Sixty years ago this month, one of automotive history’s most radical looking factory experimental vehicles appeared on the cover of Hot Rod magazine. Looking as though the entire top had been shorn off save a single, shark-like fin directly behind the driver, the “Mermaid Merc” was unlike anything else ever conceived or designed up to that point. Built specifically for the 1957 Daytona Speed Trials by Bill Stroppe and other Mercury crew/team members, the Mermaid was created for one reason—speed.
While old car photos hold a certain level of fascination, there’s nothing like some old film footage to really make automotive history come alive. Check out this short film edited by Joe Santacroce showing a shipment of Buicks being unloaded on August 1, 1928 at the New York Central Rail Road Freight yard on their way to New York’s Broadway Garage.
This article originally appeared in Hemmings, written by Daniel Strohl, on July 21, 2017. Graham Blue Streak photographed in front of Amos Northup’s house. Photo courtesy Historic Vehicle Association. “Too radical,” they said. Indeed, Amos Northup’s design for the 1933…
More than 80 years ago this month, America’s first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, ushering in an era of pure Americana as millions gathered in their cars to watch the latest blockbusters, horror and sci-fi B-movies and grindhouse classics. Read on.
One-of-a-kind ’64 Impala takes its rightful place in the pantheon of American auto history
Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about Preston Tucker’s “other” car, a visit to Jay Leno’s garage, a trip to the property of an obscure micro-car hoarder, and more.
Beauty, it’s been said, is in the eye of the beholder. In the world of custom vehicles, aesthetic beauty is admittedly subjective, but one thing that can’t be disputed is a vehicle’s historical significance. To follow-up the center-stage appearance of the Hirohata Merc at this year’s Cars at the Capital in Washington, D.C., this month we decided to take a look at five more of the interesting customs from the heyday of the trend.
Can you feel it? Summer is finally in the air and, with it…wait for it…the summer car show season! This month, the Historic Vehicle Association presented awards at four prestigious events across the country. Read on to learn more and share your events in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page.