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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.
Ford Mustang: History of Iconic Design By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's collection
One of the most iconic American automobiles that is not only exceptionally popular but has also demonstrated consistently strong sales within the automotive industry is the Mustang by Ford Motor Company. I remember being a young kid in April of 1964 when the Mustang was first introduced to the public. I remember the Ford Motor Company advertisement that featured horses running with the vehicle in the commercials. This quickly became one of my favorite advertising themes of that time. I would always run to the television set just to see the commercial.
Auto Heritage Spotlight: Automotive Advertisements of 1916 By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
When you look back over our far-reaching automotive heritage and the history of auto advertising, in your research, you’d have to go back to the very beginning. The automobile was used for many purposes, including to help people travel around the country. To start this great journey through automotive history, let’s go back to the early 1890's when the Studebaker company sold standard farm wagons used for every day hauling or for basic transportation needs. Carriages were also used for every day transportation and played a significant role in traveling for many Americans in the United States.
Remembering Gordon M. Buehrig, One of America's Great Automotive Designers By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
One of the most gifted and a talented designers of all times was the late Gordon Buehrig (1905-1990). He was a great man with amazing talent that many people from all over the world enjoyed. Mr. Buehrig was born on June 18, 1904 in Mason City Illinois. As a young man, he was fascinated by automobiles. Buehrig had spent a year at Bradley College in Peoria, Illinois and later became acquainted with many auto body building firms in Chicago.
The Ambulance: Early Days of Service By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
Looking back on America’s history of the ambulance and the great service it has provided for our community, you have to go all the way back to the very beginning. This week’s story highlights how medical ambulance services began in this country and how they assisted with war time efforts.
The History of Jo Han Models By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection/ Dennis Doty- Model Car Journal
This story is about Mr. John Haenle and how he started one of the most famous and influential toy manufacturing companies in the world. Jo Han Models, a toy and model manufacturing company was started by the late Mr. John Haenle in 1947. The company was located in Detroit, Michigan at 17255 Moran Avenue. Mr. Haenle’s career started at the age of 8 years old building model airplanes.
A Look Back, Mercury’s Sizzling High Performance cars of 1970 By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection
During the 1970's, American car buyers showed an ever-increasing appetite for a variety of premium quality vehicles. In response to that demand, in 1970, Mercury introduced three new youth-oriented models into the consumer market.
The General Motors Technical Center By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection
Some of the most beautiful and admired architectural buildings in the world are located at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The complex was first created by former chairman Mr. Alfred P. Sloan who directed the late former President Mr. Harlow Curtis with a great task of putting this all together during the early stages of its development. Former head of design and VP, Mr. Harley Earl, also played a vital role in this great project and brought aboard the great architect Eliel Saarinen along with his son Eero Saarinen to develop a beautiful one square mile campus.
“Dandy Dick Landy”, Race Car Legend By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection
Mr. Richard J. Landy was one of the best automotive Stock Car/Drag racing drivers in the country during the 1960's and 1970's. His memorable career and performances covers nearly five decades of automotive racing. Racing fans from all over the world called him “Dandy Dick”. He and the Sox & Martin racing team dominated their competition which included other racing groups as well as other manufacturers. The popular Hemi engine that was introduced by the Chrysler Corporation during the 1950's helped to launch Mr. Landy's racing career.
Jordan Automotive Advertising Designs By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
The Jordan Motor Car Company was founded in 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio. The factory plant was located at 1070 East 152nd Street near downtown Cleveland. The company was founded by the late Edward (Ned) S. Jordan (1882-1958). During the early parts of his career, Mr. Jordan worked his way through the University of Wisconsin as a newspaper reporter. Later, his career placed him at the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio. In 1906, he became advertising manager for the Thomas Jeffery Co., maker of the Rambler automobile. He later would become the company secretary, remaining with the Jeffery Company until 1916, the year his own company was founded.