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Anyone watch "Cars That Made America"?


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#1 OFFLINE   chefduane

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 11:24 AM

Watched a 4 (maybe 5) hour special last night called "Cars that Made America."  Very interesting historical background on Ford, Chrysler, the Dodge bros, and Sloan at GM.  Presented as a historical accounting and probably pretty true to form but I was a bit skeptical on some aspects.  All in all pretty interesting.  I know most of you all are more in tune with the history of the industry than I and am interested in some opinions from you guys. 


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 11:41 AM

I watched it, saw some minor errors that made me chuckle - the '49 Ford debut and a brief display of advertising where the family could get two cars for more flexibility and the shot pans to a '55-'56 model and the one of Ed Cole taking Al Sloan out for a ride in a GM hotrod powered by a Ford flathead....other than that, it was interesting.


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:01 PM

I did find that kind of funny also, as if you could simply bolt up a flathead into a GM drivetrain.  Also, I found it a little hard to believe that Harry Bennett squared off, guns drawn, with the former FBI guy (can recall his name.)  And Bennett's office looked to be in a parking structure.

 

And IIRC the Edsel was introduced in '59 the same year I was born.  While I understood that it was ill timed for the market, grossly over styled, and overpriced, my perception was that it actually was a pretty solid and well engineered car.  I could be wrong on that as I have no direct experience with the Edsel.


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:52 PM

I got a chuckle out of the references to the GTO and John DeLorian.  Scenes showed the wrong years of cars and of DeLorian street racing a '63 Buick LeSabre 4-door with the Dynaflow transmission which was the ultimate dog of a full-sized car (401 V-8 with one-speed transmission).

 

Obviously this was put together by some Hollywood type and not a true car guy.


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