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Published: 07.21.2014
The 1949 Studebaker: Great Post War Styling
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher.
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The Studebaker Company had a long yet interesting history when it came to manufacturing automobiles and trucks. During their early years, the five Studebaker brothers took a $68 investment and started a blacksmith shop company. That same company would go on to become one of the largest wagon and carriage works of the early days of manufacturing.

Published: 07.14.2014
The Lost 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept Car
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The Chrysler Norseman was a design concept model built under the direction of Mr. Virgil Exner in 1956. To build this remarkable vehicle, the project cost $150,000. This was one part of a series of Chryslerís advance models which were considered the automobile of the future. The Noresman offered new electrical and styling innovations that most companies could only dream of at that time.

Published: 07.07.2014
Celebrating 100 Years of Dodge: The Dodge La Femme
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher

During 1955-56, Dodge offered a specific model made especially for women, the La Femme. The complete Dodge model lineup was introduced to the public on November 17, 1954; however, the Dodge La Femme models didnít arrive until spring of í55.

Published: 06.29.2014
A Look Back at Vintage Corvette Advertising
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

Looking back at the development of the Corvette, credit must be given to General Motors for creating a sleek, stylish, and exciting sports car that is still loved today by people everywhere. The Corvette was styled under the direction of Mr. Harley J Earl, who was responsible for design/ styling at General Motors. The first Corvette model made its introduction at the Motorama show in spectacular grand ballroom of New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel in 1953. It would later tour major cities throughout the United States.

Published: 06.23.2014
Joan Cuneo: First Lady of Motorsports Auto Racing
By Ė Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher
Images Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

In the early days of automobile racing, Mrs. Joan Newton Cuneo was one of the first women to compete for a racing title. Her journey started when she acquired her first automobile, a 1902 Loco mobile Steam car.

Published: 06.16.2014
Remembering the Classic 1947 Buick
By: Robert Tate -Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images provided by The National Automotive History Collection/Robert Tate's collection

After the war had ended, many Americans began to look for new automobiles to purchase. Buick offered a new styling model for 1946 and 1947 that was admired by consumers across the nation. The 1947 Buick models offered functional styling with a new wing-tip grille design, in addition to numerous mechanical improvements all contributing to an outstanding performance and design. The 1947 Buick models were produced in three series and offered nine unique body styles.

Published: 06.11.2014
Nicola Wood: Master of Classic Automobile Paintings
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images courtesy of the Nicola Wood Gallery / NicolaWood.com

Artist Nicola Wood has an extraordinary talent for painting classic automobiles. Her paintings are loved by many people both near and far. Nicola is one of the world's most gifted artists who creates masterpieces with her paintings. She masterfully recreates the look and feel of automotive heritage from the past with special attention to detail.

Published: 06.04.2014
Willow Run: Home of the Corvair
By - Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images provided by The National Automotive History Collection/ Robert Tateís collection

One of General Motorsí most revolutionary designs was the Corvair which was introduced to the public in the fall of 1959. Designed as a response to their foreign competitors like Volkswagen, the Corvair also targeted more fuel-efficient and economy-minded buyers throughout America.

Published: 05.25.2014
Diamond T Motor Trucks: A Memorial Day Tribute
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images - Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

As many Americans honor their love ones on this special Memorial Day, we cannot forget the men and women who were served in Americaís War-Time battles. This is a story about the wartime activities and accomplishments that took place within the factories. It is also a story of men and women served on the Diamond T Motor Truck company work force in Chicago and their contribution on the battle grounds during this time.

Published: 05.19.2014
The Early Days of Outdoor Camping
By - Robert Tate - Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images - Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Well, itís that time of year again when families are beginning to look at their vacation schedule and perhaps plan their fun places to take the family camping. The MotorCities National Heritage Area is an affiliate of the National Park Service and its members enjoy the great outdoors as they travel to parks across the nation.

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