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Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:41 AM

Image: 1966 Oldsmobile ToronadoFarewell, Oldsmobile | MILEPOSTS Garage

On this date in 2004, the last vehicle to bear the legendary Oldsmobile name came off the assembly line at the Lansing Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan. The final 500 Oldsmobiles were all cherry red metallic Aleros, and wore "Final 500 Special Edition" badges in recognition of their status.

At the time, Oldsmobile was 106 years old, the oldest car manufacturing brand in America. In memory of the fine automobiles produced by the division over the years, we are including here the 2004 article in MILEPOSTS Garage written to note the event.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:44 AM

Image: 1967 Chevrolet Caprice Custom CoupeTrivia: On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth General Motors (GM) vehicle rolled off the lines at the Janesville Assembly Plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. It was a Nantucket Blue Metallic 1967 Chevrolet Caprice Custom Coupe.

This car was loaded with most of the options available in 1967, including the rare Vigilite Monitoring System, which used fiber optics to alert driver if an exterior bulb was not operating, and a factory stereo tape system that was mounted under the instrument panel at center.

An optional black vinyl top covering was included, and the white accent stripes, standard on Caprice models, provided a distinctive mid-body highlight. Inside, the blue cloth and vinyl interior had the Strato-Back Front Seat with Fold-Down Armrest. This car still exists in original, low mileage condition, and has been in a museum since shortly after it was built. It is currently at the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:32 AM

Image: 1965 Ford Mustang HardtopOn April 17, 1964, Ford debuted its new Mustang at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Henry Ford II presided over the ceremony. That same day, the Mustang also made its appearance in Ford showrooms across America and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately sold. Named for a World War II fighter plane, the Mustang was the first of a type of vehicle that came to be known as a “pony car.” Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs within its first year of production, far exceeding sales expectations.

The Mustang was conceived as a “working man’s Thunderbird,” according to Ford. Ford general manager Lee Iacocca, who became president of the company in October 1964 (and later headed up Chrysler, which he was credited with reviving in the 1980s) was involved in the Mustang’s development and marketing. The car’s launch generated great interest. It was featured on the covers of Newsweek and Time magazines and the night before it went on sale, the Mustang was featured in commercials that ran simultaneously on all three major television networks. One buyer in Texas reportedly slept at a Ford showroom until his check cleared and he could drive his new Mustang home. The same year it debuted, the Mustang appeared on the silver screen in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.” A green 1968 Mustang 390 GT was famously featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt,” in a car chase through the streets of San Francisco. Since then, Mustangs have appeared in hundreds of movies.

Within three years of its debut, some 500 Mustang fan clubs were started. In March 1966, the 1 millionth Mustang rolled off the assembly line, and it's still going strong today.

Monday, April 16, 2012 3:58 PM

Image: 1967 Lincoln Continental SedanFor sale in The Showroom:

1967 Lincoln Continental Sedan
Arctic White with Blue Leather interior and lots of options, including automatic temperature control, AM Radio/StereoSonic Tape System, automatic headlamp dimmer, power door locks and more. Also has rare reclining passenger seat with power head rest. Seller advises this Lincoln is in good condition with just 35,000 miles. Always garaged.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 10:33 AM

Happy April Fools' Day!
Beware of pranks and question everything today. Have a good Sunday.

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