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Published: 04.11.2017
Remembering the 1962 wide-track Pontiac models
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The introduction of the 1962 Pontiac "wide-track" models marked an historically remarkable time in Pontiac's history as well as a shift in styling and design.

Published: 04.04.2017
Life and times of Norman Bel Geddes
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection and Internet sources

Norman Bel Geddes - a native of Adrian, MI - will always be remembered for his unique vision of the future of American life and for his much feted exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair.

Published: 03.27.2017
The early years of Ford Tractors (1907-1961)
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Early in the Ford Motor Co. history, Henry Ford saw the potential for a mass-produced tractor that could benefit the U.S. agriculture industry. The first result was called the Fordson - a shortened version of Henry Ford & Son.

Published: 03.20.2017
Remembering the early years of Rambler/American Motors manufacturing
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The early years of Rambler autos contributed to what would become the largest corporate merger in U.S. history when Nash-Kelvinator merged with Hudson in 1954.

Published: 03.13.2017
Looking back on Opel's early days
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

When General Motors recently sold the Opel brand to French Groupe PSA, an important piece of GM's auto design history found a new chapter.

Published: 03.06.2017
The 1950 Buick offered regal styling and was great for motoring
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

In 1950, Buick introduced a newly restyled line highlighted by the Roadmaster, Roadmaster Deluxe and Riviera. The new models were a hit with the consumer market setting sales records for the GM brand.

Published: 02.27.2017
Syd Mead and stainless steel in a concept for the future
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

The great Syd Mead's 'Futurist' visions were used by many companies including auto and the steel corporations to envision what products and life would be like in the future.

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.

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