Sad Saturday

I am sad today. My wonderful wife has left for a week-long business/pleasure trip. I am always unhappy when she leaves, which thankfully is not too often since she was promoted two years ago.

I abhor “macho” behavior, which I distinguish from heroic behavior. Men who trash their wives to other men, who engage in foolhardy activities because “we’re men” are simpletons in my opinion. If you are always complaining about your wife then why did you marry her? I love my wife and very much enjoy her company. That’s what marriage is supposed to be, right?

******************

BillBabowsky commented on Ferrari or Lamborghini? by asking for my opinion on his father’s two favorite cars, the 1955 Chevrolet and the 1960 Ford Falcon. I replied that I like the ’55 the most of the Tri-Five Chevys (1955-57) and while all Mustang fans should appreciate the Falcon because the first Mustangs were built on a Falcon chassis, to me the ’60 Falcon is just a car.

In Fins, William Knoedelseder’s book about Harley Earl and General Motors, designer Bernie Smith is quoted as saying, “The ’55 Chevy was a real designer’s car; we all loved it.” Chuck Jordan, later the vice president of design for all of General Motors, said, “As designers, we didn’t like the ’57.” I am no designer, but I concur. I think the ’57 Chevys are overdone.

See the source image

From curbsideclassic.com a picture of a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. At that time the Bel Air was the top of the line model; the 150 was at “the bottom” and the 210 was in between. That hierarchy changed in 1958 with the introduction of the Impala, a model that became extraordinarily successful.

******************

On this day in 1916 General Motors was incorporated in the state of Delaware. (Of course, since the 2009 bankruptcy that company no longer exists technically.) This iteration of the company was organized by the man who started GM in the first place, William C. Durant. General Motors was initially founded in 1908, but Durant was ousted in 1910 due to the large debt burden incurred as a result of the numerous acquisitions that formed GM. Durant then founded Chevrolet in 1911 and after a huge proxy fight (Durant, an almost obsessive player in the stock market, had secretly acquired a large block of GM shares since founding Chevrolet) he regained control of GM. He then merged Chevrolet with GM and incorporated on October 13, 1916. Durant was ousted for good in 1920; he had a great mind for big concepts, but could not execute the day-to-day details needed to run a company of any size, let alone one as large as GM. General Motors was the world’s largest automobile manufacturer for roughly three-quarters of a century, from the early 1930s until just before the “Great Recession.”

******************

Seems like I should stick to GM today…what do you think of this car?

See the source image

From momentcar.com a photo of a 1963 Buick Wildcat. I can’t really tell from this perspective, but on many pictures of the same car the badging on the hood reads “Wildcat” and not “Buick.” I think these cars are very sharp. The Wildcat was powered by the famous “Nailhead” Buick V-8; this year the displacement was 401 cubic inches. This engine was rated at 325 HP, but 445 LB-FT of torque. Increased torque was the intent of the “Nailhead” design.

I am still dreaming that General Motors will wake up and let Buick sell an improved version of the Solstice/Sky as a halo car. I can dream, can’t I?

 

#somanycarsjustonelife

#disaffectedmusings

If you’re “on” Twitter, Disaffected Musings is there, too. My “handle” is @RulesofLogic1.

 

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Sad Saturday

  1. He loved those cars so much probably because he drove them every day. There is even a picture of the Falcon in his wedding album. They drove off in it after the reception to their honeymoon in the Catskills. He even drove the 55 across the country on Route 66 in the late 50s. You mentioned the Impala. We had several including the ‘64 which they had till about 1974. It had power windows and childproof door locks.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.