Hooniverse Mad Men Weekend – The Cars of Mad Men, According to MSN Autos

Yes, I thought I would fall back onto another list, not necessarily a ranking list, but a list none the less. This is a list of cars of the Mad Men series according to MSN Autos. It is quite comprehensive, but I’ll let you see if you agree with it….

According to MSN Autos:

Here are the 10 most noteworthy machines resurrected by the show, along with some context — the cars’ estimated cost then and now, and modern-day equivalents that mirror the good, the big and the occasional ugliness that defined the formative years of modern American car culture.

– #1: 1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible, Price: $3,820 to $4,300 then, as much as $49,000 to $88,000 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? The $42,000 2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet.

– #2: 1957 Ford Country Squire, Price: Roughly $2,000 then, $12,900 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? A 2010 Ford Explorer, which starts at $29,280.

– #3: 1962 Checker Marathon Taxi, Price: $2,500 then, $20,000 to $30,000 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? The $29,865 Ford Escape Hybrid.

– #4: The Ford Model TT Truck, Price: $365 to $450 then, $2,500 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? The $16,365 Toyota Tacoma.

– #5: 1961 Dodge Polara Sedan, Price: Roughly $3,000 then, $3,200 to $13,700 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? The 2010 Chrysler Sebring ($20,120 to $32,710).

– #6: 1962 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Price: $7,000 then, $15,000 to $50,000 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? The 2011 CTS-V Coupe, which starts at $62,165, is a direct descendant of the Coupe de Ville.

– #7: 1962 Mercury Colony Park, Price: $3,219 then, up to $18,000 for other 1960s Colony Park Wagons. MSN’s equivalent for today? The Audi Q7, starting $46,900.

– #8: 1934 Ford Sedan (Hotrod), Price: Who knows? MSN’s equivalent for today? If a 2010 version of Don were to get misty over anything, why not the 1968 Mustang GT?

– #9: 1957 Chevrolet 210 2-Door Sedan, Price: $2,100 to $2,700 then, up to $21,650 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, which runs $27,415.

-#10: 1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible, Price: $5,400 to $5,775 then, $56,000 to $60,000 now. MSN’s equivalent for today? The BMW M6 Convertible, which starts at $108,150.
So, do you agree with this particular listing? See the full article here.

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  1. RichardKopf Avatar

    Polara to Sebring?

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Right. the Polara was the top Dodge, so it goes against the current Charger sedan. Also, I'd say the current equivalent to the Checker is the Ford Transit Connect taxi – designed mostly as a commercial vehicle with only marginal private use.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        You are — as usual — spot-on in your assessment, in both cases.

  2. rtfact32 Avatar

    Wow this is wrong in just so many ways…auto-articles written by non gearheads are always good for a chuckle….or ten.
    How on earth does a '57 Chevy equal a CV/PI? And a Ford Model TT, the HEAVY-DUTY Ford line equaling a Tacoma? And I LOVE to see GM advertisement dollars hard at work, so that nice '62 Caddy just HAPPENS to coincide with a '11 CTS-V. Same thing goes for the Country Sedan…it would more likely be a Highlander.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I would think that a '57 Chevy 210 would align more to the current Malibu: GM's mass-market, mid-priced family sedan. However, I would also toss out the Ford Fusion as an equally appropriate (though non-GM) domestic equivalent.

  3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Considering that the Ford Model TT had gone out of production 35 years before the time in which Mad Men was set, I would think "today's equivalent" would actually be an early '70s F-150.
    <img src="http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/1970-1979-ford-trucks-31.jpg"&gt;

  4. RahRahRecords Avatar

    pic #8 is a 36 ford, but I don't have to tell you guys that