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(Jalopnik)   Crappy examples of the greatest dead American car brands from the 50's   (jalopnik.com ) divider line 62
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2013-04-21 12:35:38 PM  
Studebaker with much cleaner lines than the example with the garish fins

www.mywvhome.com
 
2013-04-21 05:39:03 PM  
I have a Kaiser Jeepster Commando. It's pretty cool, I wouldn't call it a fail, it does need some work though, and I need to drive it more often.
 
2013-04-21 05:40:14 PM  
I hate that they have started putting annotation all over the images. Disrupts from the actual picture.
 
2013-04-21 05:51:46 PM  

phlegmmo: Studebaker with much cleaner lines than the example with the garish fins

[studebaker.jpg]


My dad had a Studebaker Starliner when I was a kid. I used to play in it, pretending it was a spaceship. I still think they're a beautiful design.
 
2013-04-21 06:27:40 PM  
i34.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-21 07:03:07 PM  
What's crappy about them?

The shame of it is that they were simply outmuscled by the Big Three. That's how business works, but it severely stifled innovation, which lead directly to the Big Three getting their lunch eaten by the foreign makes, putting out untested crap, and ultimately the financial collapse a few years ago.

If some of them had survived the car marketplace would be a much better place today.

I'll take an Avanti, Hornet, or Lark anytime.
 
2013-04-21 07:11:52 PM  
My dad had a 1954 Hudson. That would have been a cool first car for me if hadn't sold it 11 years before I was born.
 
2013-04-21 07:35:31 PM  
The Hudson Hornet is a BIG, beautiful hunk of car if you ever get to see one up close and personal.   It's a damn living room on wheels!

The Kaiser Darrin is also a great car.  Article fails to mention that it had sliding doors:

bringatrailer.com
 
2013-04-21 07:49:13 PM  
img.gawkerassets.com
Lets all go somewhere and be white together.
 
2013-04-21 07:55:22 PM  
Considering the times and what each company was trying to do there isn't a 'fail' in the bunch.
 
2013-04-21 08:16:07 PM  
Are you a fan of Hudsons? Has your SO always wanted to visit Amish country? In Shipshewana, IN you can do both. Come on Flea Market day for the full Shipshewana experience.

Hostetler's Hudson Museum
 
2013-04-21 08:21:17 PM  
Came for pictures/story of this, left disappointed:

i457.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-21 08:26:26 PM  
I'm preferential to Duesenberg:

autospotters.com
 
2013-04-21 08:29:28 PM  
Love the link placement.

Americans wanted big things with chrome and engines that had things like eight cylinders


"Fark yeah, Americans weren't pussies, wanting little weenie cars!"

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"Millennials are pussies."
 
2013-04-21 08:43:11 PM  
Jalopnik missing the mark again, check.

Refusing to read yet another article from them, check.

Hudson essentially kick-starting NASCAR, not sure if mentioned, did not read.

One of the first revolutionary cars merging body and frame? Yes.

Fark you, Jalopnik. You crappy Dr. Thunder ripoff of Top Gear.
 
2013-04-21 08:46:09 PM  

spaten: I'm preferential to Duesenberg:

[autospotters.com image 850x637]


Noice. Cord made a pretty sweet vehicle, too.

www.classicautorenderings.com
 
2013-04-21 09:01:54 PM  

Gotfire: [img.gawkerassets.com image 850x478]
Lets all go somewhere and be white together.


1950's White people come across as whiter than present-day White people, at least to me...
 
2013-04-21 09:11:59 PM  
"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat... a Studebaker"
 
2013-04-21 09:15:08 PM  

spaten: I'm preferential to Duesenberg:

[autospotters.com image 850x637]


Now that's a doozy!
 
2013-04-21 09:17:37 PM  

Devolving_Spud: The Kaiser Darrin is also a great car


That one is a beauty. I'd never heard of it before.
 

oldcarandtruckpictures.com
images.classiccars.com
 
2013-04-21 09:25:05 PM  

Gotfire: Lets all go somewhere and be white together.


I didn't choose this pigment, I was born this way!!1!

/LOL
 
2013-04-21 09:29:36 PM  
images.hemmings.com
 
2013-04-21 09:37:49 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [images.hemmings.com image 850x554]


Now, that's something I'd love to 3D print.
 
2013-04-21 09:37:57 PM  
i115.photobucket.com

Apparently not enough people told them that Groucho sent them.....
 
2013-04-21 09:46:02 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Quantum Apostrophe: [images.hemmings.com image 850x554]

Now, that's something I'd love to 3D print.


Go ahead, take the car, I'll take the chick.
 
2013-04-21 10:05:41 PM  
My uncle had a Crosley. They had an optional propeller on the front of the grille.

Crosleys also sucked ass, royally. They deserved to go tits up.
 
2013-04-21 10:13:06 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

How do you forget the Tucker 48?
 
2013-04-21 10:18:40 PM  
TFA actually had a good closing summary, and didn't end with a leading question. Better than 90% of the crappy articles on gawker, but I still felt shorted.
 
2013-04-21 10:19:56 PM  

Snapper Carr: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x533]

How do you forget the Tucker 48?


A one-make marque that produced a total of 50 cars is not exactly a "great" car manufacturer.
 
2013-04-21 10:24:11 PM  

Snapper Carr: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x533]

How do you forget the Tucker 48?


In an article cars of the 1950s? Gee, I can't imagine how they missed that one.
 
2013-04-21 10:28:19 PM  

jaytkay: Snapper Carr: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x533]

How do you forget the Tucker 48?

In an article cars of the 1950s? Gee, I can't imagine how they missed that one.


Didn't catch that. Never mind.
 
2013-04-21 10:30:05 PM  
   All of the independents got hammered by the Ford/GM price war of the early 50s, and Chrysler came within a hairs' breadth of joining them.  Nash, Kaiser, and Hudson were never big enough or could find deep enough pockets to have even a hope of surviving on their own, though all three lived on for another thirty years (in a manner of speaking) as AMC/Jeep.
   Packard SHOULD have survived, but a couple of bad design decisions plus a prehistoric assembly plant combined with the godforsaken Studebaker merger sent them down the tubes.  Packard was actually in decent financial shape at the time of the merger, but they failed to do 'due diligence' on Studie, and discovered that Studie's break-even point was something like twice the number of cars they'd sold in their best year ever - when Studie finally went south it killed Packard.
   And Studebaker....my Gawd, what a nightmare it must have been to be a designer there, coming up with cars like the GT Hawk, the Avanti, the gorgeous Loewy sedans....only to see management make the wrong freaking decisions time after time after time.
 
2013-04-21 10:39:24 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [images.hemmings.com image 850x554]


I miss the future.
 
2013-04-21 11:10:16 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: All of the independents got hammered by the Ford/GM price war of the early 50s, and Chrysler came within a hairs' breadth of joining them.  Nash, Kaiser, and Hudson were never big enough or could find deep enough pockets to have even a hope of surviving on their own, though all three lived on for another thirty years (in a manner of speaking) as AMC/Jeep.
   Packard SHOULD have survived, but a couple of bad design decisions plus a prehistoric assembly plant combined with the godforsaken Studebaker merger sent them down the tubes.  Packard was actually in decent financial shape at the time of the merger, but they failed to do 'due diligence' on Studie, and discovered that Studie's break-even point was something like twice the number of cars they'd sold in their best year ever - when Studie finally went south it killed Packard.
   And Studebaker....my Gawd, what a nightmare it must have been to be a designer there, coming up with cars like the GT Hawk, the Avanti, the gorgeous Loewy sedans....only to see management make the wrong freaking decisions time after time after time.


The most poignant expression I ever heard regarding their design integration was 'throw it over the wall', from Concept to Design to Marketing to Senior Management Suits. Eventually it's the bean-counters (cost engineers) who receive the hurled item and promptly nix it as being either too expensive or unlikely to pay for itself.

Pity.

Seems like all of the great marques had one maniac compulsive genius driving the concept from the outset: Henry J, Enzo Ferrari, the Doozy brothers, Cord, Ettore Bugatti and so on.

As soon as the corporate types appropriated the project it got dumbed down, death-of-a-thousand-cuts doing away with impossible luxuries like independent rear suspension, disc brakes, overhead cams, yadda2. Gentlemen, read your Bibles, where it says "Faint heart never screwed the cook".
 
2013-04-21 11:57:29 PM  
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great!!!!
 
2013-04-22 12:30:18 AM  
It was a fascinating, magical time for American cars. Only families who'd served in Europe had any inkling of how a "small" car could drive and how it could still be useful (or not) to a household.
Everybody else had only two size choices: big and bigger. Fords differed from Cadillacs, Chevrolets from Chryslers, via the interiors, the engine and the options.
A new (albeit virtually option-less) 1956 Buick, for example, could be had for $3,280.
 
2013-04-22 12:51:38 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: It was a fascinating, magical time for American cars. Only families who'd served in Europe had any inkling of how a "small" car could drive and how it could still be useful (or not) to a household.


Not entirely true.  After the war, there was a brief period of mircocars imported to this country.  BMW licensed the Isetta, Messerschmidt had one that looked like a jet fighter, and then there was the Beetle.

The problem coontil VW's ad people cracked it in the 60s) was how to sell a small car to Americans.
 
2013-04-22 02:07:29 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Huck And Molly Ziegler: It was a fascinating, magical time for American cars. Only families who'd served in Europe had any inkling of how a "small" car could drive and how it could still be useful (or not) to a household.

Not entirely true.  After the war, there was a brief period of mircocars imported to this country.  BMW licensed the Isetta, Messerschmidt had one that looked like a jet fighter, and then there was the Beetle.

The problem coontil VW's ad people cracked it in the 60s) was how to sell a small car to Americans.


Interesting. Did not know.
 
2013-04-22 02:08:57 AM  

Joe_diGriz: "Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat... a Studebaker"


*Applause*
 
2013-04-22 02:27:46 AM  
Nash-Kelvinator (1917-1954)

Holy shiat, that looks like a refrigerator.

Kelvinator was primarily a brand of refrigerators and other appliances

Ah, well I guess that explains it, then.
 
2013-04-22 02:31:18 AM  
FTFA: the Hudson Hornet dominated NASCAR in its early days, winning four times from 1951-1954

i don't mean to nitpick, but one win a year isn't exactly domination
 
2013-04-22 02:50:10 AM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: FTFA: the Hudson Hornet dominated NASCAR in its early days, winning four times from 1951-1954

i don't mean to nitpick, but one win a year isn't exactly domination


He;s talking about titles. The cars won 66 of 108 races from 1952 to 1954, winning three (not four) NASCAR championships.
 
2013-04-22 03:45:49 AM  
These cars do look nice, but let's be honest here. Would you want to drive around in a car that was made before auto regulations mandated things like safety glass, seat belts, and crumple zones?


www.widman.biz
/ Once rode in a Corvair, sitting on slick vinyl upholstery and staring at the non-padded all metal dashboard and wondering if it was made that way so you can hose off all the blood after a sudden unexpected stop.
 
2013-04-22 04:05:22 AM  

TV's Vinnie: These cars do look nice, but let's be honest here. Would you want to drive around in a car that was made before auto regulations mandated things like safety glass, seat belts, and crumple zones?



www.widman.biz

I'm not sure that radio is stock
 
2013-04-22 04:07:36 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Would you want to drive around in a car that was made before auto regulations mandated things like safety glass, seat belts, and crumple zones?


Yes.
 
2013-04-22 04:44:40 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Would you want to drive around in a car that was made before auto regulations mandated things like safety glass, seat belts, and crumple zones?


Used to jump around on the back seat unbelted, up front if allowed....and we liked it!
Smacked my head on the dash and radio knobs in my mom's 61 Impala a few times.
/they weren't padded.
 
2013-04-22 05:10:36 AM  
I'd blow an unwashed 500 lb untreated schizophrenic hobo sexually ambiguous prostitute for a chance to drive that Studebaker for a while.
 
2013-04-22 05:42:47 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [images.hemmings.com image 850x554]



Ohh look it's the moron again.  The same person who accused me of being upset that I couldn't fly to Mars, whilst ignoring the simple fact that humans can't fly under the own power and require machines to do it.  Let alone problems with shoving an air breathing organism in anenvironment that... has no air.

Come amuse me again with your total lack of knowledge about your own species.
 
2013-04-22 06:27:35 AM  

spaten: I'm preferential to Duesenberg:

[autospotters.com image 850x637]


That is one of the most beautiful pictures ever. Even the tires are gorgeous.
 
2013-04-22 07:04:05 AM  

coaster_bud: Are you a fan of Hudsons? Has your SO always wanted to visit Amish country? In Shipshewana, IN you can do both. Come on Flea Market day for the full Shipshewana experience.

Hostetler's Hudson Museum


There is still a Hudson dealership/parts supply/museum at the corner of E Cross and River St in Ypsilanti, MI.
 
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