Nostalgia Highway

Two places to discover the history of the Franklin Automobile Company

(September 23, 2014) One of the most interesting and intriguing pages from automotive history concerns the Franklin Automobile Company, which flourished in the first three decades of the 20th Century manufacturing an assortment of luxury cars.

Gilmore Car Museum to officially open Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum

(September 18, 2014) HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. — The Gilmore Car Museum will once again make history as it celebrates the grand opening of the new Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Something extra from Esso in 1938

(September 15, 2014) This classic Esso gas commercial from 1938 is rather interesting giving us a peak into the American service station in the late '30s. Nice theme too — giving a little something extra.

It was a time before such government entities became concerned with leaded gasoline. And note the rather weird and spooky cartoon at the end.

Checker Motor Cars an innovative concept in automobile collection

(September 14, 2014) HAVERHILL, Mass. — The iconic Checker cab returns! Steve Contarino, an avid car enthusiast and collector, has announced formation of Checker Motor Cars, a business dedicated to support the iconic Checker automobile.

On this day in 1899 first U.S. traffic fatality occurred in New York City

(September 13, 2014) On this day in 1899 (Saturday, Sept. 13) the first known traffic fatality occurred in the U.S. When Henry Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street in New York, automobiles were a novelty.  Thus, he didn't look carefully, and was run over by an almost silent electric taxi. 

Cadillac led the way out of hand cranking 102 years ago

(September 11, 2014) DETROIT — With the turn of a key or push of a button, starting a car today is taken for granted. But a century ago, the electric starter that debuted in the 1912 Cadillac Touring Edition helped establish Cadillac’s reputation as a test bed of technology and innovation.

Before the electric starter, it took a hand crank, a lot of muscle, and a bit of hope to start driving.

1972 E-Type Jaguar fetches over $70,000 in London sale

(September 6, 2014) LONDON — A 1972 one-owner Jaguar E-type S3 FHC stormed past its £17,500 ($28,000) - £20,000 ($32,000) estimate to sell for £45,372 ($72,500) at Barons’ British Heritage sale at Sandown Park on Sept. 2. The car was part of the collection of the late David Cheeseman, and attracted a huge amount of interest, with bids coming in over the internet, from three phone bidders and from bidders in the bustling sale room itself.

CMC to produce limited run of Mark 2 by Callum

(September 5, 2014) LONDON — Following the amazing response from car enthusiasts around the world after the launch of the Jaguar Mark 2 by Callum, Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) has announced it will be producing a limited edition run of cars.

Selling the 1937 Plymouth with an effective advertising movie

(September 3, 2014) After watching the 11-minute commercial on the 1937 Plymouth we wanted to jump out of our chair and head to the nearest Plymouth dealer for a test drive. To say the commercial was persuasive is an understatement.

The brand appeared in 1928, Chrysler Corp.'s first entry in the so-called low-priced field, which was dominated by Ford and Chevrolet at the time.

Three tips to protect classic car from mice and rat damage

(September 1, 2014) If you store your classic car, muscle machine, sportster, collector, or restored summer car over the winter, and think it's protected from mice by being locked in the garage or car shed, think again.

An unused, protected vehicle or car puts up a gigantic "Welcome!" sign for mice and rats looking to come in out of the cold. They'll perform unthinkable acts in unimaginable places, and cleaning up their mess will cost you an unbelievable amount of money.

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