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1950 Oldsmobile led in performance and fashion

(October 3, 2014) Oldsmobile introduced its Rocket engine in 1949, an overhead valve V8 design the took the place of the aging flathead straight-8, which was popular in the 1940s. The engine produced considerably more power than the flathead engines putting Oldsmobile at the forefront in performance.

Remebering the Chevrolet Chevette

By Casey Williams
MyCarData

(October 1, 2014) The first car I ever drove was my grandfather’s Chevy Chevette. I wasn’t even 10 when he took me into his field and moved to the passenger seat. I thought I was really something romping around the “bottom 10” in that little beige two-door ‘Vette with vinyl seats, automatic transmission, and AM radio. It didn’t have power steering or brakes.

Final 2014 Mopar ‘Top Eliminator HEMI Heritage’ winner to be selected

(September 27, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The eighth annual Mopar “Top Eliminator” competition went online Sept. 26 to find its fourth and final winner for the 2014 edition of the program that recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their restyled, accessorized and performance-enhanced Chrysler Group vehicles.

Packard designs a halo car in 1953, the Caribbean

(September 23, 2014) Packard introduced the Caribbean convertible in 1953 as a "halo" car to attract customers back to the brand, which had lost its premium brand luster after World War II. The convertible was based on the Pan American concept car shown at the 1952 New York International Motor Show.

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.

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