Three Great Cruising Machines for Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2013 will be here soon. While you’re remembering the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, take some time to enjoy some great American pastimes as well. Put some burgers on the grill, maybe toss a ball around, and imagine yourself cruising in one of the great road machines we’re going to talk about in this article Original VW, circa 1979, convertible version:

Three Great Cruising Machines for Memorial Day

Though it was actually built overseas, in many ways this amazing vehicle is as all-American as hot dogs and apple pie (both of which are imports, by the way). How many kids have gone to college, how many songs have been composed, how many love affairs have been consummated, in this tiny, squeaky, uber-dependable little automobile? Face it, we declared it ours from the moment it first set foot on our shores. Mustang, circa 1968, convertible with 302 engine:

Three Great Cruising Machines for Memorial Day

From ’67 to ’73, Ford’s iconic pony car not only got bigger but safer as well. Styling was more prominent, and beginning in ’67 innovations like a thicker crash pad, bigger gauges, and four-way emergency flashers became standard. ’68 saw the introduction of the small-block 302 V8, which gave plenty of cruising power while being kinder to the air we all breathe. Imagine racing down the interstate in this beauty and you may find that fantasy beats reality after all. 1959 Cadillac convertible:

Three Great Cruising Machines for Memorial Day

This is my personal dream machine, and I plan to buy 12 of them as soon as my lottery investment pays off. Everything about it is a tribute to excess, from the obscenely long tail fins to its gas-guzzling 390 cubic inch V8. Yes, it’s a land yacht. Yes, it’s as maneuverable as a beached whale and as politically correct as a kid with candy cigarettes shooting a cap gun. But it’s still my idea of one helluva good time.

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