Author Archives: Marty Densch

Automotive Oddities: One Rare Impala

You can’t go to a car show in the midwest without tripping over 1966 Chevrolet Impalas. During the 1960s Chevrolet cranked out Impalas by the millions (many of them at its Janesville, Wis., assembly plant 12 miles from my home). … Continue reading

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Cars That Were Stars

Nearly every movie set in the 20th or early 21st centuries employs automobiles in one capacity or another. Typically they are just background props, movie “extras” used to round out the imagery on the screen. Some movie cars, though, are … Continue reading

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Automotive Oddities: A Yugo (Still on the Road?)

Lists of ‘best’ or ‘worst’ cars are always subjective, of course, and influenced strongly, if not entirely, by the biases of the writer.  Look at every list of ‘worst’ cars you can lay your hands on, though, and one car … Continue reading

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A Weekend Orgy of Wisconsin Car Shows, part 3: Sunday Surprise

[There are plenty of reasons to look forward to summer but for auto enthusiasts it's all about car shows.  Sure, some parts of the country are lucky enough to have car show weather year round but here in the Midwest … Continue reading

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A Weekend Orgy of Wisconsin Car Shows, part 2: Saturday Trifecta

[There are plenty of reasons to look forward to summer but for auto enthusiasts it's all about car shows.  Sure, some parts of the country are lucky enough to have car show weather year round but here in the Midwest … Continue reading

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A Weekend Orgy of Wisconsin Car Shows, part 1: Friday in Monroe

[There are plenty of reasons to look forward to summer but for auto enthusiasts it's all about car shows.  Sure, some parts of the country are lucky enough to have car show weather year round but here in the Midwest … Continue reading

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Automotive Oddities: The Magic Skyway Mustang

Lee Iococca left no marketing stone unturned when the Ford Mustang was launched in 1964.  It was a happy coincidence, perhaps, that the New York World’s Fair would be opening about the same time as the Mustang’s introduction, giving Iococca … Continue reading

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The Car, The Milestone, The Mustang

The Mustang at 50.  It’s a milestone that some people don’t achieve, let alone an automobile.  The Chevrolet Suburban and Corvette are the only two U. S. name plates that have been around longer and the Corvette’s history is a … Continue reading

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A Horse By Any Other Name?

As the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary approaches (I will be attending the celebration in Charlotte, N.C.) and we reflect on the rather singular accomplishment of an automotive nameplate staying in continuous production for half a century, we might also reflect … Continue reading

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What You Say About Yourself Says A Lot About Yourself, 2014

Last year’s Chicago Auto Show was boring enough that I found myself actually noticing the meaningless slogans that car makers come up with to . . . well, I’m not really sure why they do it, I guess it’s the … Continue reading

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