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Jan 12, 2013 (9:10 pm)
Staying in downtown chicago this evening and a silver Fisker Karma is parked in valet parking. Very cool looking. People were taking pictures of it as they walked in or out of the lobby.
#27540 of 30871 Feb. '59 new car registrations, from Automotive News
Jan 13, 2013 (8:52 am)
Someone else posted this elsewhere, and I thought it was interesting. I know '59 was a good year for Studebaker, but in Feb. they outsold Dodge in cars, which I would have not expected. The other makes below Stude, I could believe in '59.
The truck registrations show how moribund Stude's truck business was by '59. The trucks were advanced in '49 (inside door step, instrumentation serviced from under the hood instead of under the dash), but were old-hat by '59 with only some fairly minor changes made in that time. Pickup sales were up in the early '60's with the Champ, but not for long.
Interesting numbers and comparisons with a year earlier.
#27541 of 30871 Re: fisker karma [dieselone]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 13, 2013 (9:00 am)
They are beautiful cars. My friend's dad has one. Fisker is apparently in a huge insurance battle--they lost a ton of cars from Hurricane Sandy and the insurance company is balking on payoff. That could hurt the company severely.
#27542 of 30871 Re: fisker karma [dieselone]
Jan 13, 2013 (9:02 am)
Last time I stayed in downtown Chicago I saw a Bugatti Super Sport in traffic. The way people drive down there I was nervous in my Mitsubishi.
#27543 of 30871 Re: Feb. '59 new car registrations, from Automotive News [uplanderguy]
Jan 13, 2013 (11:49 am)
Studebaker did well in 1959, but Rambler did even better because it was ahead of Plymouth, Buick and and Mercury. Plymouth was usually the third best selling model in America. Timing is very important. American Motors gave up on the small Nash/Rambler in 1956-57 but brought it back in 1958 as the Rambler American. Then AMC quit production of the large Nash and Hudson and dropped those model names.
Americans did not want small cars until 1958. Why should they buy a small car when they could get a full size Chevy, Ford or Plymouth for approximately the same price?
#27544 of 30871 Re: Feb. '59 new car registrations, from Automotive News [jljac]
Jan 13, 2013 (1:23 pm)
Economically at least, there couldn't have been a better time back then for the market for smaller cars. Lead times were slow back then as reflected by the D3 taking until 1960 to get out their compacts.
#27545 of 30871 Re: fisker karma [toomanyfumes]
Jan 13, 2013 (1:25 pm)
I think Miami, followed by LA is probably the best place to see expensive or unusual cars cruising around, at least in my experience.
Jan 13, 2013 (8:23 pm)
Went to Portland today, lots of old cars around as the place has a mild climate and is kind of hipsterish. Lots of 70s-80s Volvos, nice looking Mach 1, many old VW vans including a very early (maybe 50s vintage) panel, very decent 70s Datsun pickup and for some reason several old Mazda pickups, immaculate early MR2, 67 or so Barracuda, and the highlight for me, spotted just south of Tacoma - an absolutely pristine W126 cruising down I5. Black 380SEL on chrome disc style wheels, looked brand new, had to have been restored or was a very low mile and well kept survivor.
#27547 of 30871 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 14, 2013 (8:54 am)
So what kind of VooDoo donuts did you get while there?
Jan 14, 2013 (9:04 am)
maple bacon I bet.