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.
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! 😍 🇺🇸
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.
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.
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.
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...