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Published: 09.11.2014
Remembering the Legacy of Frederick S. Duesenberg
By – Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images - Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection

Mr. Frederick Samuel Duesenberg was born in Lippe, Germany on December 6, 1876. In 1880, he was brought to the United States by his mother when he was just four years old. The family moved to Rockford, Iowa where Mr. Duesenberg began working for a farming manufacturing company at the age of seventeen. It was there he learned about the mechanics of how machinery within the industrial world worked.

Published: 09.03.2014
Ford’s Space Travel Designs of the 50’s
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection/Bob Tate's Collection

In 1957, Mr. George W. Walker was the Vice-President and Director of styling for Ford Motor Company. From an automotive perspective, it was the best of times because automotive designers could watch his or her creative dreams become reality. Exterior and Interior Designers worked side by side to create forms and new ideas for both the immediate and the distant future automotive designs. One of the most classic automobiles to come out of Ford Styling was the Lincoln Zephyr of the mid-thirties and the original Lincoln Continental models, which are all still very popular among collectors today.

Published: 08.26.2014
1950's Designing Women of Packard
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

One of the most rewarding things about being an Automotive Historian is that you can always find historical research from the past that somehow today becomes a new, relevant, yet exciting story to share in the present. As a historian, I had some knowledge of Mrs. Dorothy Draper and how she helped create new ideas and fashion trends for the 1952 Packard automobiles. However, I had no idea who Mary Ellen Green was. Hopefully, this story can take us back to a place in our automotive heritage where we can remember two very talented women who were able to express their ideas and creativity on paper and impact Packard's automotive styling.

Published: 08.19.2014
A Glimpse of Motor Coach History
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher.
Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection.

When you look back at the early days of General Motors coach transportation systems, much of its initial history began with the General Motors Truck & Coach manufacturing plant located in Pontiac Michigan. This was a division of the Yellow Truck & Coach manufacturing. During the 1930's, a full operation was available to assemble motor coach transportation for American citizens who needed and were dependent upon public transportation.

Published: 08.12.2014
History of Studebaker Trucks
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

When you hear the word Studebaker, the first thing that will probably come to your mind is the great wagons and automobiles that were produced by their company many years ago. The Studebaker Company also produced and manufactured many trucks for the consumer market. An example is the early commercial lines of 1902-1917 or perhaps the popular 1916 Studebaker standard one -ton Express truck that sold for $1200 dollars. I have always been a great fan of the Studebaker Company and have always enjoyed their great products.

Published: 08.04.2014
Remembering General Motors - Class of 1970
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher
Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's collection

The 1970's was a time for many changes within the automotive industry. 1970 was the year the “Big 3” introduced their new line of design vehicles for consumers everywhere. For General Motors, the 1970’s Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, Opels, and Pontiac models provided a wider range of prices, models, colors and options than ever before. It was also a year of progress for safety features and new ideas within their automotive designs. In 1970, Chevrolet introduced the new Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the public, which would eventually become a huge success for the General Motors Corporation. The Monte Carlo proved to be a sales leader throughout the 70’s. It was a totally new personal luxury car from Chevrolet.

Published: 07.28.2014
The 1918 Cadillac – A Historic Achievement
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The year 1918 was a time when American men and women were engaged with the war time activities in Europe during World War I and President Woodrow Wilson was serving in the White House. Just to put things in perspective, in 1918, five pounds of flour cost $.35 cents and a new home cost the consumer $4,821. It was this year that Cadillac made a significant contribution to the United States and the world during World War I.

Published: 07.21.2014
The 1949 Studebaker: Great Post War Styling
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher.
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The Studebaker Company had a long yet interesting history when it came to manufacturing automobiles and trucks. During their early years, the five Studebaker brothers took a $68 investment and started a blacksmith shop company. That same company would go on to become one of the largest wagon and carriage works of the early days of manufacturing.

Published: 07.14.2014
The Lost 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept Car
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The Chrysler Norseman was a design concept model built under the direction of Mr. Virgil Exner in 1956. To build this remarkable vehicle, the project cost $150,000. This was one part of a series of Chrysler’s advance models which were considered the automobile of the future. The Noresman offered new electrical and styling innovations that most companies could only dream of at that time.

Published: 07.07.2014
Celebrating 100 Years of Dodge: The Dodge La Femme
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher

During 1955-56, Dodge offered a specific model made especially for women, the La Femme. The complete Dodge model lineup was introduced to the public on November 17, 1954; however, the Dodge La Femme models didn’t arrive until spring of ’55.

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