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Old 10-20-2011, 05:29 PM   #21
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You fail to mention REAL MEN Ran General motors in that era . By 1970, G M began using way too many committees , useless and redundant data and knuckled under government pressure . Today, we have Obummer motas . scrubba


"Car Guys vs. Bean Counters" (Bob Lutz) is a must read for all gearheads.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:31 PM   #22
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Jive-Bomber Jay - Cool post!

... and just 'cuz a Blog/thread can never have too many pics:

Why did I think of a Karmann-Ghia when I saw those pics, maybe I need to balance my meds better.........
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:37 PM   #23
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If it wasn't for GM, Chrysler, and Ford we might all be speaking German or Japanese in addition to driving their cars.
I disagree, the military veterans are the ones to thank so you need not speak German or Japanese.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:09 PM   #24
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Always loved the Olds, my first new car was an Olds 442.

Hoping to use an Olds powerplant in my coupe.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:49 PM   #25
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In the 1950s, nobody created new concept cars like General Motors. They flat out ruled the roost when it came to producing opulent, over-the-top prototype dream cars- And they actually designed separate, one-off creations for their multiple divisions...
Jay, any idea of how many of these fabulous '5o's GM concepts have survived?
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:51 PM   #26
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:19 PM   #27
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I for one am glad and grateful that GM and Chrysler are still with us and not just a memory like Packard or Studebaker or so many other fine cars from the past. If some had had their way there would be no new Corvettes, Camaros or Challengers. I don't like politics on the HAMB but I just got an opportunity to visit the GM Tech Center and I had to say something. It could have been sold off in bankruptcy. To me, these companies are veterans. If it wasn't for GM, Chrysler, and Ford we might all be speaking German or Japanese in addition to driving their cars.
I also as a retiree, am grateful and thank you for that support.

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Agreed!

On the above subject, Had the support of GM / Chrysler not been there it's not likely any auto making in the US would have survived, domestic and import alike.

Oldsmobile put out a book for their 75th anniversary that has many concept vehicles in it and one that I really like was the 1955 Delta.
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=9635
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http://www.autoweteran.gower.pl/conc...e_Delta_88.jpg
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:03 AM   #28
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The Golden Rocket was designed by Art Ross, who ran Oldsmobile styling in the 1950s. He also did the F-88 show car. A while back I interviewed Ross' son, who told me that as a 14 year old with a learner's permit, he got to drive his date to a middle school dance in the F-88.

http://www.theartofartross.com/index2.htm

Art also did pinups

http://www.theartofartross.com/gallery9.htm

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Old 10-21-2011, 10:15 AM   #29
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Sounds like that would explain this picture.
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