The YouTube channel Classic Car Rescue takes viewers through a curious collection of classic cars in a recent video. The gathering of unusual vehicles is housed in a multi-story Indiana warehouse complete with a car-sized elevator. In the beginning, it’s clear to see that the assembly of autos has a Hudson Motors and AMC focus, but then the occasional Saab, Aston Martin, or Pontiac Trans Am pops up. With careful observation and listening skills, the presentation is an interesting journey covering a century of motoring history.
The mid- to late-1970s is arguably the pinnacle of the personal coupe era. The large, two-door hardtop offered the requisite interior space with the sportiness of a coupe body style. Introduced in 1974, the fastback Matador coupe provided an alternative for shoppers considering the offerings from the Big Three like the Ford Torino or Plymouth Sebring.
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The Rambler American (an AMC brand) started life in the 1950s as a basic economy car, consistent with Rambler’s position in the marketplace. But, by the later part of the 1960s, the automotive industry began embracing muscle car and racing car culture. In 1969, AMC produced more than 1,500 examples of the SC/Rambler. This was a highly modified Rambler American that AMC actively promoted for use on the track.
Hudson Motor Car Company would eventually merge with Nash in 1954 to form American Motors Corporation (AMC). Before this link-up, Hudson tried to position itself as a more value-oriented automaker but with highly stylized products. The Commodore (A 1948 limousine version of the Commodore sedan is shown here) was set as Hudson’s top-tier model so features like an elaborate grille and yards of chrome reflect its place in the lineup.
Hudson Model 20
This 1909 Model 20 is the debut vehicle for the Detroit-based automaker. Priced at a then bargain price of $900, the Model 20 (named for its horsepower) was an immediate hit and an early example of “bang for your buck” in the automotive world. Its long wheelbase (100 inches), three-speed transmission, and electric headlights made driving comfortable and easy.
Shortly before Swedish automaker Saab went belly up in 2011, its last gasp was a reworked 9-5 sedan. The car won praise for turning the normally stubby Saab body into a bold and streamlined expression. While the new 9-5 was developed under General Motors’ ownership, Saab was turned over to Spyker in 2010. Spyker has since declared bankruptcy twice since the Saab debacle.
Sources: YouTube, conceptcarz.com, hemmings.com
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