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Published: 12.10.2017
Early Rolls-Royce models represent automotive excellence
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Even from its founding in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce, the name of Rolls-Royce has always equated elegant styling and precise engineering.

Published: 12.03.2017
John Tjaarda's rear-engine design was Briggs' dream car
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection/The Oldmotor.com

World renowned automotive designer John Tjaarda made a lasting impact on the industry with his early invention of the rear-engine concept design.

Published: 11.27.2017
1961 Cadillac models truly created a new inspiration
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's collection

The 1961 lineup of Cadillac automobiles featured innovative and fresh styling but retained that classic look that had helped build the brand since the beginning. The 1961 Cadillacs are considered some of the finest cars ever made.

Published: 11.21.2017
Ford designer Jack Telnack introduced new concepts
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Jack Telnack etched his design legacy at Ford with the 1979 Mustang, featuring his 'Aero' concept, and with one of Ford's best-selling cars ever, the 1986 Taurus.

Published: 11.12.2017
Plymouth was out to win you over in 1967
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection

Plymouth's iconic 1967 lineup included newly styled versions of the Valiant, Barracuda and Fury models. Plymouth looked to directly compete in the sporty, high-powered car market with other popular models like the Mustang and the Camaro.

Published: 11.05.2017
Looking back at Henry Ford II and his legacy
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Henry Ford II established his own legacy at the Ford Motor Co. through his work to advance the company using research and technology as well as overseeing great and innovative new cars such as the Ford Falcon and the Mustang.

Published: 10.29.2017
The golden age of toy car making: 1920-1940
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The design and manufacturing of rubber and die cast miniature cars and trucks started in the early 20th century and spawned a whole new hobby and cultural heritage enriching our automotive past. The golden age of toy making, not just for miniature cars and trucks, is well documented in Ken Botto's 1970 book, "Past Joys."

Published: 10.23.2017
The early days of drag racing: 1950-1970
By Robert Tate, Automotive Enthusiast and Historian
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The history of drag racing as a spectator sport dates all the way back to 1950 when CJ Pappy Hart organized the very first event in Orange County, California.

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.

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