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C.H. Wills: The Man Who Produced the Wills Saint Claire, Part One

C.H. Wills: The Man Who Produced the Wills Saint Claire, Part One

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Childe Harold Wills was a considerable presence in the early development of the automobile, first with Ford and later producing his own car that was a technological marvel. This is the first of a three-part article about the man and his automobile. …keep reading

The Columbia Car: Reliable, Simple to Operate and Ready for Action

The Columbia Car: Reliable, Simple to Operate and Ready for Action

Auto Biography
In the late 1800s, as fewer bicycles were being sold, the Columbia Electric Car seemed like a good way for Albert Pope to keep his factories busy. …keep reading

HRG: A Gentleman's Racer

HRG: A Gentleman's Racer

Auto Biography
From 1936 to 1956 (with a gap for the War years), HRG made only 241 cars and it is thought that 225 survive. That's an unheard of 94% survival rate. (Of that number, about 25 are in the U.S.) Most of these cars are still in use, and some continue to compete. …keep reading

Rauch and Lang Electrics: Cars of Social Prestige

Rauch and Lang Electrics: Cars of Social Prestige

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Rauch and Lang was one of the finest, most expensive, and longest lasting of the early electrics. It oozed luxury and was de rigueur of the social set. …keep reading

Cord: A Different Roadability

Cord: A Different Roadability

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Its front-wheel drive was innovative; its design was low, sleek and daring; and many owners loved it. The Cord, both the L-29 and the later 810/812s, won speed race awards and design accolades. Even though the Cord was never a great commercial success, it's definitely a classic we'd all love to own. …keep reading

Earl Cars: Better Looking — Better Built

Earl Cars: Better Looking — Better Built

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
There were hundreds of different makes and models of American cars in the twenties. Among them was the Earl of Jackson, Michigan. …keep reading

Chrysler Royal

Chrysler Royal

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Disappointed with the sales of the radical Chrysler Airflow, Chrysler was looking for a more traditional automobile. …keep reading

Winton: The King of Cars

Winton: The King of Cars

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
The Winton caught the public imagination, first when it was introduced in the late 1890s, again when it was featured on a 1995 US postage stamp, and yet again in 2003 when PBS aired "Horatio's Drive" about the car's famous trek across the US …keep reading

Waverley Electric

Waverley Electric

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Clearly, electric vehicles are nothing new. Many of the early horseless carriage cars of the early 20th century were battery powered. Here's the story of one of them. …keep reading

Holsman Highwheeler Motor Buggy (1901-1911)

Holsman Highwheeler Motor Buggy (1901-1911)

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
In the early days of automobile production, folks were still wondering about how to use a horseless carriage. To answer this question, in 1901 Henry K. Holsman started the Holsman Automobile Company and built one of the most successful "highwheelers". …keep reading

The Chevrolet Masters

The Chevrolet Masters

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
The thirties and early forties were good and innovative years for the Chevrolet marque. From 1934 through 1942 Chevrolet "mastered" the market and captured the popular imagination. …keep reading

Hudson Terraplane

Hudson Terraplane

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Introduced in the depths of the Great Depression, the Terraplane offered comfort, power, durability and reliability at a lower cost that the competition. …keep reading

DIVCO Delivery Truck

DIVCO Delivery Truck

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Seen in every neighborhood in the 40s and 50s, this icon of suburbia still maintains its original charm. …keep reading

EX-122: The 1953 Motorama Corvette

EX-122: The 1953 Motorama Corvette

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
This in-depth article traces the history of a very special car. …keep reading

The 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster

The 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
You wouldn't be entirely wrong if you said the Jeepster was the original "crossover" vehicle, since it was trying to be a passenger car while retaining it's "Jeepness". …keep reading

Lincoln Zephyr

Lincoln Zephyr

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
In 1951 the Museum of Modern Art selected the Lincoln Zephyr as one of the best pre-war automotive designs, calling it the first successful American streamlined car. …keep reading

The Saga of the Stainless Steel Fords

The Saga of the Stainless Steel Fords

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
Very few people are aware that three Ford models were fabricated from stainless steel. Here's their story …keep reading

1935 Dodge DU Coupe

1935 Dodge DU Coupe

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
Designed to appeal to well-to-do college students, the '35 Dodge DU is a real looker! …keep reading

1966 Oldsmobile 442

1966 Oldsmobile 442

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
In the mid 1960s, Oldsmobile jumped on the muscle car bandwagon in a big way with it's beefed up F85 Cutlass, called the Oldsmobile 442. …keep reading

1975 Cosworth Vega

1975 Cosworth Vega

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
John DeLorean was looking for a high-performance version of the Vega that would appeal to the youth market. Enter Keith Duckworth of Cosworth Engineering. …keep reading

1962 Buick Wildcat: Wouldn't You Rather Drive a Buick?

1962 Buick Wildcat: Wouldn't You Rather Drive a Buick?

Auto Biography
Buick was a marque with a grand tradition of value and features that appealed almost exclusively to upper middle class males. By 1961 Buick's management decided to go high-performance …keep reading

1958 Pontiac Bonneville

1958 Pontiac Bonneville

Auto Biography
It's hard to believe now, but in the mid 1950s the Pontiac brand was equated with older buyers. Much like Buick today, Pontiac was languishing in the GM stable and had the image of being a so-so vehicle that hardly anyone noticed. To solve the problem, GM executives brought in "Bunkie" Knudsen, the now-famous auto executive who was known to work miracles …keep reading

MGB: The Sports Car America Loved First

MGB: The Sports Car America Loved First

Auto Biography
Morris Garage, or MG, first advertised its sports to American audiences in 1947 by introducing the TC model. MG introduced the MGB in 1963. Widely considered one of the best true sports cars …keep reading

1960 Ford Sunliner - The Forgotten Ford

Auto Biography
It was the widest Ford ever produced and probably the widest passenger car ever sold in America. It was a half-inch wider than the gargantuan 1959 Cadillac, so we're talking big, big cars here …keep reading

Studebaker Avanti

Studebaker Avanti

Auto Biography
In 1961 the Studebaker company was in financial peril. The Board of Directors hired Sherwood Egbert to take over the struggling company and bring it into competition with the Big Three. Egbert loved fast cars …keep reading

1950 Ford

1950 Ford

Auto Biography
Although all Fords looked nearly identical during the 1949-1951 model years, there were drastic differences underneath. The 1950 Ford was a vast improvement over the 1949 version …keep reading

1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

Auto Biography
Anyone who ever watched Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" knows what an Alfa Romeo is. Many hadn't heard of the marque before the movie, but Alfa Romeo goes back a long long way …keep reading

1960 Plymouth Valiant

Auto Biography
In 1957 Chrysler management heard about Ford's upcoming Ford Falcon and Chevrolet's planned Corvair. so plans were launched to produce a competitive "compact" car of their own …keep reading

1965 Chevelle SS 396

1965 Chevelle SS 396

Auto Biography
After the introduction of the GTO, Ford and Chrysler struggled to get out competitors to the Pontiac supercar as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, at GM's other divisions things were heating up …keep reading

The Corvair

Auto Biography
Much has been written about the Corvair. Ralph Nader's book had nothing to do with the demise of the car. GM cancelled the product line 18 months before his book came on the shelves. Here's the true story …keep reading

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