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Published: 01.17.2017
A brief history of 1966 Chevrolet and Corvette factories
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's collection

America's post-war auto factories helped strengthen the country's middle class by providing well paying jobs and security.

Published: 01.09.2017
Remembering the 1967 Detroit Auto Show
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Over the past 50 years, the North American International Auto Show (once the Detroit Auto Show) has become an important piece of local and national automotive culture.

Published: 01.03.2017
1957 Chrysler models were great looking cars
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

New and attractive styling along with Virgil Exner-designed tailfins for the 1957 Chrysler models created quite a stir in the consumer market along with increased sales for Chrysler.

Published: 12.27.2016
The 1969 Dodge Coronet was classic muscle
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher

When Dodge introduced the 1969 Coronet lineup, the stylish and compact muscle car became an overnight success.

Published: 12.19.2016
Looking at the great history of hood ornaments
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher

From the Bugatti Dancing Elephant to the Cadillac La Salle Silver Swan, automotive mascots - or hood ornaments, as you might know them - were once the height of artistic design and creativity.

Published: 12.12.2016
You Just Know it's a Packard
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive Collection

The Packard Motor Car Co. not only distinguished itself with great styling for its 1948-49 models, but strong and creative marketing also helped make the company tops in the luxury car market post-WWII.

Published: 11.30.2016
Marie Luhring: First female truck designer
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Marie Luhring fought through social norms of the early 20th century to carve an historic career in the male-dominated field of industrial and auto design.

Published: 11.15.2016
A brief history about the Chevrolet Corvair
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate

Before being brought down by bad publicity spurned by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, the rear-engine mounted Chevy Corvair was very popular with motorists when first introduced in 1960.

Published: 11.07.2016
History of Hot Wheels
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's collection

Mattel's Hot Wheels was introduced in 1968 and has retained a steady popularity among youths and collectors for nearly 50 years.

Published: 10.31.2016
Charles Brady King: The man who ignited a revolution
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection

Charles Brady King has been cast in history as the first record person to drive an automobile, but he also was a well respected inventor and engineer.

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