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Remembering a great legacy of George BarrisBy Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and ResearcherImages courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
George Barris may be best remembered for his iconic Batmobile, but his career of auto customization stretched over decades and over hundreds of vehicles.
A brief history on the Product Miniature CompanyBy Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and ResearcherImages courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection
The Product Miniature Company (1946-1965) produced some of the most collectible toy vehicles once used widely for marketing and advertising by auto companies such as Chevrolet and International Trucks.
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel one of the great wonders of the worldBy Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and ResearcherImages courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
The early 20th-Century construction of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was at the time and remains one of the world's modern construction marvels.
Cadillac: Standard of world advertising from 1930s-1970sBy: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ResearcherImages courtesy of Robert Tate's collection
From the early days, Cadillac has set the industry standard in auto advertising with clever, sleek and memorable advertising campaigns.
Looking back on the early days of Ford trucks By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ResearcherImages courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
The genesis of the tried and true Ford truck line started in 1905 when Ford manufactured vehicles specifically built for commercial transportation and shipping.
The great Automotive Illustrations of Harold Cleworth By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ResearcherImages courtesy of Harold Cleworth's portfolio
Famed automotive artist and illustrator Harold James Cleworth has worked for a wide variety of car manufacturers over a long career, but got his start with his depiction of a 1950s Mercedes Gull Wing.
Remembering the great legacy of Louis Chevrolet By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ResearcherImages courtesy of Robert Tate's collection
Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss-born auto engineer and racecar driver who started one of America's most endearing automotive legacies with the Chevrolet Motor Car Co.
The Innovative Design of the 1948 - 1952 Hudson By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
After the war had ended, the automotive manufacturers were looking for both new ways to sell automobiles and to more innovative automotive designs to offer. In 1948, the Hudson Motor Car Company introduced a new model which featured many novel and popular accessories. The 1948 Hudson models became a huge success among consumers. Most people thoroughly enjoyed its new appearance.
The First Ladies of Automotive Design By: Robert, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection
As we take a look back over our American history and its influential automotive/industrial designers, we would be at a loss if we did not recognize the women pioneers who contributed to the success of automotive industrial design. For starters, Ms. Margaret E. Knight was an engineer along with her niece Ms. Beatrice Davidson; they both designed and engineered the K-D automobile in 1912. During the 1930's, a few companies began hiring female designers. Ms. Betty Thatcher Oros joined Hudson in 1939 and later became a very successful designer and talented artist. Hudson was among the first automotive companies to employ women designers full time, by hiring Betty Thatcher in 1939.
Metro Detroit: Capital of Automotive Dealerships By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection/ Robert Tate collection
This story is about the early days of auto dealerships and how important Livernois Avenue was to the automotive industry years ago in Detroit, MI. As we look back in the earliest days of automotive history, we often wonder how many auto dealerships even existed during the birth and rise of the automobile.