1964 alaska earthquake
heh.... a bit of perspective on the DauphineOne interesting detail in any of the '50s and '60s photos of the US are the sheer number of Renault Dauphines. That's a car that went from being incredibly popular to disappearing very quickly. They hit the US in 1957, after the Beetle had already made its initial impression, and quickly gained favor by offering a more American-car-like soft ride and four doors. But as soon as success hit, it immediately snapped back as Americans turned away from imported cars in general in the early '60s and the Dauphine developed a reputation for poor durability. The Beetle's initial popularity and simple engineering kept it afloat; Renault wouldn't come back to the US for a long time (brought back by joining with AMC, only to disappear again after AMC was absorbed into Chrysler).
Time magazine has a list of the 50 worst cars ever produced. Some of the cars are real lemons. Making you wonder why anyone ever bought them in the first place.The following quote is from the entry for the 1956 Renault Dauphine pictured above.
“It took the drivers at Road and Track 32 seconds to reach 60 mph, which would put the Dauphine at a severe disadvantage in any drag race involving farm equipment.”
snortThis year, 2011, will be the centenary of the very first running of the World's Greatest Automobile Race, the Indianapolis 500. The winner of the first Indy 500, Ray Harroun, driving his Marmon Wasp racer, is pictured here. The speeds achieved by the racers increased greatly in later years, particularly after 1912, which was the year that racing cars made the momentous switch from oval wheels to circular ones.
I know that a lot of you guys think the seventies were a long long time ago, but this is ridiculous! :laugh: