Tag: rope drive

By on December 14, 2010


In the thirties and forties, GM pioneered and brought to market some of the most innovative, successful and lasting new technologies: diesel-electric locomotives, the modern diesel bus, automatic transmissions, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, high compression engines, independent front suspension, and many more. But GM’s technology prowess was just one facet of its endlessly warring multiple personalities. Planned obsolescence, chrome, fins and financial rationalization were the real moneymakers, especially during the technically conservative fifties. But in the period from 1960 to 1966, GM built three production cars that tried to upend the traditional format: the rear engined 1960 Corvair, the front-wheel drive 1966 Toronado, and the 1961 Tempest. And although the Corvair and Toronado tend to get the bulk of the attention, the Tempest’s format was by far the most enduring one: it was a BMW before BMW built theirs. If only they had stuck with it. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • ClutchCarGo: As an old white person I’m not feeling that important.
  • peeryog: The Jeep Grand Wagoneer in “The Great Outdoors” with John Candy
  • ajla: Car and Driver got 8.3 on the 2.0T and 7.6 on the 3.5L. caranddriver.com/reviews/20...
  • ClutchCarGo: “At the end of the day, Trump’s a businessman, and he’s got to be listening to business people who are...
  • brn: Automobile Catalog says 7.2 seconds. They tend to be on the optimistic side, but it’s not as slow as the...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributors

  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States
  • Mark Baruth, United States
  • Moderators

  • Adam Tonge, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States