The 60s seemed to be a period (American cars) of bigger is better. Used to be incorporated in many ads. Longer and wider! I had a 63 Pontiac Star Chief. The trunk was so long a full size mattress would lay flat in it! Most cars looked like they took a 50s chassis and plopped a body on that was a foot longer and six inches wider on it. Looked to me like the car had little roller skate wheels.
In the 60s Pontiac introduced Wide Track Pontiac. The wheels were out where they should be. IMO the 60s was the time Pontiac was the leader of the GM fleet. My Dad (folks) had a dark blue 66 Pontiac Catalina. Flat out gorgeous car. Plus Pontiac had performance cars.
Japan car companies got the US leaning to the left (not politics) and they went right! We were going bigger on the outside, smaller on the inside, the heck with quality and economy. The Jap cars were small outside, ok inside, economical and high quality. Notably the early Honda and Toyota cars were worse rust buckets than American cars. People in the rust belt were used to rust. Quality, economy and reliability were and are important.
By the way. Considering Tucker. Just what was it that was ahead of it's time? Splain please. I mean in fact, not sales talk. IMO Preston Tucker was similar to the carpet bagger in Music Man.
My '64 1/2 vert. Ordered May '64. D code 4 speed, handling package, caspian blue, accent group, Ford blue manual top.
'68 vert. driver. Owned since Apr '78. C code AT, AC, PS, P disc B, PT lime gold, standard black interior and top. NOS RF fender and left quarter.New top and folding glass.
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