Flash Back Friday: Defunct Car Companies

April 5, 2013

We really, really, really miss Pontiac. We still cannot believe our founding franchise is a defunct car company. Thinking about the slickness of the GTO and the Firebird this morning, got us talking. There are a lot of cars from our youth that are no longer made.

Today, we salute you, Cars of Yesteryear!


AMC Gremlin: Because nothing says terry cloth leisure suit and v-neck sweater like this car does.


Checker Taxi: This was actually a car franchise. They made taxi cabs. They were in business from 1922 – 1982.

De Soto

The De Soto marque was officially dropped 30 November 1960, with over two million vehicles built since 1928.


Eagle Talon: These cars were pretty popular. Some of our employees used to work for the Jeep-Eagle store in Maumee before we bought it.


Geo Tracker: When you make a car turquoise and pink, it’s hard for it not to be called a “Chick Car”.


Hummer: We love this brand. We had a special test track in Maumee. You had to be a very skilled Sales Consultant to take customers for test drives and not fall off of a mock-up cliff.

International Harvester

International Harvester Scout: Yes, this IS the tractor company! Who knew? But from 1961 – 1980, they also made an SUV! How cool is that?


Oldsmobile Toronado: Dubbed by Oldsmobile as “The Unmistakable One”, this was surely one of the coolest cars of 1971.


The last vestige of the Overland automobile empire remains in the form of bricks spelling out “Overland” in the smoke stacks at the Toledo factory that once formed the core of Willys automotive empire.


The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last in 1958, in Detroit Motor City.


1966 Plymouth Barracuda: This baby is worth some money these days!


We can’t even talk about Pontiac without getting a lump in our throat.

*choking back tears*

Playboy Motor Cars

We were just as surprised about this as you are! Yes, there is a Hugh Hefner connection. There are currently only about 45 Playboy cars known to still exist in the world. Of those, only about 15 are known to be in roadworthy condition.


Rambler was an automobile brand name used by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company between 1900 and 1914, then by its successor, Nash Motors from 1950 to 1954, and finally by Nash’s successor, AMC from 1954 to 1969. It was often nicknamed the “Kenosha Cadillac” after its place of manufacture.


Saturn: A new kind of car company with no haggle prices.


Saleen in Troy, MI: Officially out of the high performance car manufacturing industry since 2012.

Zastava Koral

Yugo: Rated one of the the 50 worst cars of all time, and officially out of business in 2008.


Okay, so that’s our flash-back Friday! What did we miss? What do you miss?

(images and facts courtesy of Wikipedia)

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