Archives

Showing Page 1 of 48

Published: 04.24.2017
Looking back on those famous 1930 Ford models
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The 1930 Ford Models not only reflect a very innovative and prosperous era for the Ford Motor Co., but they also remind us of the early days of the Rouge Complex.

Published: 04.17.2017
Remembering the early days of driver's education
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

In the early days of driver's education, classes were offered to young and aspiring drivers via the school system as part of the normal curriculum. Now, parents must turn to private businesses that offer student driver training.

Published: 04.11.2017
Remembering the 1962 wide-track Pontiac models
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The introduction of the 1962 Pontiac "wide-track" models marked an historically remarkable time in Pontiac's history as well as a shift in styling and design.

Published: 04.04.2017
Life and times of Norman Bel Geddes
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection and Internet sources

Norman Bel Geddes - a native of Adrian, MI - will always be remembered for his unique vision of the future of American life and for his much feted exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair.

Published: 03.27.2017
The early years of Ford Tractors (1907-1961)
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Early in the Ford Motor Co. history, Henry Ford saw the potential for a mass-produced tractor that could benefit the U.S. agriculture industry. The first result was called the Fordson - a shortened version of Henry Ford & Son.

Published: 03.20.2017
Remembering the early years of Rambler/American Motors manufacturing
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The early years of Rambler autos contributed to what would become the largest corporate merger in U.S. history when Nash-Kelvinator merged with Hudson in 1954.

Published: 03.13.2017
Looking back on Opel's early days
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

When General Motors recently sold the Opel brand to French Groupe PSA, an important piece of GM's auto design history found a new chapter.

Published: 03.06.2017
The 1950 Buick offered regal styling and was great for motoring
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

In 1950, Buick introduced a newly restyled line highlighted by the Roadmaster, Roadmaster Deluxe and Riviera. The new models were a hit with the consumer market setting sales records for the GM brand.

Published: 02.27.2017
Syd Mead and stainless steel in a concept for the future
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

The great Syd Mead's 'Futurist' visions were used by many companies including auto and the steel corporations to envision what products and life would be like in the future.

Published: 02.20.2017
Remembering the highly successful 1971 AMC lineup
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy The National Automotive History Collection

American Motors Corp. was created from the dual legacies of Hudson and Nash-Kelvinator in order to compete with Detroit's Big 3; using more compact and unique designs, the 1971 lineup proved to be a great success.

Next Page »

Print this PageGoto Top of PageShare This Article
Explore MotorCities:

Sign up to stay in touch!
MotorCities National Heritage Area
200 Renaissance Center, Suite 3148, Detroit, MI 48243
Phone: 313.259.3425  |  Fax: 313.259.5254