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1st Dealer Drag Super Stocker 1967 AMC Topel Rambler Rebel & Ride on My Car Story with Lou Costabile

Jun 11, 2022 If you enjoy the videos and would like to Sponsor me on Patreon, my Creator link is On "My Car Story" we're in the Suburbs of Minneapolis MN on 6-2-22. We're looking at a 1967 American Motors Rambler Rebel in Red, White & Blue Paint. The car comes with the Dealership build drag race 390 CI engine, and a manual transmission. The car's Owner is Fred Aherns. Fred’s had this car since 2006. Fred shares he traded three cars to get this car. It then needed to be restored, which took 6 years to get this prototype car back to the condition it was in when the Topel Rambler Dealership people were assigned to work on the car. Workers used “Group 19” performance parts to build this Drag Car. This cars best time was recorded at 10.6 in the ¼ mile at Great Lakes Dragway in Union Grove WI.

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Jul 27, 2022 Join our Chief Historian, Leslie Kendall, in talking about one of the most beautiful American coupes of the 50s. One of the numerous experiments of Bertone’s “American adventure” in the 1950’s was the Dodge Storm Z-250, an imposing coupé created for Chrysler, which aimed to give the US market a car with Dodge mechanics and bodywork created by the Italian master craftsmen

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People like the future, but apparently not all at once
The 1934 Chrysler Airflow was ahead of its time, but its state-of-the-art features did not fly with buyers

By Malcolm Gunn Wheelbase Media
Sat., July 30, 2022

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An automaker can build the best car in the world, but if buyers don’t ultimately appreciate it, and want it enough to spend money on it, then it’s all over before it ever began. In 1934, Walter P. Chrysler found that out the hard way — and the expensive way — with the Airflow.
Today, these quaint museum-quality antiques don’t appear particularly exceptional or avant-garde, they just look, well, old. However, compared with other vehicles built during the same era, the Airflow was groundbreaking.
It was Chrysler’s chief designer, Carl Breer, who came up with the idea of reducing wind resistance in automobiles after observing birds and aircraft in flight. The result, he believed, would be a car that would look smarter, go faster and consume less fuel than other vehicles available. Chrysler also hoped that the Airflow would be the kind of breakthrough machine needed to vault his company out of the middle of the pack and into a much stronger sales position.

After consulting with Orville Wright, who, with his brother, Wilbur, had been the first to successfully achieve powered flight, Breer and a small group began secretly testing different shapes in a full-scale wind tunnel that Chrysler had constructed.
One of the revelations garnered in the wind tunnel was that automobiles in the late 1920s and early 1930s were far more aerodynamic when backing up than driving forward. This ultimately led to a smoother front-end design containing a rounded (instead of upright) grille and headlights slotted into the fenders instead of the traditional method of perching them on top. At the rear, full fender skirts and a tapered back end helped reduce drag, adding to the car’s slippery silhouette.
Engineering advancements that went into the Airflow’s development included reversing the weight distribution — traditionally around 45 per cent in the front and 55 per cent in the rear at the time — by shifting part of the engine over the front wheels and moving the rear seat ahead of the rear axle. This adjustment kept the front of the car more firmly planted at highway speeds, significantly improved ride quality and resulted in more spacious seating.
The methods developed to construct the Airflow were also ahead of their time. Traditional body-on-frame construction was abandoned in favour of a space frame upon which the body panels were welded in place. This system didn’t reduce weight, but it made the body significantly more rigid than previous models.
The DeSoto version of the Airflow featured its own grille and single-pod headlamps. Otherwise, it and the Chrysler version were near twins.

All Airflows were originally destined to carry the DeSoto label, but company founder Walter P. not only insisted the Chrysler brand name be used, but that the Airflow be fitted with a more powerful eight-cylinder engine rather than the six-cylinder in the DeSoto version. As well, Chrysler ordered that the cars be sold in a variety of wheelbases and that a line of opulently dressed Chrysler Custom Imperial limousine versions be built. Meanwhile, the mid-priced DeSoto Airflow was offered in one standard wheelbase.

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Plymouth Sedan Delivery Survivor
A 1941 Plymouth P11 sedan delivery has survived the "work life" and has become part of the family.

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alter Percy Chrysler introduced the low-price Plymouth in 1928. By 1930, his Plymouth was sold at Dodge, De Soto and Chrysler dealerships, where it fought the suffocating squeeze of the Great Depression. To help increase sales at Plymouth franchises, a commercial line of Plymouths became available in 1935.

Plymouth experiments with commercial vehicles
Plymouth’s 1935 commercial line consisted of a taxicab, wood-bodied station wagon and modified two-door flatback sedan that could be built as an ambulance or a sedan delivery. On the modified flatback sedan, the rear quarter windows could be filled with removable snap-on blanks, and a door was installed on the back of the body. In 1936, a new sedan delivery of an all-new design was introduced. It had a new elongated body and permanently blanked-out quarters more typical of a dedicated sedan delivery body. The car chassis-based 1936 Plymouth sedan delivery would be a one-year model, as Plymouth moved its delivery model to the truck chassis in 1937 and 1938, whereupon it became a panel delivery.

Even the twin barn doors advertise Hudson Garage.

For 1937 and ’38, Plymouth’s commercial line included the panel delivery, a pickup and a cab-and-chassis, each on Plymouth’s truck chassis. During this time, the taxicab, the utility sedan, the coupe with a pickup box attachment and the four-door ambulance sedan rode on the car chassis. The wood-bodied station wagon was on the truck chassis for 1937, but returned to the Plymouth car chassis in 1938. The sedan delivery returned in 1939, when Plymouth moved its light-duty delivery model back to the car chassis. After 1939, the pickup box attachment was no longer available for the coupe. From 1939 to 1941, the pickup continued, as did the cab-and-chassis truck and the car-based sedan delivery, sedan ambulance, utility sedan and wood-bodied wagon.

The sedan delivery is a product of a bygone age. It was a hybrid or crossover that combined ease of operation and automobile economy with the cargo area and security of a small panel truck. This commercial adaptation of the automobile was ideal for delivering small items and carrying tools. The sedan delivery could also go into neighborhoods that banned trucks on certain roadways.

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A unique survivor
Woody and Sandy Hummer, of Milford, N.J., own a 1941 Plymouth P11 sedan delivery. Few sedan deliveries have survived the toils of business use to become collectable, but the Hummers’ example has weathered the test of time well, and is one of the nicest and most original examples of its kind remaining.

The 1941 Plymouth passenger car was penned under Bob Caldwater, Chrysler Corp.’s styling chief at that time. The 1941 Plymouth design was actually a mild facelift of Plymouth’s more significant redesign for 1940. Both the 1940 and ’41 Plymouths had “fat fenders,” fastback styling, exposed running boards, a ship-prowl front end, a hood towering over the front fenders and a split windshield. An obligatory grille revision took place for 1941 that was sometimes referred to as a “chrome-plated bib.”

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Passenger seat was optional. There is little crawl space between seats, which do not adjust.
The Hummers’ 1941 sedan delivery cuts a similar profile to Plymouth’s wood-bodied station wagon of the same model year, but instead has an all-steel body and lacks rear side windows. The sedan delivery’s back doors are of the side-by-side “barn door” type and incorporate windows and a single taillamp, mounted to the left rear door. For safety, two additional taillamps have since been added to the top of the rear bumper of the Hummers’ vehicle and also serve as directional signals.

The instrument cluster has the passenger car gauges with Plymouth’s “Safety Speedometer.”

“The speedometer changes color when you go different speeds,” Woody remarked. It is similar to those found on 1959 Oldsmobile and 1959 Dodge models. On the ’41 Plymouth speedometer, colors change in increments of green up to 39 mph, then turn amber to 50 mph and change to red at faster speeds."
Jutting out from the floor are large, round clutch and brake pedals. The rear cargo compartment walls and headliner are covered in vinyl. The separate front seats are stationary and slightly convex, with a tight walkway between them for access to the rear compartment.

Tools that originally came with the Plymouth; pictured at bottom right is the device to remove a tire from a Plymouth safety rim.

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Woody was a carpenter for 50 years, and stumbled upon this ’41 Plymouth sedan delivery when a customer in Flemington, N.J., opened the door to his garage more than 40 years ago. It was almost the vehicle he had been looking for.

“For years, I had been looking for a sedan delivery, preferably a 1937 — (the) year I was born — but never saw one,” Woody recalled. “When I saw it in the garage, I didn’t care what year, condition or price — I wanted that car. When he decided to sell me the car, I was the happiest man on earth.”
The sedan delivery’s working days were long over when Woody found it in Flemington. He learned that it had previously served the Hudson Garage, a Plymouth-De Soto franchise in Bayonne, N.J. After its working days were over, it was relegated to the dealership’s basement. When Hudson County widened the road in front of the Hudson Garage, the old dealership building was torn down, but the sedan delivery was spared a similar fate when it was bought by Woody’s customer in Flemington.
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The Hummers did rebuild the 87-hp engine.
All of the graphics advertising the Hudson Garage on the sedan delivery remain original, so it’s clear to see how the vehicle was truly a four-wheeled business card for the dealership. Even after decades of being in place, the painted graphics still have a great “wow” factor. The sedan delivery’s indented side panels are essentially billboards, still advertising the dealership’s location at 647 Boulevard, which is now home to an apartment building. The telephone exchange painted on the quarter panels begins with “BA,” for Bayonne. Meanwhile, the passenger doors mention the lost brands of De Soto and Plymouth, both of which are as much history as the Hudson Garage itself.

After his purchase of the ’41 Plymouth, Woody improved its cosmetics by replacing the running boards, repairing the left rear fender and reupholstering the seats. It otherwise appears how it did when it last served the Hudson Garage.

A three-on-the-tree manual transmission backs the flathead six-cylinder that develops 87 hp and 160 lb.-ft. of torque. There is no overdrive, so the light-duty truck only drives at 45 mph before protesting.

“Our biggest trip was to Colorado Springs in July of 1986, to a Walter P. Chrysler meet,” Woody said. “It took us three-and-a-half days, because we could only go 45 miles an hour.”
Woody rows through the gears with its vacuum-assisted gear handle. He only has to touch the shifter and a servo pushes it into the next gear. There are service tools under the cargo bed, by the barn doors, to fix the vacuum-assisted shifter, but Woody has never had to use them.
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Sandy and Woody Hummer proudly stand next to the sedan delivery.
The sedan delivery has been a part of the Hummer family for a long time, and represents memories beyond the vehicle’s value.

“Whenever we go to car shows people just love it,” Sandy says. “[It’s] won many awards, but we just enjoy showing it. We call the car ‘Percy,’ after Walter Chrysler’s middle name. It has been to Colorado, Michigan and every other year at Chryslers at Carlisle under the survivors tent.”


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Here's What Makes The Chrysler 300 Hurst One Of The Most Underrated American Cars

A collaboration between Chrysler and Hurst Performance saw 501 units of the 300 Hurst produced, and it was one of the biggest muscle cars ever made.

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The Chrysler 300 Hurst is one of the most underrated American cars, perhaps because it got designed for young urban professionals (yuppies). But the 300 Hurst was (and is still) loved by gearheads clear-eyed enough to see that the Chrysler 300 H, is no less a capable American muscle car. If anything, it was the largest and roomiest performance muscle car of that era. We kid you not.

Back in the golden age of the '60s and '70s, the rarest muscle cars – by far – were in the full-size category. They include the likes of the ‘61 – ‘69 Chevy Impala SS, Ford’s two-door Galaxie, ‘60s Pontiac Grand Prix, and the two-door Catalina. Those were as big as their names and yet never exceeded 216 inches in length.

Except two, one of which is the 1969 – 1970 Mercury Marauder, measuring 221 inches in length. The other is the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst – by far the biggest muscle car ever made, both then and now – with dimensions measuring 224.7 inches long and 79.1 inches wide and a wheelbase of 124 inches. That's the car you're looking for any time you're searching for the behemoth of muscle cars from the golden age.

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Chrysler is currently a brand of Stellantis North America, making it a member of the Big Three and part of America's largest automotive manufacturer. In today’s market, Chrysler is synonymous with the well-rounded, luxurious 300 sedan series. However, many don’t realize how far back the 300 nameplate stretches – as far back as the 1950s, when the model got stitched together for an entirely different generation.

As the name implies, the Chrysler 300 Hurst is the result of the Chrysler-Hurst Performance collaboration. At that time, Hurst was already an established aftermarket performance parts maker, with aftermarket transmission shifters being its most popular product. It wasn’t the firm’s first time getting into bed with an automaker. A similar joint venture with Oldsmobile brought forth the legendary 1968 Hurst Olds, the first of many such special edition Olds to come.

Such partnerships didn’t end with Chrysler, either, as Hurst Performance Inc. would go on to join forces with automakers like Pontiac and AMC. So, the Chrysler 300 Hurst was never intended for mass production. You'd never have seen one in a dealership with a "For Sale" sticker on its windshield. To have the 300H, you'd visit a Chrysler dealership, fill out the order sheet, and then the weeks-long wait for your order to get delivered begins.

Such partnerships didn’t end with Chrysler, either, as Hurst Performance Inc. would go on to join forces with automakers like Pontiac and AMC. So, the Chrysler 300 Hurst was never intended for mass production. You'd never have seen one in a dealership with a "For Sale" sticker on its windshield. To have the 300H, you'd visit a Chrysler dealership, fill out the order sheet, and then the weeks-long wait for your order to get delivered begins.

Most of the time, the prospective buyer put down a substantial down payment (it had a $4,400 base price) because dealers wouldn’t risk the customer growing cold feet after the hard-to-sell car got shipped. You’d understand better when you consider that a Chrysler-badged muscle car sounds like a Lincoln or Cadillac muscle car. As the gearhead you are, would you have shown it the same respect as the Pontiacs and Chevelles? The 300H was a bold move on the part of Chrysler, and the target market was a very tiny luxury niche.

A Brief History Of Hurst Performance

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Based in Pennsylvania, Hurst Performance specialized in manufacturing and marketing automotive performance parts, especially muscle cars. The company was originally called Hurst-Campbell, founded in 1958 by the duo of George Hurst and Bill Campbell. The two young men set up shop on Glenside Ave. Glenside, Pennsylvania, but later moved to a more spacious property on the corner of Street Road and Jacksonville Road in Warminster, PA.

Hurst Performance probably has Lawrence Greenwald to thank for the company’s successes today, as the elderly man apparently acknowledged the shop’s potential after taking his cars to Hurst’s shop for repairs. Mr. Greenwald had faith enough in Hurst-Campbell to bankroll their venture to produce large aftermarket bumpers for the Volkswagen Type 2 buses. These got very popular with VW owners to the extent that the German automaker began making its own large bumpers for the buses.

It was a blessing in disguise as Hurst branched out into the piston-driven gearshift business as well as other automotive components like wheels, engine mounts, shift knobs, and gearshifts. Hurst has come a long way since then and is now a globally renowned OEM supplier and service provider for numerous automakers, including Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Hurst specialty car models produced in partnership with automakers include the 1969 AMC SC/Rambler, Chrysler 300 Hurst, the 1971 Hurst Jeepster, and several others.

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Pick of the Day: 1959 Imperial Crown

November 15, 2022

From the moment it broke away from Chrysler to become its own brand in 1955, Imperial was a looker, but Virgil Exner truly outdid himself with the 1957. Through three years, the Imperial received typical model year tweaks, with the 1959 being the last before Exner arguably started to take Imperial places that were not congruent with the times. This 1959 Imperial Crown four-door sedan on is a fine example of Exner’s talent, but its light pink color is what pushes it over into Pick of the Day status. It’s for sale by a dealer in Hobart, Indiana. (Click the link to view the listing)

The 1959 Imperial was offered in three models: Custom, Crown and Le Baron. Big news was the replacement for the 392 Hemi, a 413 rated at 350 horsepower that was at the head of the class in terms of power. To boot, the “Wedge” weighed 101 less than the Hemi and less than the competition.
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While the toothy grille is somewhat garish to my eyes, the positioning of the headlights was lowered from the 1957-58, which was a nice tweak that kept it contemporary. Out back, the rear bumper appeared the same but was more of a full-width affair than two pods squeezing a license plate.

Inside, new swivel seats were an option. Otherwise, luxury options were typical for the era, such as power windows and locks, Auto-Pilot cruise control, six-way power front seat automatic [high] beam changer.
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The seller of this 1959 Imperial does not specify which model it is, but by process of elimination we know it’s not a Le Baron because the model featured “Le Baron” badges on the side, plus it had a crown on the rear fender and two rings (instead of one) on the fins. Since the interior is leather, it must be a Crown because leather was not available on the Custom. Seller says, “All-original, in storage for the last 40 years,” with a claimed 42K miles. But, like I said earlier, it’s the Persian Pink color that sets this one off, which is complemented by an Ivory White top. “Perfect chrome and paint!” adds the seller.
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The selling dealer is asking $28,000 for this photogenic Imperial. As the most roadable of the American luxury brands, this Forward Look Mopar has enormous road appeal for both driver and car-spotters.
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