In this month’s web roundup, we link you to articles spotlighting the history of the ZL1 Camaro, the first modern safety cars, a collection of over 200 Nash vehicles resting at the bottom of Lake Michigan and more.
A Mythic Muscle Car
Never heard of Fred Gibb? Then check out this great historical retrospective on the original “triple-threat” modern muscle car. With its 427-cubic-inch engine, the original ZL1 was never intended for production vehicles. Hot Rod Network contributor Barry Kluczyk explains how Gibb used Chevrolet’s COPO (Central Office Production Order) special-order system to produce the legendary Camaro ZL1. From there, he traces the many design and engineering evolutions that gave rise to the modern 640 horsepower powerhouse Camaro enthusiast know today. Click here to for the full story.
Once Upon A Time
Remember when cars were all built by hand? We don’t either. But this photo collection featured last month in The Old Motor is a great reminder of how hands-on the trade used to be. Click here to check it out, along with some links at the end of the article leading to more assembly line images archived by the Detroit Public Library.
The First Modern Safety Cars
Ralph Nader gets a lot of credit for compelling modern automotive manufacturers to build safer cars. But as Hemmings Daily contributor Daniel Strohl points out, an effort to design safer cars for drivers and passengers didn’t exactly start with him. From Henry Ford to Preston Tucker, Strohl offers a great look back at some of the first car designs that tried to use safety as a selling point. Click here to check it out.
“The world’s largest collection of 1929 and 1930 Nash Motors automobiles exists not in a museum,” write MLive reporter, Garret Ellison, “but rather entombed in the frigid depths of Lake Michigan.” This intriguing article looks at the sinking of the Senator, which went own in 450 feet off water off the coast of Wisconsin in 1929. Onboard were 268 brand-new Nash vehicles bound for dealerships in Michigan and across the Midwest. According to the handful of underwater explorers who have actually seen the wreck, reports Ellison, many of the cars are all very much preserved and still lined up “in neat little rows” inside the ships crumpled hold. Wow. Click here to read more.
A Rebuild In 130 Pictures: 1962 Bryant Special Indy Roadster
Here’s another one to help scratch your Indy 500 itch. The good folks over at Hot Rod Network look at the transformation of a castoff old relic that was transformed into one of the most photographed and talked about Indy cars at it debut at the 2016 Indy 500. Click here to check out the slideshow and learn some of the history behind the incredible Bryant Special.