Probably the most interesting piece about the Ford Fairlane is the origin of the name. The name was taken from Henry Ford’s estate, Fair Lane, near Dearborn, Michigan. This model was sold between 1955 and 1971 by the Ford Motor Company in North America. Over time, the name was used in reference to a number of different cars in different classes; originally, the Fairlane was a full-size car during the 1950s but became a mid-size car in the 1960s. The mid-sized model led to the creation of the Australian-built Fairlane in 1967, granted it was considered a large car there. For the 1955 model year, the Fairlane name replaced the Crestline as Ford’s premier full-size offering. The fashionable Chevrolet Bel Air overshadowed it then and especially now.
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On the other hand, the Ford Fairlane was indeed successful and considered to be quite desirable and stylish. An amazing six different body styles were offered, including the Crown Victoria Skyliner, which featured a tinted, transparent plastic roof. Other body styles included the regular Crown Victoria coupe with lots of stainless steel trim, a convertible Sunliner, a Victoria coupe and of course traditional sedans. All were highlighted with the trademark stainless steel “Fairlane stripe” on the side. In the 2005, Ford revealed a new concept show car with the Fairlane nameplate. It was a slightly odd-looking crossover utility vehicle that featured three-row seating for six passengers. It of course also included the chromed three bar horizontal grill design, which currently appears on the 2006 Ford Fusion sedan and the 2007 Ford Edge crossover utility vehicle. A production version (renamed the Ford Flex) of the Fairlane concept car is scheduled to debut at the 2007 New York Auto Show. The plan also has the model entering production for the 2008 model year. Use our auto shipping calculator, which we created first, and learn about the Ford Fairlane by going here. Car transport estimates are easy here.
Since 1972, German automaker BMW has been offering the BMW 5 Series, a mid-size luxury executive car. Impressively, this car is now in its fifth generation and is sold in both sedan and touring body styles. Logically, the 5 Series earned its name by being the fifth of the “new series” cars after the V-8 and Isetta era. Models that preceded the 5 series were the 700, the “New Class”, the “New Six” 2500/2800/Bavaria and the CS. BMW introduced the 5 Series in an attempt to replace the smaller New Class sedans, which left the coupes as the company’s low-end model. Marcello Gandini designed the body of the 5 series, which was based on the Bertone 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti Geneva show car. Gandini is also credited as designing the Fiat 132 and Alfa Romeo Alfetta, which explains why the three cars have a similar design.
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The 524 has been well received by drivers all over and continues to be a sought after model in the marketplace. The popularity of BMW’s cars has not come overnight. The manufacturer has been tirelessly making cars for decades and it appears from their sales volume that their effort is paying off. Five generations of the 5 Series have surfaced to date. The models can be differentiated from each other by their unique chassis numbers (EXX). For the first time with the 5 Series, BMW began its tradition of named its models with a three-digit number. This in fact is a very logical naming scheme. The first digit (5 in this case) represents the model, and the following two digits (typically) represent the size of the engine. The additional letters or words added to the end of the three-digit number are used to define the fuel type (petrol or diesel), engine or transmission details, and the body style. For more information on the BMW 524 go here. You can also receive instant car transport rates for the BMW 524 using our online rate calculator.
The original Jeepster, know internally as VJ, was produced from 1948 through 1950. Some leftover models were sold under the 1951 model year and thus have become popular collectors items. After World War II, Jeep trademark owner, Willys, believed that the market for the military-type Jeep would be limited to farmers; therefore, they began producing the CJ, which stood for ‘Civilian Jeep’ to fill this growing segment. They added to this growing segment by also producing the new Jeep Wagon in 1946, and then the Jeep Truck in 1947. Realizing a gap in their product line up, Willys created the Jeepster to crossover their utilitarian trucks to the automobile market.
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The car was originally only offered with rear-wheel drive, which limited its appeal with traditional Jeep fans. While its distinctive boxy styling was a hit with critics, it did not catch on with the anticipated market. Further, sales were negatively affected by meager advertising. In the end, just 19,132 original VJ Jeepsters were sold which is just too bad because they were a fairly decent automobile. This is however good to know because an old Jeepster would be a good find in the resale market. The VJ Jeepster was powered by the 62 hp Go Devil engine. A 3-speed manual transmission with optional overdrive was used, as were drum brakes all around. The vehicle’s front end was from the Willys Station Wagon, as was the rear driveline. The flat-topped rear fenders were copied from the Jeep truck line, as were the longitudinal rear leaf springs. From the sounds of it the Jeepster was nothing more than a bunch of old parts put together, but in reality, this is more common than not. Imagine the price of an automobile is the manufacturer had to start from scratch with every new model. No industry does this ‘ and survives. Go to our easy to use vehicle transport quotes calculator on this page and learn more about the Jeep Jeepster.
The Shelby Mustang, although one wouldn’t know it by the name, was a performance muscle car from the 1960s. It was part of a series of Ford Mustangs that were specially modified by Carroll Shelby’s company and sold as a chain of automobiles. The program was factory-sponsored and production was ultimately moved in-house. The character of the series continues still today in the special Mustang Cobra models. The first Shelby version of the Mustang appeared in 1965 painted Ford “Wimbledon White”. In fact, all ’65 Shelbys were painted Ford “Wimbledon White”. Although most of the 1965 Shelby’s you see today have Le Mans stripes, less than 40% of the 1965 GT 350’s came factory equipped with them. Under the hood the engine was a modified K-code 289ci Windsor V8 with special “Cobra” valve covers, tri-Y headers and a special intake manifold.
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The first 300 GT 350s, approximately, were “rear battery” cars, logically meaning the car’s batteries were trunk-mounted. This turned out to be a bad move and Ford was made aware of it as customer complaints of acid-fumes started to pour in. This led to the creation of the Cobra Battery Caps, which vented the acid fumes outside of the car by way of hoses exiting through the trunk floor panels. An estimated 50 1965 GT 350s came equipped with the very rare Cobra battery caps. Shortly thereafter, vehicle production changed and the battery was now in the engine compartment. As to be expected, the most desirable of the 1965 GT 350s today are the units with factory installed rear batteries. The new 1967 Mustang was trailed with a new Shelby featuring a 1967 Mercury Cougar tail light panel minus the chrome trim, a flip-up spoiler and two sets of air scoops on each side. This was also the first American car to feature a factory roll bar which was a great addition to the safety of cars. You can go here for more details on the Shelby GT. Car Transport Rates for the Ford Shelby GT are available here using our original auto transport calculator on our page.
Well, the Navajo was plagued with a few problems. In May 2000, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contacted Ford and Firestone about the high frequency of tire failure on the Mazda Navajos, the Mercury Mountaineers and the Ford Explorers fitted with Firestone tires. Ford investigated and found that several models of 15 in Firestone tires had ridiculously high failure rates, particularly those made at Firestone’s Decatur, Illinois plant. Of course as many know, this lead to the rapid decline in value of at least the Explorer and probably the other models as well. The Mazda Navajo was a 2-door Sport Utility Vehicle that was launched in 1991. This was Mazda’s very first off-roader for the North American market, which was not so great considering the bad press. But anyway, it was available only as a four-wheel drive, two-door vehicle, and it was essentially a rebadged Ford Explorer Sport. It was marketed in the United States only, which was humorously because Mazda Canada did not want to market an SUV.
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All Navajos were built in Louisville, Kentucky, the same place the Explorer was built. A rear-wheel drive Navajo was an option for 1992, gearing towards people who liked the sporty image of an SUV, but did not need four-wheel drive. These were the typical weekend warriors who would never go off road anyhow. Base models were now called the DX, more in keeping with the Japanese manufacturer’s typical way of referring to their base versions. Further, as expected, the 1993 Navajo picked up the same mechanical upgrades as the Explorer, such as augmented power for the V6 engine and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Unlike the Explorer, however, the only other change was an optional CD player. This was not exactly much to draw in new buyers as a CD player could be had anyhow. Learn more about the Mazda Navajo by going here and receive an instant car transport estimate using our online rate calculator.
The Ford Super Duty pickup trucks are built at the Louisville ‘Kentucky Truck Plant’ which was opened in 1969 and is now exclusively responsible for only building the Super Duty line. This line of Ford trucks includes models F-250 through F-550. The plant was also responsible for building the Ford Excursion Sport Utility Vehicle because it was based off of the 1st generation F-250 Super Duty platform. That of course ceased when the model was dropped in 2005. The F-250 4 door short bed is nothing like the F-150, which is built at the ‘Kansas City Assembly’ plant in Claycomo Missouri. This plant, opened in 1951, is also responsible for manufacturing the popular F-150 along side the Ford Escape and the Mazda Tribute.
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It originated when pickup trucks were first introduced, they were basically titled after their approx. payload rating.An F-150 was called a 1/2-ton, F-250 was called a 3/4-ton, F-350 was called a 1-ton, and so on. However, as the years rolled on, the payload capacities have slowly increased even though the names have stayed the same. Now with the 1999 introduction of the all-new Super Duty line all of this has changed. To just simply call an F-250 Super Duty an ‘F-250′ would be a major underestimation, and the same goes for the F-350 Super Duty. The Super Duty trucks are in a class entirely of their own. They are larger and heavier built commercial or industrial pickup trucks with heavier and bigger frames, axles, springs and brakes. Not to mention, they have better transmissions and more powerful engines. This gives them a much higher payload and greater towing capacities. The Ford Super Duty is basically Ford’s impressive response to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra ‘HD’ and the Dodge Ram ‘Heavy Duty’ series. Anyone needing a truck for more than the county fair, owns a Ford Super Duty F-250 4dr with the short bed. You can go here for more details on the F-250. Car Transport Rates for the Ford Super Duty F-250 are available here using our original auto transport calculator on our page.
Across high schools all over America, kids are begging their parents to buy them the ever-popular AMC Wrangler. This mini Sports Utility Vehicle produced by American automaker AMC is the successor to the infamous World War II 1950s ‘Jeep’. The trend setting Jeep was first produced by Willys and later produced by Kaiser-Jeep and AMC. The debut of the Wrangler in 1987 was a major moment for the adventurous type who were looking for a stylish and fun to drive off-roading vehicle with a soft top. The model was updated in 1997 and again in 2007, and is still popular today something that many automakers cannot claim for their older models. From 1987 till 1992 the Wrangler was built in Brampton Ontario, Canada; although, today the Wrangler is produced at Jeep’s Toledo South Assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio on account of the Canada’s plant closure. In fact the Wrangler name was not even used in Canada, as it was a trim level of Chevrolet pickup in that particular market. Rather, from 1987 to 1995, the models were sold as YJ, and from 1997 to 2006, the models were sold as TJ.
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For those looking to fit into the Wrangler community it may be interesting to know that the model designations of YJ and TJ are used throughout the world in the Jeep enthusiast community to differentiate which model is being spoken of rather than using the more ambiguous term “Wrangler”. The Wrangler replaced the much loved but slower-selling Jeep CJ in 1987. The new design included a wider wheelbase, slightly less ground clearance, and more comfort. The Wrangler also had a leaf spring suspension much like that of the CJ, however, the springs were wider, and the YJs sported track bars and sway bars for added handling. The Wranglers are easily identifiable by their rectangular headlights, which ironically were a source of controversy when they were introduced. Despite the new grill, the body is much like that of the CJ’s, and it is interchangeable with some minor modifications. In fact, many CJ owners with a rusted body replace them with a newer Wrangler body, as they are almost cosmetically identical and the lines from the nose match up perfectly. In total 632,231 Wranglers were built through model year 1995 and the ever-popular production continues today. Go here for more specs on the Wrangler. You can also receive instant vehicle transport quote for the AMC Wrangler.
The Legacy began with both a 5 door wagon and 4 door sedan body styles being offered with FWD and an optional AWD package. The Subaru Legacy itself is a mid-size car introduced by the Japanese manufacturer Subaru in February 1989. It was created as a larger, more upscale companion to the company’s Leone. The Legacy showcased a newly designed engine to replace the aging EA series. It was named the new EJ series.When it debuted in the United States, the only major difference between the original concept car was it featured a larger displacing a 2.2 liter engine.
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In Japan, a turbocharged Legacy GT was launched in 1989, and was then followed in 1991 by the introduction in the United States of a Sport trim of the sedan. However, this was dropped and the LE Wagon in 1992 was instead offered with a turbo configuration. An all-wheel drive system was also offered.In the Australian market, it instead bears the name Liberty, which it was called out of respect for Australia’s Legacy organization, which aids veterans and their families during and after wars. It would have been a PR nightmare to explain that one had they not caught the potential confusion early.
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The second-generation sales in Japan began with model year 1993, and in 1995 the second-generation sales began in North America. This included a full body & chassis revision. Prior to this, Subaru sales had been declining in the North American market. With the help of some clever marketing, a trim level called the Outback was launched. Its popularity would eventually lead to the development of the Outback as a stand alone model rather than a trim level. Further, in North America, the early sporty models were known simply as the Sport Sedan and the Touring Wagon. The Subaru Legacy is still seen as a sport-utility vehicle. Receive a vehicle transport quote on our calculator and to learn more on the Subaru Legacy you can go here.