1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda Coupes

These coupes were somewhat more numerous than the short-lived 1970-1971 Barracuda Convertibles, though not much in the case of the later performance-oriented ‘Cudas. All were hardtop models save a fixed-pillar price-leader that was tried to no good sales effect for 1971 only.
Base and sporty ‘Cuda versions were offered throughout, plus luxury Gran Coupe (with formal vinyl-covered roof, a twin to Challenger SE) for 1970-1972. A minor facelift occurred for ’71, after which styling was again lightly modified — then frozen.
Performance declined along with production, though not as much as horsepower numbers might imply, but big-block engines were canceled after ’71 in deference to rising insurance rates and a consequent waning in buyer interest.
Big-blocks command the highest values as collector cars, but most any V-8 example is a fine investment, indicated by asking prices that continue rising with fair speed.
Pluses of the 1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda Coupes:
Minuses of the 1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda Coupes:
Production of the 1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda Coupes:
Specifications of the 1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda Coupes: Wheelbase, inches: 108.0 Length, inches: 186.7 Weight, pounds: 2,905-3,235 Price, new: $2

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1969 Chrysler Three Hundred

The creation of the 1969 Chrysler Three Hundred was due to the new “fuselage styled” models, which the Division proudly described in advertising as “Your Next Car.” Years before, Virgil Exner had pioneered the idea of combining the bumper and the grille on his XNR show car, in which the bumper surrounded the radiator opening and lights. But unlike the XNR, the bodylines on the new Chryslers were free of creases

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, wrinkles, tailfins, and asymmetrical humps, making them appear very smooth and sleek. It looked as though 1969 would be a very good year.
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At the corporate level, chairman Lynn Townsend was laboring to maintain the profit picture. On the production line, quality control became an end in itself for the first time in Chrysler history, and judging by road tests of mid-1960s models, it was truly needed. Production had been setting records (1968 was an all-time high at 263,266), but high volume was often achieved by compromising build quality.
The Chrysler 300 (non-letter) line of coupes, sedans, and convertibles had been introduced in 1962 to replace the Windsor, and capitalize on the sporting image of the “letter series” 300s. In market position, the 300 largely filled the gap left by the DeSoto, which breathed its last in 1961: an upmarket car just short of the New Yorker, square in the middle of the Chrysler range.
Since 1965 it had shared the New Yorker’s long, 124-inch wheelbase, but it was carefully positioned about $300-$400 short of the New Yorker’s price. For this

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, the buyer got a big engine (the reliable 440 from 1967), luxurious trim, and clean styling that traced its influence to the letter series. The 300 also featured the most expensive convertible in the volume line, since there had not been a New Yorker convertible since 1961.
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1947-1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa

The 1947-1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa provided a last glimpse at glory from what had been one of the world’s top automakers before the market for its luxurious products dried up in the early 1930s. Then, in the wake of World War II, came dreams of a revival.
The scars of world war were still fresh across Europe in the lean year of 1947, both on the landscape and throughout societies seeking to reorganize themselves after horrible years of devastation. That’s why it seemed astonishing to the car world that former Italian luxury maker Isotta Fraschini had sensational plans to revive its lost glory.
The vehicle for this attempted renaissance would be the Tipo 8C Monterosa, named for the Via Monterosa, the Milan street upon which Isotta Fraschini’s shops had stood during its greatest days. However, by 1947, Isotta Fraschini was a name nearly forgotten after 13 years of inactivity as a luxury carmaker (though the manufacture of trucks and engines for boats and aircraft sustained it through the 1930s and 1940s). The development of the revolutionary new luxury car in the works was inseparably linked with the name of an extraordinary engineer: Fabio Rapi.
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Given that it has been more than 50 years since Isotta Fraschini last made a car, it may not be possible for the modern automobile enthusiast to fully appreciate the significance of the 8C Monterosa project without some background. Having made their initial foray into the automobile business as importers of French cars, Cesare Isotta and Vincenzo Fraschini next formed a company that would lead, in 1902

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, to the production of the first car to bear their names. In 1905, engineer Giustino Cattaneo joined the company as technical director. It was he who was to lead Isotta Fraschini over the next 30 years to become a perfect example of world-class car manufacturing.
The firm produced numerous highly regarded models prior to World War I, including some internationally famed racers. (Among the advances attributed to Isotta Fraschini in this period was the first use of four-wheel brakes.) During the Great War, Italian naval and air forces were well served by Isotta Fraschini engines.
The first completely new design announced after the war, the Tipo 8 of 1919, launched a new single-model policy. The ingeniously constructed, near-perfectly built 6.0-liter ohv inline eight-cylinder engine of the Tipo 8 — regarded as the world’s first series-production straight eight — was held in the same esteem as the powerplants in Rolls-Royces and Hispano-Suizas.
Reliability, technical refinements, and the sedate elegance of coachbuilt bodies made Isotta Fraschini well known far beyond Italy’s borders. Above all, there were always solvent clients in the United States. By 1924, the year in which a more powerful Tipo 8A was first shown, sales branches had been established in London, Brussels, New York, Buenos Aires, and other cities with their fair share of extremely well-heeled motorists. Emperors and kings, movie stars, tycoons, boxing champions — even Pope Pius XI — swore by this automobile.
For more information on the 1947-1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa classic sports car, continue on to the next page.
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Are expensive watches better than cheap watches?

In March 2012, at a jewelry show in Switzerland, watchmaker Hublot unveiled what news reports hailed as the world’s most expensive wrist watch — a timepiece encrusted with 1,282 diamonds, including six stones that weighed more than three carats apiece. It took 17 workers 14 months to set all the stones in the one-of-a-kind timepiece. The price tag? Five million dollars. The company’s president

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Hublot’s over-the-top watch is an elegant piece of wrist candy, to be sure, even if you wouldn’t dare to wear it on the street without an armed escort. But if you’re concerned about actually using a watch to tell time, this one probably isn’t that great of a choice, since there’s so much glitter on the face that the positions of the hour, minute and second hands are tough to discern. Also, there’s no digital display and no stopwatch mode, so it wouldn’t be very useful if you want to keep track of your pace when you go for a jog in the park. In comparison, a humble Timex Ironman T5E321, the sort of watch you can purchase on Amazon.com for as little as $47, can do all of that and far more. It has a back-lit display that you can read clearly even at night, and if you’re a traveler, you can set it to flip between two different time zones. In a pinch, it even can double as an alarm clock.
But most importantly, the $5 million watch doesn’t necessarily keep time more accurately than a $47 watch — at least to any degree you could discern. In a study published in Horological Journal in 2008, a researcher from the National Institute of Standards and Technology used sophisticated scientific equipment to test the performance of four cheap watches, including a counterfeit Rolex purchased from a street vendor for $15. He found that all four were astonishingly precise, to within a few thousandths of a second per day [source: Lombardi].
So for strictly utilitarian purposes, the answer to the question we’ve posed is a simple “no.” But “better” is subjective, and people pick watches for a lot of other reasons besides telling time. What makes one watch better than another, and how do you choose one that best suits you?

1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight

The Hudson Commodore Eight scored close to 60,000 sales for these two model years, during which no styling or specification changes were made. Smooth and ground-hugging in appearance

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Production of the 1948 Hudson Commodore Eight: 35,315 Production of the 1949 Hudson Commodore Eight: 28,687 Specifications of the 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight: Length, inches: 207.5 Wheelbase, inches: 124.0 Weight, pounds: 3,600-3,800 Price (new): $2,448-$3,198 (U.S.) Engines for the 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight:
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1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

It is often said that the 1960-1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza started the sporty car boom in America. Many would argue that it began long before the Monza was even a gleam in Chevrolet’s eye

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, giving the honor instead to early Corvettes, Thunderbirds, and Studebaker Hawks.
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While certainly a valid argument, these were comparatively expensive vehicles, and the modern interpretation is that a “sporty car” leans toward the more affordable end of the price spectrum.
But whether a pioneer of the concept or simply a follower, it can be accurately said the Monza saved the Corvair — and incidentally introduced the marketing ploy of sticking vinyl buckets and a floor-mounted shifter into a compact and calling it a sports car.
Ironically, the Monza is perhaps more noted for what it led to (the Mustang) than what it did for the Corvair. As it turned out, GM’s unique rear-engine compact proved one of the corporation’s major albatrosses; it was the subject of endless litigation, and played the lead villain in the book that launched Ralph Nader. (That book, Unsafe at Any Speed

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, conclusively proved that the inattentive should not drive early Corvairs.)
Though the 1960-1961 Corvairs could indeed be a bit tricky to handle, later models were much improved, and by 1965 the Corvair sported a superb suspension that made it one of the most imaginative, efficient, and progressive cars of the decade.
The first Monza arrived late in the 1960 model year as a “spring special” to shore up the Corvair’s disappointing sales. Against the plug-ordinary Falcon and Rambler, and the unique-looking but technically mundane Plymouth Valiant, the Corvair was doing much poorer than expected.
Indeed, the Monza was barely on the market when GM Styling was hard at work on what would become the 1962 Chevy II, later the Chevy Nova — a conventional compact that would, finally, outgun the Falcon. But then an unknown product planner got the idea of dolling up a Corvair coupe with a colorful vinyl interior, carpets, and other luxurious widgets, and Chevrolet dealers finally had something to cheer about.
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