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Four Links – Far-Out Pontiac Concepts, Defender Reborn, Imbued with Hues, Auto Camps

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With concept cars like the 1977 Firebird Type K station wagon, the Corvette-challenging 1964 Banshee XP-833 coupe and the 1954 Bonneville Special, GM’s Pontiac division continually demonstrated a willingness to push the boundaries of automotive design in an effort to attract young buyers focused on performance. Not all of its design concepts are so well known, and with the division’s demise in 2010, some of its bolder concepts have been largely forgotten, so Mac’s Motor City Garage recently took a look at five examples, built from 1955 to 2000, that are worth remembering.


Land Rover Defender

Land Rover’s beloved Defender ended production in January of 2016, and a new model, built for worldwide distribution, is set to (eventually) take its place. As Ran When Parked reports, the old Defender may not be dead just yet, as a British industrialist is in discussion with Jaguar Land Rover to buy the manufacturing rights and possible the tooling (but not the name, which remains with Jaguar Land Rover). Sourcing an engine that meets emission standards in a variety of global markets will be just one of the challenges a reborn model will likely face, assuming the two parties can come to terms on the basics.


1941 Packard convertible

Colorization of old black and white photos is an art form, and Patty Allison of Imbued with Hues is a master of her craft. The Old Motor recently featured a selection of her work, including shots of a two-tone 1941 Packard (with the “Electromagnetic Clutch” that “Let your Left Foot Loaf!”) and a 1938 Buick being loaded into a rail car with not much room to spare. Compared to surviving early color photographs, the world in Patty’s work looks both far more appealing and far more realistic.



Americans have long had a love for the automobile and a love for camping in the great outdoors. If you’ve ever wondered how and where those two paths converged, Atlas Obscura tells the story of the Auto Camp, the forerunner to today’s campgrounds and RV parks. Auto Camps grew in popularity throughout the 1920s, but the forced migration prompted by the Great Depression cast such facilities in a negative light. A warning from J. Edgar Hoover, stating that the camps were the “new home of crime in America,” rife with “disease, bribery, corruption, crookedness, rape, white slavery, thievery and murder,” probably didn’t add to their appeal, either.