Category Archives: Orphan Cars

Automotive Oddities: The AMC Am Van

“Struggling American Motors” was such a familiar phrase in news accounts of the company in the 1970s that one could be forgiven for thinking that “struggling” was part of its name. Banks had been extending credit through successive years of … Continue reading

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Look What I Found: It’s Not What You Think

  Rummaging around some of my photos from earlier this year, I stumbled on images of a car that was parked outside the hotel I was staying at in Dearborn during the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. I always had a … Continue reading

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Automotive Oddities: A Yugo (Still on the Road?)

Lists of ‘best’ or ‘worst’ cars are always subjective, of course, and influenced strongly, if not entirely, by the biases of the writer.  Look at every list of ‘worst’ cars you can lay your hands on, though, and one car … 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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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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“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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Newly Orphaned Cars: Survivor Series 1967 Pontiac Bonneville Two Door

To view the entire photo gallery in your choice of 2D or stereo 3D formats, click here for a Flash player or here for an HTML applet There’s just something about the wild styling of this ’67 Bonneville that speaks … Continue reading

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Newly Orphaned Cars: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

To view the entire photo gallery in your choice of 2D or stereo 3D formats, click here for a Flash player or here for an HTML applet Mercury used the Cyclone name mostly for its version of Ford’s performance cars. … Continue reading

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Newly Orphaned Cars: 1968 Mercury Cougar

To view the entire photo gallery in your choice of 2D or stereo 3D formats, click here for a Flash player or here for an HTML applet The 2012 Orphan Car Show is this weekend in Ypsilanti. Their rules say … Continue reading

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