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Spadefan

Dr.Grabow line names automobile model names connection

Ive often read on the forum about the connection of Dr.G. line/model names to cars model names.  While it may be true that some of the Dr.G line names were based on car model names, its apparent the the timeline does not work for others.  Assuming the production dates of the cars I got from Wikipedia are correct, some of the Dr.G line names that match car model names could not have been based on the cars names.  Here is what I got.  After the DR.G line name on the left column is the first year of production by Sparta based on the timeline the forum developed:  http://drgrabows.myfreeforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=4834&start=0

Cars that could have inspired Dr.G model/line names.

Eldorado 1956 Cadillac Eldorado, manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002

Starfire 1956 Oldsmobile Starfire, Starfire nameplate made its debut 19541956

Savoy 1955 Plymouth Savoy, produced from the 1954 through 1964

Lark 1964 Studebaker Lark, "compact car" which was produced by Studebaker from 1959 to 1966.

Belvedere 1955 Plymouth Belvedere produced 1954 1970.

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Cars that could not have inspired Dr.G model/line names as the cars were produced well after Dr.G names established or were discontinued well before Dr.G model/line name used.

Riviera 1956/57 Buick Riviera, produced by Buick from 1963 to 1999.  

Regal 1956 Buick Regal, introduced by Buick for the 1973 model year.

Viscount 1956 Dodge Viscount, Canadian market -  built by Chrysler Canada. It was the equivalent of a Plymouth Fury and was manufactured only in the 1959 model year.

Commodore 1964 Hudson Commodore, produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1941 and 1952.  

Comments and/or corrections please.
pipesbywhitney

I remember reading somewhere in the past there was a Riviera model of the Buick under another Buick line early enough to have made the name available for the pipe model connecting it to the automobile names. Don't remember where though.
Oldredbeard

Amazing information, thank you for posting it sir. I had never thought about trying to line them up.
Fr_Tom

I can't vouch for the accuracy of Wikipedia, but they claim the first Buick Riviera was in 1949.

'The name Riviera, Latin for coastline, was chosen to evoke the allure and affluence of the French Riviera. It first entered the Buick line in 1949, as the designation for the new two-door pillarless hardtop, described in advertising as "stunningly smart".'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buick_Riviera
Spadefan

Fr_Tom wrote:
I can't vouch for the accuracy of Wikipedia, but they claim the first Buick Riviera was in 1949.

'The name Riviera, Latin for coastline, was chosen to evoke the allure and affluence of the French Riviera. It first entered the Buick line in 1949, as the designation for the new two-door pillarless hardtop, described in advertising as "stunningly smart".'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buick_Riviera


Thanks. I see that I should not have relied on the first paragraph only.
Fr_Tom

Spadefan wrote:


Thanks. I see that I should not have relied on the first paragraph only.


It is great info. I had always wondered what came first. Was there a pipe smoker who worked for the automotive industry? Or maybe it was a car enthusiast at Grabow?
Tiki Vegas

At first glance, it would appear that the automotive price points on the cars would correspond to the pipe names accordingly. So, an Eldorado had more cachet than a Lark?
pipesbywhitney

Tiki Vegas wrote:
At first glance, it would appear that the automotive price points on the cars would correspond to the pipe names accordingly. So, an Eldorado had more cachet than a Lark?


And the Studebaker Lark was a smaller car as the Dr. Grabow Lark pipe was a smaller pipe ....
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