The Roundup: June 2015

In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles profiling one of the most original 1950s hot rods in the world, Toyota’s first car sold in the U.S., GM’s first experimental economy car and more.

The Golden Rod

Hot Rod


Just back from a two-year stint in Korea in 1953, Jack Lentz bought a stock 1932 roadster for $75 and committed himself to transforming the Deuce into a show-stopping custom show car. Last month, Hot Rod Network turned the spotlight on the car Lentz christened the Golden Rod.

The First Toyotas Sold In America



“In 1958, a little Japanese car called the Toyopet showed up in California,” writes Daniel Strohl in this month’s Hemmings Daily. “It got ridiculed. It got amazing mileage. And by the end of the year, it got about 288 sales.” Strohl dives into the long mystery of who made the original sales for a carmaker that eventually took over the world.

Camaro vs. Mustang

Car and Driver


Car and Driver has been pitting the Camaro against the Mustang in road tests since 1968. Check out this retrospective looking at the entire, online history of the magazine’s comparison tests, which includes over 40 vintage photos.

Mercedes Celebrates Indy 500 Victory

Sportscar Digest


Nearly 100 years after Ralph DePalma won the 500-mile race in Indianapolis driving a Mercedes Grand Prix car, Sports Car Digest takes a look at this legendary driver and a car considered one of the most important in the history of racing.

GM’s 1930s Economy Car

The Old Motor


“From 1934 through 1938, General Motors built three small, rear-engined, experimental economy cars,” writes Michael Lamm in this special feature for The Old Motor. “GM’s effort began in 1929 when Charles F. Kettering code-named the project ‘Research Light Car Body.’ More than a body, though, it soon became an entire car, including an all-new and highly unusual engine.” Lamm examines the technology, then usual for the time, of this GM experiment that proved well ahead of its time.