Category Archives: History

No, Jalopnik, Electric Cars Weren’t Ruling the Road in 1916

Helen Newberry Joy’s 1914 Detroit Electric. Her husband, Henry Joy, ran Packard. To view the entire photo gallery in 2D or your choice of stereo 3D formats, click here for a Flash player , here for an HTML applet, or here for an HTML5 … Continue reading

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Is This Engine The Reason You Drive From the Left Side of Your Car?

It seems so logical. Public roads are divided into at least two lanes. In the U.S. we drive on the right hand side of the road. Therefore, it only makes sense that we would sit on the left side of … Continue reading

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Thomas B. Jeffery’s first Rambler was not a car

In 1897 Thomas B. Jeffery, a bicycle maker from Chicago, built himself a rudimentary automobile. He was pleased enough with the result that he gave up the bicycle business, bought a defunct bicycle factory in Kenosha, Wis., and created one … Continue reading

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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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A Most Unusual Way to Sell Cars

Humor can be an effective advertising tool even if you’re selling cars. In 1969 American Motors produced a television commercial for its mid-sized Rebel that is considered by some to be one of the best TV car spots ever created. … Continue reading

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Look What I Found: 1952 Lancia Aurelia

  Lancia’s future is shrouded in uncertainty. Currently it markets its cars in just central and western Europe and offers just four models, two of which, the Thema and the Voyager, are very thinly disguised U.S. market Chryslers. Rumors circulated … Continue reading

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Automotive Oddities: The Magic Skyway Mustang

Lee Iococca left no marketing stone unturned when the Ford Mustang was launched in 1964.  It was a happy coincidence, perhaps, that the New York World’s Fair would be opening about the same time as the Mustang’s introduction, giving Iococca … Continue reading

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A Horse By Any Other Name?

As the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary approaches (I will be attending the celebration in Charlotte, N.C.) and we reflect on the rather singular accomplishment of an automotive nameplate staying in continuous production for half a century, we might also reflect … Continue reading

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Roy Lunn Gallery: AMC Eagle 4X4

To view the entire photo gallery in 2D or your choice of stereo 3D formats, click here for a Flash player , here for an HTML applet, or here for an HTML5 viewer Roy Lunn helped create what we today call the SUV as … Continue reading

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