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Hagerty Employee

5 of the most American vehicles to wear red, white, and blue

On this Fourth of July, we're taking a look back at some of the most America-centric vehicles ever sold. These are the cars and trucks that leave no doubt as to their origin and purpose. You might think that it would be easy to just drape the stars and stripes over any car, but the U.S.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/lists/5-of-the-most-american-vehicles-to-wear-red-white-and-blue/
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Snailish
Engineer

1976 GMC Bicentennial edition Van

1976 International Harvester Scout Patriot Bicentennial edition

Bicentennial F150s appear to have gone with Blue, white and gold...

I feel that there are a lot more others could post just from 1976.
MRFIXIT1599
Intermediate Driver

The first car I recall as a child was my parents 1972 Olympic Sprint Mustang. Not sure if i came home from the hospital in it.
Rust killed it, and a very brown Fairmont Futura replaced it in 78 or so.
gpsuya
Advanced Driver

1970 AMC Rebel 'Machine"
DUB6
Specialist

   I think that autos that honor - in some way - the tradition of sporting the red, white and blue, are an appropriate article to post for the Fourth of July.  Thanks for this, Brandan!

   There is a flag decal in the back window of my vehicles, and you can be sure I'll have a real one flying on the Pontiac when it goes out this weekend.

Man Talking To Tiger While Flying U,S, FlagMan Talking To Tiger While Flying U,S, Flag

   I know that our country has its problems, and I know that we citizens don't always agree on everything, but I truly hope that we will all celebrate these UNITED STATES this weekend.  It is a country that I truly love!  😍 🇺🇸

MustangJim
Technician

Well said and your car is gourgous!
DUB6
Specialist

Thanks, man.  It looks better in pictures than in person, trust me.  But it's certainly not ugly.

Tinkerah
Engineer

You can say it looks better in pictures than in person but I'd gamble it sounds, runs and drives better in person!
MustangJim
Technician

I agree with Tinerah.  Besides, everything looks better in pictures, even us old men. 

Tinkerah
Engineer

Can't "Like" this enough. Even with all our problems, and I'll go there with anyone in a different venue, it's the best country on Earth. Evidenced by how many are trying to get in vs. out.
mcs1000
Intermediate Driver

How can you leave out John Greenwood's Corvettes from an article like this?
DUB6
Specialist

Pretty legit question, if ya ask me!  😁

SteveGambinoVMV
Pit Crew

Exactly what i was about to write! 🙂
171
New Driver

Greenwood’s paint scheme was my favorite Stars & Stripe theme. BF Goodridge’s too. 

hyperv6
Racer

It was Red White and Blue. The Heinz Corvette racer but it was in the Northern Virginia Battle flag pattern. 

Good story on it and Greenwood.

 

Greenwood did his cars in the American flag for Marathon Gas company. He also was sponsored by BFG. To counter this move Goodyear offered Heinz a tire deal and to troll his buddy Greenwood he did the Confederate colors. 

This was before the politically correct times and was a good natured ribbing of two buddies. Today both cars are in the hands of collectors. 

Stingray2016
New Driver

Agreed. 1969 Greenwood Racing corvette. No contest.
Snailish
Engineer

Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America should get a mention?

Evel Knievel didn't shy away from the stars and stripes either.
DUB6
Specialist

Oooo - good additions!  👍

Smilodon
Instructor

Spirit of America should have been #1. Why, Hagarty?
RickL
Advanced Driver

When my Dad drag raced a SC/Rambler at Lebanon Valley, NY in the early 70's, my brother and I along with our father had the AMC Red/White/Blue Racing Jackets we would wear. We were a pretty sporty looking crew.
Truax
Intermediate Driver

Hey Rick
do I you remover a 60 Pontiac called the Road Runner at Lebanon Valley?
RickL
Advanced Driver

Hmm. Don't recall. Stock eliminator car?
SteveGambinoVMV
Pit Crew

and while on the subject of drag racing.... where's Sox & Martin ??!??!?!?!? 😮
Geezer91
New Driver

Sox & Martin definitely flew the red, white and blue down the track with great authority. Loved their paint schemes.
jfleach1
New Driver
LamboEd
Detailer

Great theme for today! But the Viper does not fit, its not red, white, and blue!
Jpdelpozo
Intermediate Driver

The Viper screams American just like the Corvette!
topside
Advanced Driver

I recall Chevys and Buicks also having patriotic schemes for the '76 model year, and I think Chrysler got in on that in a more limited way. Nobody went as big as AMC, though, which I s'pose is right and proper when "American" is part of the company's name !
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Can you get more American than an AMC in Red White and Blue? Plus their name begins with American.
SJ
Technician

Viper, really! Weird. There are so many other cars that fit the bill much better, especially since patriotic markings seem to be the theme here.
Snailish
Engineer

Rambler American...?

JBBearcat
Advanced Driver

Any Jeep deserves a mention. 🙂
But if you want a specific factory model, the red-white-blue 1973 Super Jeep (they also made a yellow version) or a 1971 Hurst Jeepster.

I have a M38A1 (looks like a early CJ-5) that I'm restoring in Air Force blue, there are plenty of red fire Jeeps around (many military surplus) and some civilian white units out there.

Then remember the odd 2WD DJ-5 postal Jeeps from the '70s...they were red-white-blue.
Jkad
New Driver

1976 Buick Free Spirit had a wild red white and blue scheme. Friend's dad in high school had one in showroom condition til late 90's or so.
Smilodon
Instructor

Looked like a US flag banner waving down the side, yes? I think I remember that.
rootine4
Pit Crew

Big miss on the Grand Sport Corvettes!
RJB36
New Driver

The pillars of American cars began with Olds, then the Model T. As they evolved, many significant innovations to the automobile industry were created by more than a paint job or putting a truck engine in a cramped two seater. The Corvette development dwarfs what the Viper was. The '66 Olds Toronado was an innovative creation that spearheaded front wheel drive in the US, and many modern cars look like scaled down versions. I doubt there are many places where people won't do double takes when a '57 Chev, '64 Mustang, '59 Cadillac convertible or a '40 Ford Woodie drives past. If you had titled this story: Images reflecting the Fourth it would have been more appropriate.
GEORGEG
Pit Crew

What about the Spirit of 76 Duster
Jpdelpozo
Intermediate Driver

The VIPER! But then the AMC Javelin turned many heads back in the early 1970's!
Tim2
Intermediate Driver

When I last researched this Chrysler,or stelantis now has the most American content of the big three.i used to own a Honda CR-V,and a local used to give me thumbs down when I drove by.i stopped one day and asked him why he did that,he said because I drove a non- American car. I showed him the made in Ohio placard, and then proceeded to show him his made in Mexico placard on his Ford f-150. I currently own 4 Chrysler products.
SteveA
Intermediate Driver

It"s not where a car is assembled that makes it foreign or domestic but the nationality of the parent company and ultimately where the company profits go to the benefit which society.
Snailish
Engineer

So Dodge Charger is Dutch! (Stellantis is incorporated out of Amsterdam).

 

I'm not sure The Netherlands is reaping to full benefit of the Stellantis empire.

 

I think in the evolving situation of a few global automakers (we seem to be in a consolidation era  --blink and five years from now I think there are less separate companies) we may have to rethink how we look at this.

 

Does it really matter where a car comes from? (Maybe).

 

The only automaker with a plant within 4 hours of where I live is Honda. It's actually in the same county as me. Now granted they only produce a couple of models there... but splitting hairs those models have the most direct impact on my local economy so those are what we should all drive here? PS --I'm not from Japan.

 

But then, some people live near a company that makes parts (i.e., a Magna branch) so do they get to choose from any vehicle with a high local content as "their patriotic own"?

 

And what if history make me identify a Dodge Charger as an American car and the marketing of the past 20 years supports that... but those lists they do had Charger in the top 15 of "being American" around 2015 and it seems to have fallen off the top 100 list in recent years.

SteveA
Intermediate Driver

Good reply shellfish but Honda will always be Japanese.and I'll always buy American given a choice and there's plenty of that.
Inline8OD
Technician

GM is a multinational, not a US company.   Certainly not since the 1970s.

Toyota, Honda have huge assembly plants employing thousands of Americans.   F-150s source parts, many,  from around the world.

Read Thomas Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree,  and The World Is Flat.

 Many of us here gathered have cars half a century, pushing a century old, just as we like some music, literature, art, architecture,  civil engineering from long ago.  But we don't live in the past.

TG
Technician

I have read that only 5% of the revenues of a car sale go into it's assembly... perhaps someone can fact-check me on this, but forgetting about where the revenues goes and who's livelihoods you are or are not supporting goes a long way into why we used to be a manufacturing giant and now we are on a fairly steady course for becoming the world's largest 3rd world country
Reinhold_Weege
Instructor

If one believes in free markets, one should only purchase products from nations with free markets. That's pretty much going to rule out Europe and Asia. If examples are required, I can provide them.

As for the Dodge Charger being on/off a "most American" list; read the fine print of most such lists... They factor in sales numbers (i.e., a 90% US parts content car that sells 50k per year is rated lower than a 70% US parts car that sells 90k per year).
Snailish
Engineer

I agree 100% on the fine print of those lists. One of the more readily available ones was pretty open that they completely changed their rationale/algorithm after the 2019 list.

 

I find the lists interesting. I also find it interesting that we need the lists?

 

Free market is a big topic. Some of the "more free" markets still have commodities like corn that aren't as free... My supposed free country runs milk production like a cartel as one obvious to all of us citizens example...

Billthecat707
Instructor

Or should it be where the car is built and the plant workers( little guys) get paid?
Jr1
Intermediate Driver

The parts that are assembled in America, are manufactured in Japan, and the profits go to the Board Room in Japan, and the workers in Japan get the biggest paychecks.

My daughter works in the financial services district in Boston. She has to be very careful with the iinformation that passes by her desk. Names, addresses, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, etc. The company is sending the work to India where people off the street do the work using all that information. Their work is sent to my daughter, every day, and she has to work 10 hours to fix all the errors. Isn't it re-assuring to know that some $2.00 per hour girl in India has your name, address, SS#, bank account#, and your balance, and is making decisions about your retirement account.
Jr1
Intermediate Driver

I lived in Massachusetts and worked for an American company located in Ohio. I used to visit the headquarters there for training each year. As I drove my Chevy or Pontiac into the parking lot, there were guards at the entrance directing me to the close-by parking lot and the VW guys were directed to park "Way over there" in the foreign car lot, which required a 10 minute walk to get into the building. The message was clear... If you work for an American company, you buy American goods.
My brother worked for GE in a manufacturing plant. Each day when he went to work, he was greeted by signs that said "Save your Job... Buy American". One day as he entered, under the banner was a notice on the bulletin board, announcing their agreement to purchase the items he manufactured, from a company in Japan.
avideo
Detailer

The 2004 C5 Corvette had a Commemorative Model with a Red, white and Blue paint job.