Category Archives: Automotive History

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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The Car, The Milestone, The Mustang

The Mustang at 50.  It’s a milestone that some people don’t achieve, let alone an automobile.  The Chevrolet Suburban and Corvette are the only two U. S. name plates that have been around longer and the Corvette’s history is a … 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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Tools For The Smart Car Shopper, 1934

Knowing my penchant for old maps, a friend of a friend sent me a large envelope full of midwest road maps from the 1930s that had been stashed away at the home of a relative.  Nestled amongst the Illinois and … Continue reading

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Coming to Detroit For the Auto Show? An Almost Complete List of Sites of Automotive Interest In and Around the Motor City

The Detroit area is filled with locations that are important to the history of the automobile industry. In some cases the buildings where the history was made still stand, in others, like 58 Bagley, where Henry Ford built his first … Continue reading

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This May Be The Holy Grail Of Wisconsin Maps

  My research into the history of Wisconsin’s highway system has led me to building a collection of maps, some originals, some copies.  Among them are official highway maps from the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s as well copies of … Continue reading

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The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer

I’ll be reviewing student filmmaker Joe Ligo’s documentary on the AMC Pacer for The Truth About Cars in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy. We’ll be posting a plethora of Pacer pics to go with the documentary.

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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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1924 Auto Red Bug Speedster, An Early Urban EV

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 First called the Flyer, and originally made by A.O. Smith (which … Continue reading

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1923 Kissel “Gold Bug” Speedster

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 As a followup to Marty’s post about the Kissel Kar company, … Continue reading

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