Automotive Mileposts

2008 Site Updates


"" December 21, 2008

While we haven't added any new pages this month, we've continued to update and revise many existing pages in the site. Our Road Map (site map) pages have had multiple updates to make them more user friendly, and we have made changes to our Automotive Books pages as well, in preparation for an updated design with expanded information and more user interaction for 2009.

In all, over 200 pages have received significant changes this month. And, we continue to research and design pages for the 1966-1970 Toronado as well. The 1966-1967 Toronados will be the first new car sections published for 2009.

Enjoy the Holidays, be safe, and stick around for 2009...there's going to be a lot to see!


"" November 27, 2008

Road Map and Road Map - Page 2 We've reorganized our sitemap pages to make them easier to use. Road Map contains administrative links and classic car data links. Road Map - Page 2 has links to MILEPOSTS Garage articles, AUTO BREVITY articles, classic car parts auctions, and all the rest. Try them!

"" November 26, 2008

Driving Your Classic Car During Winter | MILEPOSTS Garage Depending on where you live, winter drives can be beneficial to both you and your classic car.

"" November 24, 2008

Thunderbird Glossary Do you know what a Highway Pilot is? Can you wear a Silver Mink? Have you ever seen a 1963 Thunderbird with a Tilt-Away Steering Wheel? (Answer: probably not.) We've defined all those marketing terms used over the years so you know what they mean.

"" November 23, 2008

1978 Ford Thunderbird Diamond Jubilee Edition Built to help celebrate Ford Motor Company's 75th Anniversary, this was the most expensive and best equipped Thunderbird in standard form to date.

"" November 9, 2008

Autumn Leaves imageThe Thanksgiving Thunderbird Our 5th annual update of The Thanksgiving Thunderbird returns for 2008, with the top television shows for Thanksgiving 1969, along with the premieres and the dearly departed shows.

"" November 7, 2008

The Last American Car | MILEPOSTS Garage Considering everything that's happening in the American automobile industry today, this article dated November 21, 2005 has now turned out to be more accurate than we feared. We thought it was worth another read.

Classic Car Clubs and Events Start planning now for the 2009 classic car events you want to attend. We've updated our events list, and there's a lot to choose from! Be sure to check back regularly, as many dates are just now being set.

"" November 1, 2008

Wouldn't you really rather have a:
1963 Buick Riviera
1964 Buick Riviera
1965 Buick Riviera
Our largest group publication ever! All three years of the first generation Rivieras are now online! Paint colors, trim codes, options, etc. You really should enjoy Riviera!


"" October 31, 2008

1971 Continental Mark III Phaeton Edition This unique after market trim package to dress up the Mark III included some rather distinctive touches, and is very rare today.

"" October 26, 2008

AUTO BREVITY | Hidden Headlights A look at American automobiles built with concealed headlight covers, how they worked, why they quit building them, and a partial list of makes and models with this feature.


"" September 30, 2008

1966 Imperial Contents The long awaited '66 Imperial section is online! Includes paint, trim, vinyl roof, convertible top, and paint stripe colors and codes, an options list with pricing, production numbers, more.

"" September 22, 2008

In Memoriam: Lois Eminger (1920-2008) Known as "Mrs. Thunderbird" at Ford Motor Company, Eminger was a long time Ford employee, and saved original car invoices that were destined to be destroyed.

"" September 19, 2008

Diagnose and Repair Vacuum Leaks (Part Two) | MILEPOSTS Garage How to diagnose and repair vacuum leaks in classic car vacuum systems to achieve better overall engine and accessory performance.

"" September 12, 2008

Vacuum Leaks | MILEPOSTS Garage Part One of a two part article describes automotive vacuum systems and their contribution to engine performance and fuel economy.

"" September 6, 2008

1970 Oldsmobile Toronado Contents The Toronado received another substantial restyling for 1970, an attempt to improve sales in the fifth and final year of the first generation body style, which was introduced in 1966.

"" September 5, 2008

1969 Oldsmobile Toronado Contents For 1969, the Toronado traded in its fastback styling for a more formal look, and sales increased for the second year in a row.

"" September 4, 2008

1968 Oldsmobile Toronado Contents A face lift, new options, and a high performance engine all helped to attract new buyers and improve sales.

"" September 3, 2008

1967 Oldsmobile Toronado Contents Despite an award winning introduction the previous year, sales fell by almost half for 1967. New safety features and options made it an attractive consideration for new car buyers.

"" September 2, 2008

Classic Cars Are Like Old Friends | MILEPOSTS Garage Undertaking a classic car restoration is leaving your mark on your car, and it's a part of your legacy. Sometimes, it seems destined to be.

"" September 1, 2008

1976 Continental Mark IV Designer Series Opera Windows The one distinctive trait all Designer Series cars must have is the designer's signature in the opera window.


"" August 31, 2008

AUTO BREVITY | Automatic Climate Control A glance back at the use of air conditioning in automobiles, and the early automatic temperature controlled systems.

"" August 30, 2008

1970 Thunderbird - Special Brougham Option Interior Door Script We discuss a little known fact regarding early production cars equipped with this optional interior trim.

1963 Ford Thunderbird and Lincoln Continental 12-Mile Road Test Article on the tests all 1961-1969 Thunderbird and Lincoln automobiles were subjected to before being approved for shipment.

"" August 2, 2008

1965 Buick Riviera Contents This article highlights the changes made to the 1965 Riviera, and the new Gran Sport option that was offered for the first time on this model.


"" July 21, 2008

1979 Continental Mark V Collector's Series in Silver Most know about the Midnight Blue and White cars, but did you know that late in the year a Light Silver and Diamond Blue were also added? (The Diamond Blue color will be covered in a future feature.)


"" June 12, 2008

1964 Buick Riviera Contents We've added a new article on the history of the 1964 Riviera to this page.

"" June 2, 2008

1953-1954 Buick Skylark Read our historical article on one of the most collectible cars of our time, as we begin the process of publishing this section of the site.


"" May 31, 2008

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Contents This new article highlights Toronado's debut year, in which it received multiple awards and shared nothing with other cars except for the road.

"" May 30, 2008

1963 Buick Riviera Contents Originally intended for Cadillac, the Riviera wound up reviving a slumping Buick Division instead. This article looks at the Riviera's debut year, and the impact it made in its market segment.

"" May 28, 2008

1966-1978 Oldsmobile Toronado Take a drive down Memory Lane in a front wheel drive Toronado! We've added a historical retrospective on the Toronado in advance of the opening of this section of the site.

"" May 26, 2008

MILEPOSTS Garage | Classic Car Storage: Keeping the Neighbors Happy If you don't value your old car enough to tend to it and make it as presentable as possible, why should your neighbors excuse the eyesore?

"" May 17, 2008

NEW SITE SEARCH We've added a new Mileposts Classic Car Search function to the site. Powered by search leader Google, it searches only, and returns search results right here on our site. It has been added to all Contents pages, and will be added to more pages in the coming weeks. We hope you find this new feature helpful.

"" May 16, 2008

In preparation for the grand opening of our Buick Riviera section, an article covering the history of the Riviera has been added to the 1963-1976 Buick Riviera Contents page.

"" May 9, 2008

The Last Continental On Such A Grand Scale The Collector's Series 1979 Continental Mark V was the last of the traditional full-size personal luxury cars, and some Wixom plant employees knew things would never be the same again.

"" May 7, 2008

The Most Luxurious Production Automobile Ever Made by Lincoln The 1978 Diamond Jubilee Edition Continental Mark V was above and beyond anything built by Lincoln to date, but all 1978 Mark Vs had new options available, and sold well against rival Cadillac Eldorado.

"" May 5, 2008

The Mark of the Designers The 1977 Continental Mark V was all new, but was more of an evolution from the previous series. With sales records being set, Lincoln had little reason to make drastic changes.

"" May 2, 2008

Make A Mark For Yourself The 1976 Continental Mark IV introduced the new Designer Series Marks, as well as new Luxury Groups so you could make a Mark for yourself.

"" May 1, 2008

The 1975 Continental Mark IV: No Charge A higher level of standard equipment was provided for the 1975 Mark IV at no charge, but it's hard to say if that was a real benefit to most new car buyers at the time.


"" April 30, 2008

A Legend In Its Own Time New article added to the 1974 Continental Mark IV Contents page.

"" April 28, 2008

Live Classic Car Auctions Searching for your dream car? Over 3 million cars have been sold on eBay Motors, and many of them are rare classics. Our new link guide does the advanced searching for you, and will help you find exactly the car you're looking for. Try it!

"" April 25, 2008

The Most Beautiful Automobile In America The 1973 Continental Mark IV was a real looker, and outsold rival Cadillac Eldorado by a wide margin.

"" April 23, 2008

The 1972 Continental Mark IV In all the 1970's, it was the unique American car. New article added to 1972 Lincoln Continental Contents page.

"" April 22, 2008

1959 Thunderbird: The Car Everyone Would Love to Own Wherever people who enjoyed the good life gathered, the 1959 Thunderbird was there. New article added to the 1959 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 19, 2008

The World's Most Wanted Car AM looks at the phenomenon that was the 1960 Thunderbird, and examines why it was the World's most wanted car at the time, in this new article on the 1960 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 17, 2008

The New Adventure in Elegance—Thunderbird 1961 The Thunderbird was all-new for 1961, but sales weren't keeping up with 1960.

"" April 15, 2008

Thunderbird People AM discusses the 1962 Thunderbird in a new article on the 1962 Ford Thunderbird Contents page, focusing on its advertising and the culture of those who owned one new.

"" April 14, 2008

Riv It Up! The T-bird got its first true competitor for 1963, the Buick Riviera. Read about it on the 1963 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 11, 2008

The 1976 Thunderbird. Could It Be the Best Luxury Car Buy In the World? Ford took 1975's ad slogan to new heights for 1976, and we discuss in a new article of the 1976 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 10, 2008

The 1975 Thunderbird: Could It Be the Best Luxury Car Buy In America? AM looks at Ford's advertising claim for 1975 in a new article on the 1975 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 9, 2008

1974 THUNDERBIRD: Make A Little Thunder of Your Own We've added a new article to the 1974 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 8, 2008

A Unique Luxury Automobile—Thunderbird 1973 New article added to the 1973 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 7, 2008

1972 Thunderbird: Bigger Is Better New article added to the 1972 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 6, 2008

1970 Cadillac Eldorado: The 8.2 Litre Sports Car New article added to the 1970 Cadillac Eldorado Contents page.

The Finest Possible Investment in Personal Motoring New article added to the 1969 Cadillac Eldorado Contents page.

"" April 5, 2008

1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado—The Car That Made Cadillac Owners Look Twice New article added to the 1968 Cadillac Eldorado Contents page.

What's Going On Behind the Scenes We have an updated message on this page regarding recent site display configuration changes that some of you may have noticed.

Whatever Happened to Individuality? New article added to the 1971 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 4, 2008

1964 Thunderbird: So Different...So Beautifully Different! New article added to the 1964 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

The Private World of Thunderbird for 1965 New article added to the 1965 Ford Thunderbird Contents page.

"" April 3, 2008

Oh, Come On Now! THAT'S A Cadillac?!? New article added to the 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Contents page.

Chapter 3: 1971 Continental Mark III New article added to the 1971 Continental Mark III Contents page.

""April 2, 2008

Regarding the 1970 Continental Mark III New article added to the 1970 Continental Mark III Contents page.

"" April 1, 2008

My Name Is Continental Mark III, Two...Too? New article added to the 1969 Continental Mark III Contents page.


"" March 28, 2008

The Truth About ZDDP What it is, what it does, and why your classic car engine needs it.

"" March 27, 2007

Check out our new Classic Cars Main Contents (Beta) page. We've reduced the clutter, cut the advertising by over 50%, and updated the look to allow for greater flexibility as we expand our classic car assortment in the years to come.

"" March 25, 2007

1969 Continental Mark III: The Real Cost of Options Did you know that a fully loaded Continental Mark III will likely get 1 mpg less just because of the weight of its options? You might be surprised to see what those options weigh.


"" February 17, 2008

UPDATED: JC Whitney Auto, Truck, SUV, Jeep, and RV Parts and Accessories Everything you need for the vehicles you own, plus shop tools, garage equipment, and more - all at great prices! Check out our brand new, reorganized and updated page, which includes current specials from JC Whitney.

"" February 16, 2008

AUTO BREVITY | Distributor Vacuum Control Valve This little device prevents things from getting too hot under the hood, and it's completely automatic!

"" February 13, 2008

1976 Continental Mark IV Givenchy Designer Edition Finished in a sparkling turquoise shade, this limited edition is unforgettable.

"" February 10, 2008

1976 Continental Mark IV Emilio Pucci Designer Edition Italian designer Emilio Pucci's designs are defined by his unique color combinations and patterns. His Mark IV was no exception.

1976 Continental Mark IV Bill Blass Designer Edition Internationally-recognized American designer Bill Blass put his special touch on a Designer Series Mark IV, creating a design masterpiece that looks as good today as it did in 1976.

Road Map and Road Map - Page 2 We've split up our Road Map to make it easier to find what you're looking for on - the original Road Map includes links to The Classic Cars featured on the site, and Road Map - Page 2 includes articles, features, auctions, etc. This change should make both pages load faster, and provide enhanced organization.

1976 Continental Mark IV Cartier Designer Edition Legendary jeweler Cartier introduces a special Mark the color of freshwater pearls, adding more prestige and luxury than ever before to the line.

"" February 4, 2008

1976 Continental Mark IV Desert Sand Luxury Group A daring two tone paint job set this Mark apart from all others, and its late introduction in March 1976 guarantees rarity today.

"" February 3, 2008

1971 Lincoln Continental Golden Anniversary Town Car To commemorate Lincoln's 50th year, a limited edition run of 1,000 Town Cars was built.


"" January 12, 2008

Thunderbird Gifts: 1962 Thunderbird Arbiter Elegantíae Signed by L.A. Iacocca, this document was one of many gifts given out by Ford. It arrived at the residence of new Thunderbird owners in a gold tube. And this one is special: it bears the name of Marilyn Monroe!

"" January 1, 2008: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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