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Published: 08.13.2017
1937 LaSalle marked high point for brand
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

New styling and engineering features introduced for the 1937 LaSalle promoted the highest sales volume historically for GM's luxury brand. The success, however, didn't last long as LaSalle as a stand-alone product was discontinued by 1940.

Published: 08.06.2017
1972 was one of the great years for Pontiac design
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's collection

In addition to the iconic GTO models produced for 1972, Pontiac produced other American classics that year including the Firebird Trans Am, Grand Prix and others.

Published: 08.02.2017
Rosie the Riveter and the Yankee Air Museum
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the Yankee Air Museum

The Yankee Ar Museum in Ypsilanti Township, MI, does a great job preserving and honoring the legacy of all the Rosie the Riveters - including Mary Kooistra Otto, whose granddaughter now works at the museum.

Published: 07.24.2017
Looking back at the great career of Bruce Kaiser
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of kaisercarart.com

Automotive artist and illustrator Bruce Kaiser's depictions of 1950s and 1960s pop culture stand out as some of the best muscle car nostalgia work today.

Published: 07.17.2017
Ford's 1966 lineup featured innovative styling, new features
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

The 1966 lineup for Ford featured a blend of innovative styling and design features while keeping Ford's classic look and feel intact.

Published: 07.11.2017
The 1938 Graham was as stylish as it was radical
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

Perhaps a little ahead of their time, the Graham brothers - Joseph, Robert and Ray - would put into production one of the more innovative and controversial early auto designs with their 1938 lineup with the 'shark nose' front-end radiator.

Published: 07.05.2017
Remembering the great design legacy of Tom Gale
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Jesse Alexander and Robert Tate's Collection

Credited with leading design teams for vehicles such as the Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler, designer and engineer Tom Gale left behind a great legacy at Chrysler when he retired after 33 years.

Published: 06.26.2017
The year 1978 was a great era for Oldsmobile
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

Oldsmobile was ahead of its time and made its mark on the automotive consumer market when the company introduced its 1978 lineup of models.

Published: 06.26.2017
The year 1978 was a great era for Oldsmobile
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's collection

Published: 06.19.2017
Remembering the legacy of Henry Joy
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

During his lifetime, Henry Joy established himself as an industrial pioneer through his success leading the Packard Motor Car Co., but he also was involved with a number of national initiatives - the impact of which can be felt today.

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