There’s an old country idiom that says you never change horses midstream. Throughout the decades, a number of automakers boldly challenged this notion and, in the process, created some enduring classics.
Of all the colorful characters and amazing vehicles that shaped American automotive history, bootleggers and their customized cars definitely rank near the gritty the top. Here, Tim Weadock looks at the favorite cars of the moonshiner’s trade and some of the most notable bootleggers who went on to legitimate racing careers.
America’s major automakers ceased production of new cars during World War II, but that didn’t stop the assembly lines from humming. Check out five ways the Big Three helped rescue the country’s economy and create the “arsenal of democracy” that turned the tide of victory for the Allied Forces halfway around the world. In this piece, we take a look at World War II military vehicles such as the Willys MB Jeep, the M-4 Sherman tank and the B-24 Liberator; artillery; and Rosie the Riveter and Women in the Workforce.
What do the greatest college basketball teams and the most successful car companies have in common? All of them had an exceptional leader who paved their way to victory. As fans of college basketball await the chaotic frenzy that is March Madness and car lovers eagerly await warm spring days, the Historic Vehicle Association takes a look at some of the men who led their teams to greatness: Henry Ford, John Wooden, Harley Earl, Adolph Rupp, Lee Iacocca, Dean Smith, Alfred P. Sloan and Bob Knight.
In the second part of our series on historic concept cars, the Historic Vehicle Association looks at cars that automakers have used to prototype styling innovations, new technology and futuristic safety features. With the new car auto shows in full swing, it’s a perfect time to look back at some of history’s more memorable dream cars and prototypes.
Over the years, automakers have used concept cars to prototype styling innovations, new technology and futuristic safety features. With a new lineup of concept vehicles about to take the stage at auto shows around the world, now’s a great time to look back at some of history’s more memorable dream cars and prototypes. Check out the first installment of the Historic Vehicle Association's two-part series.
The Historic Vehicle Association takes a look at cars available by catalog in the past, including the Sears Motor Buggy, Montgomery Word Modoc, and Sears Allstate. We also check out vehicles more recently available in the Nieman Marcus Christmas Book catalog, including the 2012 Ferrari FF Shooting Brake and the 2013 McLaren 12C Spider.
Call it The Boomerang Rule of Cool—everything that fades away will regain its coolness factor at a later date. It is true of fashion, music and, yes, even automobile transmissions. Take a look back at a few once popular transmission styles and see how transmission technology changed throughout history and helped shape the way we drive.