeping fins that began halfway back on the front doors and continued nonstop, all the way to the very back of the car.

Most people living today have often heard the phrase ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’. Within the circle of the collectible car hobby, who hasn’t used that saying – usually followed immediately by the words “sold it” or “let it go.” My 1960 DeSoto Adventurer belongs in that group... one of several ‘collectible automobiles’ I have owned since officially joining the hobby in the mid-‘80s. It was a strong number three example, and a good 20-footer... a car I could be proud to be seen in, but that never brought home a trophy.

My DeSoto had a few good things going for it, however, (and “there’s always a ‘however’ in life”right Bernice?), and the only downer was that it was a four-door sedan – usually the lowest-valued on the totem pole, with convertibles topping it, followed by two-door hardtops, four-door hardtops and such. However, in today’s modern era, four-door sedans are the most common form of automobile found on today’s highways – not counting pickups and SUVs.

The big attraction to the so-called ‘hardtops’ or ‘pillar-less’ coupes and sedans, which came on the scene in the early ‘50s, was the open-air feeling and uninterrupted visual openness, when all windows were lowered and there was only the A pillars and the B pillars (at the very back of the greenhouse). Another big advantage to the ‘hardtops’ was that those windows were often down because automobile a/c was in its infancy in the early- to mid-‘50s. In the early days, some manufacturers affixed window decals to promote their air-conditioned automobiles. Such was the case with my DeSoto which had the original “Air-conditioned by Airtemp” window decal still displayed in the lower right corner of the back window.



By 1969, more than half of all new cars sold were equipped with A/C, but the increasingly popular option wasn’t essentially universal until the 1980s. Today the number of new vehicles sold with A/C is 99 percent.

Over recent years, on rare occasions I have rolled all the windows down, and/or opened my moon roof to relive that long-forgotten open air motoring experience. The feeling only lasted a few minutes, however, before the buffeting wind noise was too much to take and the sound from my Bluetooth music deteriorated drastically... especially the bass notes. Oh yes, and that buffeting wind also messed up my hair!

As the owner of a dozen or so convertibles since my first at age 16, my advice is that, if you have a strong desire for open air motoring, the only way to go is totally topless as I often do in my 2011 Camaro SS.

FIN MAN FACTOID: (This from Wikipedia), The De Soto make was founded by Walter Chrysler on August 4, 1928, to compete with Oldsmobile, Studebaker, Hudson and Willys in the mid-price class. Introduced for the 1929 model year, De Soto served as a lower-priced version of Chrysler products, with Dodge and Plymouth also added to the lower end of Chrysler family in 1928.

The Adventurer was the flagship model line for DeSotos in 1960 with the most standard equipment and the top level of trim inside and out. Mine still had the original cloth and vinyl upholstery in the back seat and after-market upholstery in the front which, at first glance, looked like it matched the original factory seat covering.

All in all it was a great highway cruiser. Chrysler’s torsion bar suspension up front made for a smooth ride, and the Torque-Flite automatic transmission was nearly bulletproof.
Power for the lesser Fireflite models was supplied by a 361 cubic-inch, V-8 producing 295 brake horsepower and fed by a two-barrel Carter carburettor. Adventurers came standard with a 383 cubic-inch engine producing 305 horsepower with the same Carter carb. A 383 cubic-inch, four-barrel V-8 was offered for slight extra cost in both DeSoto series. And if that wasn’t enough to satisfy the hot rodder in you, a 330 horsepower, Ram-Induction 383 with not one, but TWO four-barrel carbs and dual exhaust, in the Adventurer series only, for an extra $283.



 

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Here's Why The AMC Matador Was An Underrated Muscle Car

By Hamed Paydarfar
A look back at the American Motors Corporation’s finest muscle car.

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It is always a treat to walk down memory lane and reminisce all the great works done through the years in the car industry. There is no shortage of spectacular automobiles built in the past. In fact, the developments and progress made by manufacturers were at their apex in the 70s and 80s.


One of those names is the American Motors Corporation. The American manufacturer was known for producing small cars, but they revolutionized their output with the Matador. Initially considered a family car, the Matador went on and captured a much bigger audience than just families. After a couple of years, the Matador became the most significant automobile produced by the AMC. AMC was never as big as companies like Ford or Chrysler, but with muscle cars like the Matador, it could battle head-to-head with those big names.



The Matador Legacy

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The AMC Rebel, which had been on the market since 1967, was superseded by the 1971 Matador (First generation). The AMC Matadors received a makeover and a new title and were offered in two-door hardtop, four-door sedan, and station wagon body styles.


The Matador and the full-size Ambassador models utilized a revised structure. Despite being strongly connected to the preceding Rebel models, AMC started marketing the Matador as something more than a rebranding with a bit of makeover in order to reestablish the series in the hypercompetitive intermediate-car sector among customers.



After periods of intermittent independent success, Renault acquired a major interest in American Motors in 1979, and the company was ultimately acquired by Chrysler.




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The cargo lid chrome stripe and rear-corner chrome embellishments remained unchanged from the 1970 versions. The 1967–1970 Rebel "Weather Eye" fan-heat control system was fresh on the 1971 model, as was the rear bumper with redesigned curved lenses, the interior panel, infotainment system, steering wheel, and armrests.


The Matador was offered with a straight-6 or one of many V8 motors. The Matador's transmission options featured a Borg-Warner "Shift-Command" three-speed automatic, a floor-shifted four-speed manual, and a column-shifted three-speed manual.


The 1972 Matador (First generation-second model year) was pitched as a "family vehicle," and it was available in two-door hardtop, sedan, and station wagon configurations with two or three tiers of seats. Sedans came with standard 3.6-liter l6 engines, while hardtops and wagons featured a 4.2-liter l6 engine as standard.


The 1972 models were identical to the 1971 variants, with the same frontal face but a reduced grille design. The chrome trunk lid strip and rear corner chrome present on 1970 Rebels and 1971 Matadors were removed. The 1972 model received a redesigned tail light lens arrangement, which consisted of nine submerged vertically rectangular optics.


For 1973, the Matador hardtop, sedan, and station wagon body types were available in only one trim with various aesthetic and comfort choices. 1973 Matadors had more powerful front and rear bumpers. The front bumper was equipped with self-restoring telescopic shock stabilizers and more visible vertical rubber shields, while the rear bumper featured vertical black plastic bumper shields that supplanted a pair of identical and formerly optional chrome bumper guards.



Apart from the bumper modifications, the 1973 model was almost identical to the 1972 model, with the exception of revised tail light lens modules and a marginally altered grille layout.



The Second-Generation Matador

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The AMC was facing some problems with its sales due to the change in the industry's focus. Coupes were the popular type among the customers. So, a shift in the design was required, and that was the beginning of the production of the second-generation Matadors.


The updated passenger vehicle standards required the front and rear passenger car bumper to be consistent in height, withstand angle hits, and endure 5 MPH collisions without damage. The large front and rear bumpers placed on energy-absorbing shocks enabled all 1974 Matadors to achieve this standard. They were incorporated into the body of the sedans and station wagons using gap-concealing elastic infill panels.


The four-door sedans and wagons featured a larger total vehicle length and revised front and back design. The redesigned front fascia, which included a hood and grille, had a conspicuous center projection that matched the form of the front bumper.


The sedan's rear was modified, with the license plate moved above the number to the middle of the rear paneling and new, larger rectangular taillights. The taillamps of the station wagon were revised, and the bumper was reinforced with a central rubber face.


A 4.2-liter l6 with 3-speed torque-command auto transmission accompanied the base sedans and wagons. They also came with an optional 5.0-liter V8.


The second generation continued its way in the same way and just featured some trim and accessories developments.






Pop Culture Appearances


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The AMC Matador was a big name back in the 70s and 80s. It was one of the most prominent cars used in Hollywood. From movies like Batman and Terminator to TV series like The Dukes of Hazzard, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P.I, and Adam-12 all the way to numerous music videos by different artists such as Michael Jackson, the AMC Matador was quite the go-to vehicle to use.







Matador In Charge


Despite the fact that the full-sized AMC Ambassador was also available as a police car, the Matador proved to be quite popular. The Los Angeles Police Department was the most frequent user of Matador patrol vehicles, especially from 1972 to 1974. The LAPD picked the Matador after a thorough evaluation of the specialized law enforcement versions supplied by Chevy, Ford, and Chrysler because they "outperformed and exceeded all the other cars."


The LAPD's acquisition of the Matador would end with the 1974 versions. The second-generation longer-nosed retouch and the 5 MPH bumpers increased heaviness, which hampered driving and acceleration. Therefore, the LAPD and AMC parted ways.


The many uses of the Matador accentuate the fact that it was a great muscle car that exceeded expectations and made other rivals crumble upon its power.
 

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650HP Big Block Roadrunner All Motor Old School Muscle Car | Mopar Baby

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