Author Archives: Byron Olsen

Motor City Milestones: The Ford Crown Victoria

One of the longest-lasting car designs of all time. More »

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Rare Ragtops

Kaiser/Frazers are among the scarcest of an unusual breed: four-door convertibles.
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Roadmaster hit a road block in ’90s

GM’s gamble with the station wagon didn’t pay off in the 1990s with the rising popularity of SUVs and minivans.

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Loveable Loser: The unforgetable AMC Pacer

Back in the early ’70s, AMC spent millions of dollars conjuring of up a new compact car. What came of this effort was the much-maligned and impossible-to-forget Pacer — a poster child for ugly cars that failed. More »

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1955-56: The last true Packards

On April 9, 1956, the Packard Executive was introduced. The Executive was a Clipper Custom with Packard front fenders and grille. It also bore the Packard name in the that perhaps that is what buyers valued after all. It was all to no avail. Drowning in a sea of red ink, Detroit production of Packards and Clippers ceased Aug. 15, 1956. This was the end of the true Packards.  More »

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