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Gm Pulls Plug On Last Of The Road Hogs

The last Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac Fleetwood, Chevrolet Caprice and Impala SS models will roll out of a General Motors Corp. plant in Arlington, Texas, sometime next year, victims of changing automotive tastes, GM said Tuesday.

The move represents the end of an era.

“These are the big, heavy-bodied cars that tamed the frontier of the highway,” Michael Marsden, dean of arts and sciences at Northern Michigan University and a scholar of the automobile in American culture.

The Roadmaster, Fleetwood and Caprice are direct descendants of Detroit’s iron of the ‘50s and ‘60s, when tail fins, acres of chrome and massive V-8 engines symbolized the strength of the nation and its carmakers.

Three Ford models are the only comparable vehicles still on the market.

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