The period between 1959 and 1961 saw Ford manufacture full-size cars in an attempt to remain relevant in a market that was deep into Space Race. It carefully drafted and named the cars Galaxie, the name it reserved for its top models specifically manufactured 1959 and 1961. Every car manufactured that period had the “Galaxie 500” badge.
While Galaxie 500 XL badge denoted higher series cars, Galaxie 500 LTD denoted the opposite. Things however changed when the “500” part was dropped from both the XL and LTD, resulting in what became to be known as the regular Ford 500, a mid level full-size car whose manufacture began in 1965 and ended in 1974.
Ford Galaxie 500 was specifically designed and manufactured to improve on Ford’s mid-season sales. To achieve this, it made available varied types of Ford Galaxie 500 including hardtop two-door sedan, hardtop four-door sedan and the Sunliner convertible. To enhance sales prospects, Ford also released a couple of sporty cars that featured bucket seats such as the Fairlane 500 Sporty Coupe and Falcon Futura.
A common characteristic with all Ford Galaxie 500 cars was there overweight when compared to other full-size competitor cars. This was mainly due to the fact that the body was of aluminum in addition to large-displacement engines. Noting this, Ford embarked on producing lightweight Galaxies that featured a body made of fiberglass. This cut down on the weight by a big margin with the two-door sedan weighing below 1,587 kg.
Although the Galaxie 500 series did not generally sell as previously expected, the 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 (regular) model became very popular. The distinctive new grill and trim with Gold and chrome plated fender made the car one of the most luxurious cars then. It also took the honors of being the most stylish cars in 1962.
A number of Ford Galaxie 500 cars are still available, having been restored. This includes the 1962 Galaxie 500 Sunliner convertible, one of the popular Galaxie series cars that became a hit. Although restored, the cars still exhibit the same features and characteristics of the original car, a fact that make them the most classic cars one can still find today.
The Cadillac Eldorado model is one of the longest running cars one can still find today. Manufactured by General Motors from way back in 1953, the Eldorado model became a top American personal luxury car and although it faced serious competition from such cars as Oldsmobile Toronado, Lincoln Mark and Buick Riviera, it stood its ground.
Unlike with the previous Eldorado models, the 1977 Cadillac Eldorado title features a new grille in addition to a fine crosshatch. Although it borrows a little from the 1976 convertible model, it is a Coupe model that recorded one of the highest sales as a single-year model car. It features the traditional Biarritz trim that has always appealed to Eldorado buyers.
Manufactured in the year when Cadillac was celebrating its 75th Anniversary, the 1977 Cadillac Eldorado title went through an elaborate redesign, restyling and reconfiguration to meet the growing demand of a unique car then. It was particularly reconfigured to meet the growing demand for a small and fuel-efficient car with the same internal look as Cadillac convertible.
The redesigning process yielded the 1977 Cadillac model that is about 12 inches shorter than the convertible with the body being 3.5 inches narrower. The reduction in the car’s width did not compromise on the car’s interior room, amenities and luxury that Eldorados had come to be known for. As the 1977 Cadillac Eldorado title was riding high in terms of sales and popularity, GM was secretly working on a surprise; production of a smaller Eldorado that was unveiled in 1979.
The reference in 1978 by Cadillac that the 1977 Cadillac Eldorado title was a legend immediately alerted consumers of the imminent departure of a car that had proved itself as a dependable luxury personal car. Its 425 cubic inch V-8 engine made the car powerful enough to meet the needs of most car owners. Unlike with other immediate past models, the 1977 model features a catalytic converter that is very helpful in cleaning up engine emissions, in effect enhancing engine performance.
A 1977 Cadillac Eldorado title properly cared for will still exhibit the unique characteristics it did then. The soft white leather should still make the car one of the most classic luxurious cars available. The good thing is that most of the car’s mechanical parts are still readily available as the same are shared with other models.
Manufactured by Chevrolet, a General Motor’s Division from 1964 through to 1977, Chevelle established itself as one of the most successful cars not only in America but in other parts of the world as well. The Chevelle was available in varied body styles including station wagon, sedan, convertible and coupe. The production of the Super Sport version began in 1973, alongside the Laguna whose production extended to 1976. The Malibu had also been introduced in 1970. The 1970s also saw the introduction of El Camino, which had been off the market for three years.
1970 was a remarkable year for Chevrolet. The 1970 Chevelle was redesigned to have a squared stance and was available in sport coupe, convertible, sport sedan, wagon, El Camino and four door sedan body styles. These were available with varied features including stalk-mounted wiper control and power door lock. Consumers had varied options in terms of engine; 155 horsepower six-cylinder, 200 horsepower 307 cubic inch V8, 350 V8 and 330 horsepower 400 engines.
Car buyers had two options when it came to the convertibles and couples; the SS option or 454 cubic inch V-8 engines. Majority of the cars had the SS option. An SS 396 1970 Chevelle included a 350-horsepower Turbo-Jet V-8, black-accented grille, wide oval tires mounted on sport wheels, special suspension and power-dome hood. Consumers also had the choice of buying the upgraded 375-horsepower, although they were few in number and the there was no big difference in price compared to the Chevelle SS 454.
Reputed to be Chevrolet’s ultimate car, the SS 454 cubic inch V-8 car offered 360 horsepower with high compression LS-guise. This literally made it the fastest muscular car ever built. This did not mean that the 1970 Chevelle was not fast. Like the ultimate car, it was muscularly built, powerful and fast on the road. Most consumers who could not afford the ultimate car actually settled for it. Due to its high performance and good handling, the 1970 Chevelle has gained a lot of favor from car collectors. It is one of the most popular classic cars today.
Unveiled at the 2009 IAA, Mercedes SLS is a luxurious tourer car produced to replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR MCLaren. Its actual sale was in 2010 in Europe and in the US in 2011. It is one of a few luxurious cars that are affordable and whose production is still on course. It has a both 2-door coupe and 2-door roadster convertible body styles.
A rear-wheel drive, the car has a 6.2 Liter V8 engine and a 7-speed dual clutch semi-automatic transmission system. With a wheel base of 1.5.5 inches, the car measures 182.6 inches and 76.3 inches in length and width respectively. While the coupe stands at 49.3 inches, the roadster stands at 49.7 inches in height.
The cars design started in 2007 with the bonnet designed to be long with the passenger compartment close to the rear axle. The rear part of the Mercedes SLS is however short. In order to keep the car light, the doors are designed to be closed manually. They are however designed to automatically detach in case of a roll-over. Because of its light weight, most consumers consider the Mercedes SLS a sporty rather than a luxury car. Six different versions of the car are available.
Unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 is a racing version that initially competed in national GT3 championships before it was allowed to race in FIA GT3 championships in 2011.
Nicknamed the “Blackbird”, the Mercedes SLS AMG was unveiled by the Australian subsidiary and was specifically made for the 2010 Australian International Motor Show.
Although it has already been presented at the Paris Motor Show this year, the official release of the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive is planned for June 2013. The car features four electric motors with each wheel having its own. This is with a combination of 740 horsepower and a liquid cooled 400 V lithium-ion battery. This gives the car its ability to attain the speed of 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
The Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster was unveiled in 2011. Although it retains all the specifications of the couple, it is a convertible with conventional doors and electrically folding fabric top. It is reputed to be one of the best cars throughout the world.
When it comes to power, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT is the most powerful in its class. Unveiled in June this year (2012), it is available as coupe or roadster. It draws its power from the upgraded AMG Speed Shift DCT gearbox. With AMG Ride Control and exclusive stylish leather on sporty seats, it is one of the most luxurious yet sporty cars available
The Lexus LFA is a two-seater supercar manufactured by Lexus. It is Lexus’ second model in its F-marquee line of high performance cars that are predecessors to the IS F line of performance vehicles. The super car was first introduced during the North American International Auto Show in 2005. A second model was introduced in 2007 with a third model, a roadster unveiled in 2009 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
With a planned production of 20 cars in a month, Lexus planned to produce only 500 units of the Lexus LFA. The car is available in 2-door coupe and 2-door roadster body styles. With a wheelbase of 102.6 inches, the car measures 177.4 inches and 74.6 inches in length and width respectively. Standing at a height of 48 inches, the car weighs between 1,480 kg and 1,580 kg.
The car uses a 72-degree bank angle 4.8 Liter V10 engine that delivers 560 horsepower at 8,700 rpm with a maximum torque of 480 N-m. Although the engine is set to redline at 9,000 rpm, the actual fuel cut off is set at 9,500 rpm. The engine is constructed using forged aluminum and titanium pistons and rods respectively. The setting of the engine’s angle at 72-degrees instead of the traditional angle of 90-degrees gives the engine pistons the ability to fire uniformly, which has greatly improved the car’s engine efficiency.
The car is fitted with a 6-speed automated sequential gearbox that gives a driver several options; wet, sport, auto and normal. Like in other Lexus vehicles, Lexus LFA has smooth transition on its gears. The car also has an offset gear mounted on the crank, the first of its kind. This sends power to the transmission via a torque tube.
The car’s interior is unique in its own way. Carbon fiber, leather and metallic surfaces have been used in designing its interior. Apart from bucket seats, Lexus’ Remote Touch controller interface is also available. It also features a TFT display that shows digits in different modes; small digits in automatic, large and bold digits in normal, inverted colors/stark digits in sport modes.