The Roundup: December 2015

In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles spotlighting history’s “most significant” automobile, the super rare 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, the story behind three Corvette classics discovered in a Milwaukee garage and more.

A Look At History’s “Most Significant” Automobile



Many people who visit The Henry Ford Museum are surprised to learn that the American auto industry began not with Olds, Buick or Ford in Michigan, but with a pair of inventive brothers in Massachusetts, writes the museum’s Curator of Transportation, Matt Anderson. For the online blog, The Henry Ford, Anderson explains the story behind the 1896 Duryea Runabout — part of the “groundbreaking vehicles collection” at the museum — and its quarrelsome creators, Charles and Frank Duryea, who may well have beaten Ford to the commercial punch had they simply been able to get along. Click here to read the full story.

All Hail The Knucklehead

Motorcycle Classics


For its featured bike this month, Motorcycle Classics offers an in-depth look at the 1936 Harley-Davidson EL. Click here to read about this rare survivor restored by Antique Motorcycle Club of America judge Jim McLean, now sadly passed on. The overhead valve 61-cubic-inch V-twin “Knucklehead” was a milestone motorcycle and one of the most important American bikes ever made.

Rare Corvette Find



What’s better than finding the classic Corvette of yours dream? Finding three of them—two 1957s and a 1963 convertible—in an old garage owned by somebody eager to sell. A routine trip to pick up a junked truck led to this ultimate “barn find” for one Milwaukee area towing business owner. Hot Rod Network details the story (click here) along with pictures of the treasures he found.

The Karl Arnstein Mystery

The Old Motor


Did Dr. Karl Arnstein, chief aerodynamicist of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation of Akron, Ohio — sister company to the German-based Luftschiffbau Zeppelin that built the ill-fated Hindenburg — design the 1934 Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows? Automotive and industrial design historian Hampton C. Wayt delves into the heart of the mystery in this article at The Old Motor. Click here to read the story.

America’s First Long-Distance Superhighway

Old Cars Weekly


One thing that even the most trivia-obsessed traveler might not know about the Pennsylvania Turnpike is that it overcame [the Allegheny Mountains] this ancient barrier by incorporating seven of nine abandoned tunnels left over from a nineteenth century railroad war,” writes Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace’s Gregg D. Merksamer. Click here to read it. In the first installment of a multipart series, Eppinger looks at the major obstacles faced by engineers and construction workers tasked with building America’s first superhighway.