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Published: 10.17.2017
Remembering the Packard DeLuxe Eight automobiles
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Even as the Great Depression was starting to take its toll on the American public and especially automotive sales, the Packard Motor Car Co. produced the DeLuxe Eight 840 and 845. These cars were some of the industry's most well built and well styled vehicles to date.

Published: 10.09.2017
The early days of automotive styling
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Over the years, there has been many great names who have contributed to America's great automotive and industrial design legacy.

Published: 10.04.2017
The 1937 Lincolns were stylish automobiles
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The Lincoln brand was an early trendsetter for luxury vehicles that were affordable for much of the domestic auto market. Starting in 1937, the now merged Ford-Lincoln brand produced some of the most elegant autos of that era.

Published: 09.25.2017
John DeLorean was a true car person
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection

Despite having his career overshadowed by legal troubles later in life, John DeLorean was a highly talented engineer and designer having advanced his way up General Motors' corporate ladder.

Published: 09.18.2017
Remembering a concept car legend, the Mako Shark II
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's collection/General Motors Archives

When GM first introduced the now iconic show car, the Mako Shark II, its highly innovative styling and design features made a major splash among automotive enthusiasts.

Published: 09.10.2017
Unit body construction impacted 1960 Chrysler models
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The automotive industry has a long tradition of being at the forefront of technology and innovation when t comes to styling and manufacturing - and the year 1960 was no different. The introduction of the unit-body construction offered consumers smooth rides and more driving comfort.

Published: 09.05.2017
Before cars, there were bicycles
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Not long after the revolutionary invention of the bicycle, many Americans were racing each other on roads and on wooden tracks in events that would last up to six days.

Published: 08.27.2017
Looking back at the Pontiac Ghost Car
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection

Introduced at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, the Pontiac Ghost Car stands as a highly unique and significant part of our automotive heritage as the country's first-ever transparent made automobile.

Published: 08.22.2017
Automotive manufacturing before the computer age
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The moving assembly line at Henry Ford's famed Highland Park plant was considered revolutionary for its time. Generations later, the dawn of the digital age would inspire a new revolution in the automotive industry. Read more in our latest Story of the Week from Robert Tate!

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.

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