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Buick Gallery and Research Center
Looking for that interesting piece of history or that unique auto photo? Head to the Buick Gallery and Perry Archives...

Burton Historical Collection - Detroit Public Library
If it has happened in Detroit, you can learn more by visiting this amazing library that began as the personal collection of one man...

Detroit Auto Scene
Discover Detroit's oldest free newspaper...

Detroit Public Library National Automotive History Collection
The world's largest automotive archive in the heart of the Motor City. Invaluable collections of service manuals, sales brochures, photographs, histories.

Kettering - Scharchburg Archives
Where does an auto buff go to uncover great stories and facts about Flint's auto history? One location is the Scharchburg Archives...

Michigan State University Labor Library
If you are looking for information on labor relations or labor history, the MSU Labor and Industrial Relations Library is one place to start...

The Henry Ford-Benson Ford Research Center
All things Ford reside in this state of the art research center as well as a vast collection of nationally important and seemingly unending amount of automobile related research materials...

University of Michigan- Bentley Historical Library
What did Detroit have to do with the Good Roads Movement?...

Walter P. Reuther Library Archives
The best stop in the United States to explore the nation's labor story...

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Story of the Week:

Published: 08.26.2015
Remembering the “Mod Top," Plymouth's Floral Top Car Design
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian & Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
Mod Top vehicle owned by collector Dave Goodwin

I remember years ago attending the Kruse International car show/auction in Auburn, Indiana and for the first time looking at a 1969 Barracuda “Mod Top” automobile that was on display. I knew at that moment that this car would forever be a part of our automotive history and culture. In 1969, the ‘flower power’ psychedelic period which many people still have many fond memories off was prevalent in many aspects of the 1960’s culture. Also at that time you were probably listening to the great sounds of the American folk singing trio Peter Paul and Mary singing “Leaving on a Jet Plane”. Perhaps you were even enjoying the sounds of the great Jimi Hendrix.

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