The Roundup: July 2016

In this month’s web roundup, we link you to articles spotlighting some rare old video of Boston Fire Trucks in action, the upcoming auction of CSX2000 (the very first Shelby Cobra ever produced), a 1950s era European rocket car that never made it into production and more.

Rare And Old Fire Truck Footage

The Old Motor

Earlier this month, The Old Motor brought some attention to the rich history of big city firefighting and the vehicles used by the Boston City Fire Department circa 1930. Compiled by Norman “Doc” Zaffater, the action packed video shows firefighters and various firefighting machines (including an American LaFrance tiller truck) on the scene of a real fire. Click here to check it out.


First Shelby Cobra, CSX2000, Headed To Auction



Got eight figures to spend on an automotive legend? RM Sotheby’s announced earlier this month that their August Monterey sale running August 19th and 20th will feature the very first Cobra ever built—a prototype owned and used by Carroll Shelby himself. The car, with chassis designation CSX2000, will be going up for auction for the very first time in its 54-year history. Click here to see the full story in Auto Week.


Spotlight On “Slope Hood,” International Harvester’s First Modern Truck



“Jim Allen and John Glancy’s forthcoming book, International Scout Encyclopedia, promises to cover everything a Scout enthusiast would want to know (and more),” reported Hemmings Daily earlier this month. Octane press sent Hemmings a few bonus stories that didn’t make the book’s final cut, including this interesting look back at the first “modern” International truck, the 1915-’23 “Slope Hood.” Click here to get a link for the book and to read more.


Borgward’s Traumwagen: The European Dream Car That Never Came True

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“While 1950s concept cars are typically associated with American automakers,” writes Hemmings Daily contributor, Kurt Ernst, “a few European companies were pushing the design and engineering envelope at roughly the same time. To demonstrate what the future of the automobile might look like, German automaker Borgward challenged its engineers and designers to start with a clean sheet of paper, and the result was the rocket-styled Traumwagen, German for Dream Car.” Click here to read Ernst’s report.

Richard Teague: Automotive Renaissance Man


Somehow this March installment of Motor Cities “Story of the Week’s” slipped past us, but we’re betting we’re not the only ones. “Richard Teague’s work with AMC during the 1960s cemented his status among great designers in the industry and his place in the history books,” remembers Richard Tate, a friend of Teague, in this fact-filled remembrance of a man considered one of the greatest designers in American automotive history. Click here to check it out.