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Pontiac Firebird: The Screaming Chicken, Smokey And The Bandit

Anyone who is a car buff, and anyone who loved Burt Reynolds or has watched the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” will remember The Car. A 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird, complete with the ‘screaming chicken’ decal. But there’s more to the Pontiac than just the movie. It had history going back to the fifties, although the iconic decal has only been around since the 70’s. History Firebird-Style The name ‘Firebird was given to early GM prototypes from 1953, 1956 and 1959, which were displayed at Motorama auto shows. The designer, Harley Earl, was inspired by the innovations in jet fighter designs at the time. But the Firebird did not come into its own until 1967. Even then it had stiff competition. The Firebird was Pontiac’s pony car answer to the Ford Mustang, but it also came out at the same time Chevrolet brought out the Camaro, and Ford introduced … Read More

Meet The Rarest Corvette In Existence: The 1969 Corvette ZL-1

1969 Chevrolet Corvettes The Chevy Corvette is one of the most iconic and recognized American sports cars around. In its long history, it has gone through several major iterations, and has devoted fans for each generation. Here, we explore the history of the rarest of all the Corvettes, the ’69 Corvette ZL-1. Base Model Corvettes And The L88 There were several changes made to the Corvette line at the end of the decade. In fact, 1969 marked the year that the Chevy small block engine increased in size from 327 cubic inches to 350 (5.7 liters) and, although tires remained the same from previous base models, all new cars at this point featured 8-inch wide wheels. Additionally, positraction differentials were an option in the Corvette at this time, with nearly all cars receiving it from the factory. The L88, however, was a different beast, coming equipped with a 427 cubic-inch … Read More

Herbie The Love Bug – A Chronology of Car Culture

If you remember the original 1968 (it wasn’t released until March 1969) movie, The Love Bug, you probably also remember all those Bugs or Beetles on the highways and byways of America. The VW Beetle was ubiquitous from the late 60’s to the mid 70’s, and no wonder: Over 21,000,000 Beetles were produced – and driven – worldwide! The VW (Volkswagen) Beetle name comes from the nickname Germans gave the little car. Because of its rounded shape, they started calling it ‘Der Kaefer’, the beetle, in the early 50’s. This was the shortened name, from ‘Der Brezelkaefer’, the pretzel beetle, which had a split rear window that mimicked a pretzel. The car officially got the ‘Beetle’ name in 1968, just before the release of the first Herbie movie. Herbie The Love Bug Movies Herbie is a self-aware, anthropomorphic car with attitude and an ability to drive himself. He helps his … Read More