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 edition of “The Roundup,” we link you to articles spotlighting the evolution of Camaro, an Oakland 50 that’s been driven by the same family for 100 years, the real man behind Studebaker’s Starlight coupe and more.
Huge chrome grilles are to cars from the 1930s and ’40s as tailfins are to 1950s and ’60s automobiles. In this retrospective, Custom Car Chronicle writer Ric Hoving dives deep into history of the incredible handmade creations of history’s early customizers. Click here to check it out.
The Real Designer Behind Studebaker’s Starlight Coupe
You probably don’t know the name “Virgil Exner.” And that’s a shame. Exner is responsible for the design of one of Studebaker’s most popular automobiles—the Starlight coupe. Click here to check out this story and some great vintage photos from the good folks over at The Old Motor.
Rare Photos Reveal The Evolution Of Camaro
Everybody knows Ford’s debut of the Mustang caught GM by surprise and sent the company into a major tizzy trying to come up with a car that could compete. Hot Rod Network has compiled this wonderful montage of pictures (click here to see it) showing the evolution of an automobile that may have been called “Panther” had Chevy not decided in the end to stick with the habit of using model names that started with the letter “c.”
Classic Advertising, De Soto Style
Pleasant, friendly and humorous pretty much sums up how auto companies used to advertise cars. During the 1950s, De Soto was one of the best at pulling all these elements together. Hemmings Daily pulled together a handful of classic De Soto print advertisements that highlight bygone buzzwords and whimsical phrases like “tip-toe shifting” that the company used to promote “ease of driving” characteristics. Click here to check out the full story and pictures.
One Car, One Family For Four Generations
For the last 100 years, four generations of the Gapp family have enjoyed the same 1916 Oakland Model 50 V8. Lovingly restored—while keeping the car as original as possible—the Gapps only recently began showing the car at various auto shows. Not surprising, but the Oakland is always a standout and has taken home some pretty cool awards. Click here to check out the Auto Week story and slideshow, which includes 25 photos of the car, both inside and out.