On Friday, I showed you some photos Triborough had posted to the Cohort of cars spotted during a Brooklyn shoot for Life on Mars. Because I’d only shared a small portion of these, it made sense to put up a couple more. Readers, if you haven’t already looked in the Cohort, do so now; there is an endless variety of cars on display in its pages, with more added daily.
Here is a fine example of the last year for Satellite convertibles. I think a good job was done by the stylists, merging the old boxy style with the smoother shapes coming out of Mopar studios…
…which are evidenced nicely on this 1974 Charger.
This Fairlane makes for a prettier black FoMoCo coupe than the Cougar at the top of the page, wouldn’t you say?
And again we have two generations of the same manufacturer’s midsize two-door. This time, it’s GM’s A-body, with this 71 Chevelle SS…
…compared to this better looking ’65 Cutlass.
And of course, we have this shot, showing the hubbub that accompanies a professional shoot.
“This Fairlane makes for a prettier black FoMoCo coupe than the Cougar at the top of the page, wouldn’t you say?”
can’t say I agree. I have a strong dislike of stacked headlamps.
Ditto. I want that Cougar. Of course I’d have to regrow (and maybe color) my moustache if I got it.
I think the Cougar is much better looking too.
+1 on the Cougar,I think it’s the best looking American car ever.Make mine a black cherry 68 with a 302 4 barrel and auto please.I even had matching hair and nails to go with my then boyfriend’s black cherry 68,it’s also the best American car I’ve driven.CC effect strikes again,been watching Within Temtation & Tarja’s video of Paradise featuring a Mercury Cougar.
I’ll take Perry’s side on this one… I think.* To the extent I’ve liked the Cougar over the years, I think it’s largely because I’ve thought I was supposed to like it. Sure, as a kid I found the sequential turn signals and hidden headlights cool, but I can’t say I’ve ever been truly impressed with the design as a whole. The Fairlane is more coherent, even if it sits too high above the ground for a coupe. Then again, even dropped a couple inches, it wouldn’t be as handsome as the Cutlass.
* Didn’t Perry recently deride the Fairlane as generic? 🙂
yeah, I’m with you. when I was little, the sequential turn signals on my dad’s ’73 Cougar were the most fascinating thing I had ever seen. It’s partly why I took the plunge and bought a 2010 Mustang GT.
‘course, being disappointed with the performance I traded that in for a 2012 GT 😛
The front wheelbase stretch on the Cougar wrecked the Mustang proportions, in my opinion.
Anyway, I’m jonesing on the Mopars. So much green and bronze-brown, including yesterday’s Coronet. Those ’68-70 B Bodies were Bill Brownlee at his subtle best.
I’ll take the Cougar!
I always liked the Fairlanes of that vintage, especially the coupes. It’s a toss-up between the Fairlane or the Cutlass for me. Nothing wrong with the Cougar, though…preferably with a V8 and a 4-speed.
All the early Cougars had V8s.
I’d take the ’74 Charger over anything else here. I just love the curvy lines and the “boomerang” trim on the quarter windows on the coupes. I just wish it didn’t have the vinyl top and those wheels. That Oldsmobile is beautiful too, and the torque-thrust wheels on it make it look mean!
Perry, did you actually say something nice about this generation of Fairlane during a second go-round on the car?:-) And at the expense of the beautiful Cougar?
The sedan is unremarkable, but the hardtop is quite elegant.
The pick of the litter for me is that beautiful ’71 Chevelle SS and I am surprised no one mentioned it. Even Perry said the ’65 Cutlass was better looking (it’s one generation older btw).
The problem with these, and the 68-72 El Caminos, is that there are so many still around that you almost don’t notice them. But those cars had it all — looks, the right size, excellent build quality, SBC + TH350, killer air conditioning and a chassis so good that it was used as the basis for the ’77 B-bodies that ran until 1996.
Those Cougars as pretty but they were not fun to drive. The seats were so low.
The Fairlane by far is the best looking car. OK I lied but I wouldn’t kick it or the Cougar out of my driveway. I had a friend that had a dark blue 68 XR7 with 390 and auto trans. That car would move, and what a beauty although in his hands it did not stay that way for long. One night around 2:00 am we were cruising around and we wound up in downtown Santa Barbara, about 100 miles north of where I lived at the time. We saw one person walking down the sidewalk, he turned out to be my cousin that I had not seen in about 8 years. And I had no idea where he lived in Santa Barbra. We wound up giving him a ride to his house, is it a small world or what? He was walking home from his job.
That Cutlass would fill my garage nicely. My current Toyota won’t actually fit!
I want every one of those cars
I see both of my parents first cars in that shot! My dad drove a 67 Cougar, pale yellow with a 289. I hope to buy him one just like it someday. And my mom drove a 74 Dodge Dart like that. For obvious reasons, I don’t think she would be all that pleased if I brought her one home haha.
My Uncle commuted daily to the Pentagon in an XR7 that he bought new. It was repainted regularly from fender-benders in the “Mixing Bowl” on I-395. It was a great car! My Cousin drove it as a hand-me-down until the brakes failed on her and she wouldn’t drive it again.
Interesting to see these articles. I don’t think the US version of Life on Mars has come to tv here, and I’ve seen very little of the British version – I never used to watch the whole-season storyline series, such as 24, in the pre-digital/PVR days because missing one show spoiled the whole thing, and its not something I’ve really gotten into since. Just too much time I think plus tv networks often make it hard by moving broadcast timeslots around.