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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.
The 1961 Corvette, America's Sports Car By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection
The 1961 Corvette was a sleek, two-passenger model sports car that most car enthusiasts enjoyed. The revised styling of the Corvette for 1961 reflected the influence of Chevrolet's designed concept car —the XP-700 experimental vehicle that was a part of General Motors- Bill Mitchell's design team at the GM Technical Center in Warren Michigan.
The Early Days of Pontiac Labor/Assembly Lines By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
The Oakland Motor Car Company was organized in 1907, which later, the company began manufacturing Pontiac automobiles for the consumer market. In January, 1926, the first Pontiac vehicle was manufactured for the auto industry. It was created to fill the gap between the Chevrolet and the Oldsmobile production vehicles. The company name was changed to Pontiac Motor Company in 1931-32 when Pontiac took over all production facilities.
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.