Automobiles

At the start of the 60's cars still had soul and personality. You could determine what brand of car that came by sight of course, but even by the sound of the engine. This is of course because not everybody had a car, but the engines had sound. That sound was different from car brand to car brand. It could even be differences within same brand, regarding the drivers driving style. "Any repair" could be done with chewing gum, patches and wire.

You might say that the best cars and the real "automobiles" was those from the 50's, and I will not argue that. However, that is outside the scope of these pages and thus: Discuss this with sombody else.

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Beauties of the 60's

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1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. I start with a big one. The Cadillac is as far as I see a natural choice. Of course I could start with Buick, Oldsmobile, Chevy, some models from Ford, but the natural choice ended on Cadillac. It is even mentioned in Norwegian folk music "Det står en friar uti garden..." (It stands a suitor in the yard...).
... mother little - hau-hau...

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So, is the Eldorado the beauty of the Cadillacs? Or is it a Chewy, or an Oldsmobile that makes you open the eyes a bit wider? And will anyone be crazy enough to start making such beauties ever again? With tailwings like this?

Probably not, but this might still be a "wet dream" for some of us "oldies" and don't let anybody take this dream away.

At that time it didn't even matter to spend an environmental quota per mile. Nobody talked about CO2 then. And frankly did anybody know anything about it? Or did anybody really care?

In the 1950s and 1960s was Detroit important for growth and innovation in the United States and the city was regarded as a term of the US auto industry (as well as an important source of popular music, which is reflected in the city's two familiar nicknames, The Motor City and Motown ). In the 70s and 80s it became problematic with oil price shocks in 1973 and 1979, as well as Japanese imports cars which gradually began to acquire large market shares.

Cheaper cars for "everybody"

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And what about the Volkswagen - meaning the beetle - the original beetle?
Cheap cars like Volkswagen "Beetle" and Fiat 500 made the car to "common property" in the industrialized world. This had major consequences for people's mobility, and changed life in the cities significantly. Rather than the workers had to stay near the factories and offices, so companies were added where appropriate, and people moved into the new suburbs. Other "small cars" from 1960 was Ford Taunus, Renault Dauphine, Wartburg, Skoda and DKW to name a few. Other car brands you may find elsewhere.

British Leyland

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The MK10 Jaguar, introduced October 1961, might be a symbol of British Leyland.
Leyland Motors was a British manufacturer of automobiles and tractors, which between the 1950s and 1960s grew and included several British car manufacturers like BMC, Triumph and Rover. In 1968 merged Leyland Motor Corporation Limited together with British Motor Holdings (BMH) and formed British Leyland (BL).
Other car brands of British Leyland include MG, Austin, Morris and Wolseley. Despite containing profitable car brands like Jaguar, Rover and Land Rover, and bestselling Mini, British Leyland had a troubled history.




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