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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: On The Cheap

Editor’s note: After an absence, our friend and colleague Steve Lang has returned to the pixels of The Truth About Cars with some valuable lessons he’s learned about how car auctioneers use shill bidders as part of the process. In … Continue reading

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Vinyl Roofs: The Look Of Luxury

In my post from Mustang Alley at the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise, I included photos of a 1971 Mustang Grandé that, being a high zoot model, bore that affectation of luxury so common in that era, the vinyl roof.  Even … Continue reading

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Automotive Oddities: Festiva Flatbed

The Ford Festiva was one of the most basic cars you could buy.  I know, I owned one. It was marketed here by Ford but was based on a Mazda platform and built by Kia.  The only engine available was … Continue reading

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Another Obscure Wisconsin Car Maker: J. I. Case

In the earliest days of the twentieth century it seemed that nearly anyone with the mechanical skills and access to machinery tried his hand at building automobiles.  Jerome Increase Case didn’t live quite long enough to see the dawn of … Continue reading

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Automotive Oddities: The 2005 Nitzmobile

Some 100 years after Ransom E. Olds introduced his curved dash runabout and Waltham Manufacturing gave us the Orient Buckboard, David Nitz, a southern Wisconsin farmer, designed and built his own version of those early automobiles: the 2005 Nitzmobile, proudly … Continue reading

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Wisconsin’s Other Car Company: Kissel

Wisconsin today is noted for beer, cheese and Harley Davidson motorcycles – in roughly that order. It was also a minor player in the history of America’s automobile industry when, for the better part of a century, it was home … Continue reading

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Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise: Scenes From Mustang Alley

Gear heads at last weekend’s Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise enjoyed clear-blue skies, warm temperatures and thousands upon thousands of examples of the automobile industry’s finest wares including more than 800 Ford Mustangs corralled in Mustang Alley, a five block stretch … Continue reading

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Found by the Side of the Road: A Hooker in Hurley, A Town Proud of its Past

On a road trip exploring old alignments of U.S. Highway 51 in Wisconsin, some buddies and I spotted this lovely tow truck in 51’s northern terminus of Hurley, Wis.  Calling the vehicle the Hurley Hooker is funny enough, I suppose, … Continue reading

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“With the Speed of the Wind and the Simplicity of a Bicycle”: The Orient Buckboard

In the early 20th century automobiles were being manufactured nearly everywhere and by nearly everybody with any kind of mechanical bent. Waltham, Massachusetts became a center for manufacturing in the 19th century, producing everything from textiles to watches to bicycles … Continue reading

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Does This Hunk Of Metal Carry The James Dean Curse?

 This mangled piece of metal is all that’s left of the Porsche 550 Spyder that carried James Dean to a violent death along Route 466 about 25 miles east of Paso Robles, Calif., on September 30, 1955. The rest of … Continue reading

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