Car Love: 3 Iconic Vintage Cars and their Unique Features!

Mar 17, 2019

Are you a car enthusiast like us? If so, we’re sure you’ll understand that vintage cars have a unique sensibility that just can’t be matched by today’s modern motors.
 
In this blog, we’re highlighting three of our favourite vintage cars and their unique features! Continue reading to find out more.

Ford Mustang

(First Generation) Model Years: 1965 – 1973
Origin: USA

You know when someone zooms by in a sweet car and everyone watches it drive away in silent astonishment? Well, they were probably driving a Ford Mustang.

The Mustang was designed by Galde Halderman in 1962 and manufactured by Ford Motors between the years 1964 and 1973. The introduction of the Ford Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the Pony car and was wildly popular due to its signature long hood and short deck styling.
 
Much like owning a pair of Levi’s jeans or a trusty record player, if you really want to be the epitome of cool, you drive a Ford Mustang.

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Mini “Mark 1”

Model Years: 1959 – 1967
Origin: Britain
 

Now we’re going to take a little trip over the Atlantic to a small isle known as Great Britain.

The year is 1957.  Post-war Britain was forced into rationing fuel once again due to the Suez Crisis and rising fuel costs. It didn’t make sense to drive large, gas-guzzling vehicles anymore, so Sir Leonard Lord of the Morris Company issued his top engineer, Alec Issigonis, a challenge. His objective was to design and build a small, affordable, fuel-efficient car that was capable of carrying four adults, and just like that, the Mini Cooper was born!

Produced by the English-based British Motor Corporation, the Mini became an icon of 1960’s pop culture, and everybody wanted one!

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(PHOTO CRED: MINIUSA.COM)
 

1957 Chevrolet

Model Years: 1956 – 1957
Origin: USA

Next, we’ll visit NYC in 1956, the birthplace of the ‘57 Chevy.
 
The ’57 Chevy was designed by Clare R. Mackichan in 1954 and produced by Chevrolet (General Motors) in 1956. One of the most iconic cars in American history, the ‘57 Chevy was dynamic, and was restyled for the coming "jet age."

The 1957 Chevrolet received a full face-lift and technological upgrade from its previous model, the ‘56 Chevy. Can you guess what these advanced upgrades were in 1957? Air conditioning, automatic antennas, and a foot-operated windshield washer! Hands up if you want to bring back the foot-operated windshield washer!

Chevrolet wanted their customers to feel like they were driving something almost supersonic. So the overall design of the ‘57 Chevy was inspired by fighter jets, more specifically the F-86 fighter, with the quarter panels shaped like a tail and the detailed chrome headlamps designed to look like jet engine intakes.


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