In this episode, Don and I focus on three gearhead things you probably didn’t know about. I have to admit, this stuff has been fun to study up on.
How Mercedes Got It’s Name
This story comes from Autoblog.com. The story involves some big names. Daimler, Maybach and Benz all come up in this story. But where did Mercedes come from?
The Pontiac Acadian, A True Muscle Car
I knew the big three sold several cars with different names in Canada, but I’d never heard of this one. How about the Chevy Acadian? It’s the Canadian badged version of the Chevy Nova. With a little effort I found several of these for sale.
Many of us remember the NUMMI Chevy Nova, a rebadged Toyota Corolla. Although it had nothing in common with it’s predecessor, Chevrolet did offer a twin cam version of the 4 door only car.I don’t know if GM sold the car north of the border, but Canada did get a re-branded Chevy Chevette with the Acadian name.
This rabbit hole could go on and on. Mercury trucks, Chevy Beaumont, etc…
The Crosley V8
I subscribe to a lot of blogs. Searching through my feeds brought me to a Crosley V8 powered scooter. I bookmarked the story.
Then it hit me. Crosley cars were tiny. Some may have considered them micro-cars. You’d expect to see 17 clowns piling out of one in the center ring of the circus. The engines were nothing to brag about, and they certainly never had a V8.
In steps, a racer with an idea and the Crosley V8 is created. Well, mostly Crosley.
Crosley was way ahead of it’s time as far as technology was concerned. Too bad all of their cars looked like adult sized pedal cars. Check out the history on Wikipedia.org for a better look at what we’re talking about.Share This: