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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.

Published: 02.13.2017
The legacy of Willy Ribbs: Indy 500's first African American qualifier
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher

Willy T. Ribbs was one of the original racecar drivers to break the color barrier when he qualified for the famed Indianapolis 500 in 1987.

Published: 02.06.2017
The early years of the great Harley J. Earl
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate

Harley J. Early laid the foundation for modern automotive design producing such iconic cars in our automotive history such as the 1927 Cadillac LaSalle and the Corvette.

Published: 01.30.2017
Henry Ford and the early days of automobile manufacturing
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Not only did Henry Ford helped to put the world on wheels with the invention of his famed Model T, but he also changed the trajectory of worldwide manufacturing with his moving assembly line.

Published: 01.23.2017
The history of Packard Motor Trucks
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Packard Motor Car Co., which built its reputation on luxury models, delved into the commercial truck business in the early 1900s. Packard even produced truck models used as fire trucks and in the war.

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.

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