The Truth About Cars » A Pictorial History http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 A Selective History of Captive Minitrucks, Part One: When America Couldn’t Compete http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/selective-history-captive-minitrucks-part-one-america-couldnt-compete/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/selective-history-captive-minitrucks-part-one-america-couldnt-compete/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1227377 I was having a conversation with a female friend a few weeks ago and she admitted to having “fooled around” in no fewer than four different brands of minitrucks during the Nineties and Oughties. I suppose in her case that would be the Noughties — but that’s besides the point. I should also mention that […]

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I was having a conversation with a female friend a few weeks ago and she admitted to having “fooled around” in no fewer than four different brands of minitrucks during the Nineties and Oughties. I suppose in her case that would be the Noughties — but that’s besides the point. I should also mention that […]

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Duesenberg Model J Murphy Body Roadster – One of These Is Not Like the Other. Can You Spot the Fake? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/duesenberg-model-j-murphy-body-roadster-one-of-these-is-not-like-the-other-can-you-spot-the-fake/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/duesenberg-model-j-murphy-body-roadster-one-of-these-is-not-like-the-other-can-you-spot-the-fake/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=788073 One of these cars is not like the other. A while back I wrote about the replica Duesenberg Murphy Roadster that former GM designer Steve Pasteiner’s Advanced Automotive Technologies fabricated for someone who owned a real Duesenberg. The person who commissioned the replica wanted to be able to drive in that style without risking damage […]

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One of these cars is not like the other. A while back I wrote about the replica Duesenberg Murphy Roadster that former GM designer Steve Pasteiner’s Advanced Automotive Technologies fabricated for someone who owned a real Duesenberg. The person who commissioned the replica wanted to be able to drive in that style without risking damage […]

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“… The Engine Sounds A Bit Agricultural” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/the-engine-sounds-a-bit-agricultural/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/the-engine-sounds-a-bit-agricultural/#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 07:09:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=681570 I’m sure that it’s a cliche to say that as a writer I try to avoid cliches. While gearshifts often do fall readily to hand, it’s not a good idea to put that in every review. Not long ago another writer (and I wish I could remember who it was to give him credit) was […]

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I’m sure that it’s a cliche to say that as a writer I try to avoid cliches. While gearshifts often do fall readily to hand, it’s not a good idea to put that in every review. Not long ago another writer (and I wish I could remember who it was to give him credit) was […]

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Automotive Wayback Machine: The Jam Handy Organization Archive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/automotive-wayback-machine-the-jam-handy-organization-archive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/automotive-wayback-machine-the-jam-handy-organization-archive/#comments Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372253 You may never have heard of Henry Jamison “Jam” Handy, but almost a century before TV producer Matthew Weiner conjured up the fictional persona of ad man Don Draper, Jam Handy was inventing and shaping the way Americans bought and sold consumer goods, particularly cars. Along the way, he also shaped the way we learn […]

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You may never have heard of Henry Jamison “Jam” Handy, but almost a century before TV producer Matthew Weiner conjured up the fictional persona of ad man Don Draper, Jam Handy was inventing and shaping the way Americans bought and sold consumer goods, particularly cars. Along the way, he also shaped the way we learn […]

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The Automotive Photographic Art of Zoltan Glass http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/the-automotive-photographic-art-of-zoltan-glass/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/the-automotive-photographic-art-of-zoltan-glass/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 16:55:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399623 Zoltan Glass was an amateur car racer and professional photographer who shot many of the major racing events in Germany in the 1930s as well as shooting commercial photography for automotive clients like Mercedes Benz, Horch and Auto Union. Glass, however, was Jewish so things started getting difficult for him after the National Socialists came […]

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Zoltan Glass was an amateur car racer and professional photographer who shot many of the major racing events in Germany in the 1930s as well as shooting commercial photography for automotive clients like Mercedes Benz, Horch and Auto Union. Glass, however, was Jewish so things started getting difficult for him after the National Socialists came […]

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Beep Beep! Nash Metropolitans That Are Not Waiting for the Crusher http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/beep-beep-nash-metropolitans-that-are-not-waiting-for-the-crusher/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/beep-beep-nash-metropolitans-that-are-not-waiting-for-the-crusher/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496893 One of the things that makes Murilee Martin’s Junkyard Find series so engaging is not just his fine writing and photography, it’s the elegiac nature of the subjects and their settings. As with any elegy it’s hard to come away without a sense of sadness, at what was and is no longer and at what […]

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One of the things that makes Murilee Martin’s Junkyard Find series so engaging is not just his fine writing and photography, it’s the elegiac nature of the subjects and their settings. As with any elegy it’s hard to come away without a sense of sadness, at what was and is no longer and at what […]

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A Walk Down The Memory Lanes Of The Japanese Car. Tour Guided By Lexus LFA Engineer, With 92 Never Before Released Pictures http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/a-walk-down-the-memory-lanes-of-the-japanese-car-tour-guided-by-lexus-lfa-engineer-with-92-never-before-released-pictures/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/a-walk-down-the-memory-lanes-of-the-japanese-car-tour-guided-by-lexus-lfa-engineer-with-92-never-before-released-pictures/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:56:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486827   Last weekend, we were in Kuniyoshi, Chiba, the peninsula across Tokyo Bay, to check on some old cars. This is what and who we met. TTAC’s cross-cultural adviser, Frau Schmitto-san walked by what looked just like the 360 Subaru we test-drove a year ago in Japan. Minutes later, we saw a skinny, bespectacled man […]

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  Last weekend, we were in Kuniyoshi, Chiba, the peninsula across Tokyo Bay, to check on some old cars. This is what and who we met. TTAC’s cross-cultural adviser, Frau Schmitto-san walked by what looked just like the 360 Subaru we test-drove a year ago in Japan. Minutes later, we saw a skinny, bespectacled man […]

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The Encyclopedia of Obscure Concept and Show Cars: Part Five – Pontiac to Volvo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-five-pontiac-to-volvo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-five-pontiac-to-volvo/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484785 All good things, even obscure and maybe even not so good, must come to an end. You can see previous installments of the Encyclopedia of Obscure Concept and Show Cars here, here, here, and here. Oldsmobile, Packard, Plymouth. Another dead brand with obscure concept cars in this part of the alphabet is Pontiac. This is their Rageous concept from […]

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All good things, even obscure and maybe even not so good, must come to an end. You can see previous installments of the Encyclopedia of Obscure Concept and Show Cars here, here, here, and here. Oldsmobile, Packard, Plymouth. Another dead brand with obscure concept cars in this part of the alphabet is Pontiac. This is their Rageous concept from […]

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The Encyclopedia of Obscure Concept and Show Cars: Part Four – Mitsubishi to Plymouth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-four-mitsubishi-to-plymouth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-four-mitsubishi-to-plymouth/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484784 It started with a photo of a strange looking Pinto with a targa style roof and it metastasized into an encyclopedia of just about every concept car you never heard about. Part One, Acura to Chevrolet, is here. Part two, Chrysler to Ford, is here. Part three, Honda to Mercury, is here. Mitsubishi likes three letter acronyms […]

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It started with a photo of a strange looking Pinto with a targa style roof and it metastasized into an encyclopedia of just about every concept car you never heard about. Part One, Acura to Chevrolet, is here. Part two, Chrysler to Ford, is here. Part three, Honda to Mercury, is here. Mitsubishi likes three letter acronyms […]

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The Encyclopedia of Obscure Concept and Show Cars: Part Three – Honda to Mercury http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-three-honda-to-mercury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-three-honda-to-mercury/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484783 Continuing with our look at long forgotten (and some not so long forgotten, but forgotten just the same) concept and show cars from the major automobile manufacturers. Part One, Acura to Chevrolet, is here. Part two, Chrysler to Ford, is here. Sure, once you see it, the Honda SSM (Sports Study Model), first shown at the Tokyo […]

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Continuing with our look at long forgotten (and some not so long forgotten, but forgotten just the same) concept and show cars from the major automobile manufacturers. Part One, Acura to Chevrolet, is here. Part two, Chrysler to Ford, is here. Sure, once you see it, the Honda SSM (Sports Study Model), first shown at the Tokyo […]

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The Encyclopedia of Obscure Concept and Show Cars: Part Two – Chrysler to Ford http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-two-chrysler-to-ford/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-two-chrysler-to-ford/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484782 Part One, Acura to Chevrolet, is here Yesterday, we started are look through concept and show cars from major car companies that may have slipped your attention by being rather obscure. I delight in the obscure and the unusual, figuring that not everyone needs more pics of ’69 Camaros or ’58 Isettas. We continue with […]

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Part One, Acura to Chevrolet, is here Yesterday, we started are look through concept and show cars from major car companies that may have slipped your attention by being rather obscure. I delight in the obscure and the unusual, figuring that not everyone needs more pics of ’69 Camaros or ’58 Isettas. We continue with […]

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The Encyclopedia of Obscure Concept and Show Cars: Part One – Acura to Chevrolet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-one-acura-to-chevrolet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-encyclopedia-of-obscure-concept-and-show-cars-part-one-acura-to-chevrolet/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:30:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484786 Is it a cliche to say that as a writer I try to avoid cliches? Anyway, I do try to avoid the word legendary (see Dash Parr on being special), but some concept and show cars are, well, legendary. Not in the sense, of course, that people tell grand tales about them but because they […]

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Is it a cliche to say that as a writer I try to avoid cliches? Anyway, I do try to avoid the word legendary (see Dash Parr on being special), but some concept and show cars are, well, legendary. Not in the sense, of course, that people tell grand tales about them but because they […]

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In the Year 2525 – The Best Cars of Science Fiction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/in-the-year-2525-the-best-cars-of-science-fiction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/in-the-year-2525-the-best-cars-of-science-fiction/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482697 The best science fiction tells human stories set against a backdrop of strange worlds or futuristic cities. Because pacing and plot are more important than lengthy, accurate descriptions of the technology at work in those worlds, most sci-fi writers don’t spend a lot of time on the various machines their protagonists use. We might know […]

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The best science fiction tells human stories set against a backdrop of strange worlds or futuristic cities. Because pacing and plot are more important than lengthy, accurate descriptions of the technology at work in those worlds, most sci-fi writers don’t spend a lot of time on the various machines their protagonists use. We might know […]

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日本の警察の車: The Cars of the Japanese Police http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/%e6%97%a5%e6%9c%ac%e3%81%ae%e8%ad%a6%e5%af%9f%e3%81%ae%e8%bb%8a-the-cars-of-the-japanese-police/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/%e6%97%a5%e6%9c%ac%e3%81%ae%e8%ad%a6%e5%af%9f%e3%81%ae%e8%bb%8a-the-cars-of-the-japanese-police/#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:19:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478547 Hot girls in short skirts are the first things that leap into my mind whenever anyone says anything about the Japanese. The internet has not helped to change that, in fact it may have made things worse. If you add the word “Japanese” to any noun that describes a group of people and enter it […]

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Hot girls in short skirts are the first things that leap into my mind whenever anyone says anything about the Japanese. The internet has not helped to change that, in fact it may have made things worse. If you add the word “Japanese” to any noun that describes a group of people and enter it […]

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A Pictorial History: The World’s First Metrosexual Car. Fair Lady At Home, Mister Z When Away http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/a-pictorial-history-the-worlds-first-metrosexual-car-fair-lady-at-home-mister-z-when-away/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/a-pictorial-history-the-worlds-first-metrosexual-car-fair-lady-at-home-mister-z-when-away/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:15:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455933 In the 80’s, I took a sabbatical from marketing and propaganda, and managed a record distribution company in the U.S. My warehouse manager was Rick, a redheaded bear of a guy who also could have been Master at Arms of the local Hells Angels chapter. Come to think of it, he managed the parts department […]

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In the 80’s, I took a sabbatical from marketing and propaganda, and managed a record distribution company in the U.S. My warehouse manager was Rick, a redheaded bear of a guy who also could have been Master at Arms of the local Hells Angels chapter. Come to think of it, he managed the parts department […]

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Tycho’s Illustrated History Of Chinese Cars: How China Bought Off The U.S. In A Monster Fleet Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/tychos-illustrated-history-of-chinese-cars-how-china-bought-off-the-u-s-in-a-monster-fleet-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/tychos-illustrated-history-of-chinese-cars-how-china-bought-off-the-u-s-in-a-monster-fleet-deal/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:28:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452583   I came across this vehicle in a parking lot in Beijing. It is a Ford Tempo GL. The Tempo was made in the US from 1984 until 1994, the white car in the parking lot was a second generation Tempo, which would put it in the 1988 the 1994 timeframe. How did it get […]

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  I came across this vehicle in a parking lot in Beijing. It is a Ford Tempo GL. The Tempo was made in the US from 1984 until 1994, the white car in the parking lot was a second generation Tempo, which would put it in the 1988 the 1994 timeframe. How did it get […]

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Pictorial History Of The Mercedes-Benz 320 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/pictorial-history-of-the-mercedes-benz-320/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/pictorial-history-of-the-mercedes-benz-320/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 20:12:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428436 In 1937, Mercedes-Benz had a familiar problem: It lacked a car in what we would today call the “obere Mittelklasse,” or the upper middle class, that sweet spot between medium-sized vehicles and top-of-the line. Apparently, auto managers already engaged in the art of positioning. At least, that’s what the “Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung” (AAZ or “General Automotive […]

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In 1937, Mercedes-Benz had a familiar problem: It lacked a car in what we would today call the “obere Mittelklasse,” or the upper middle class, that sweet spot between medium-sized vehicles and top-of-the line. Apparently, auto managers already engaged in the art of positioning. At least, that’s what the “Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung” (AAZ or “General Automotive […]

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Going Where No Car Has Gone Before: A Pictorial History Of The Unimog http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/going-where-no-car-has-gone-before-a-pictorial-history-of-the-unimog/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/going-where-no-car-has-gone-before-a-pictorial-history-of-the-unimog/#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2011 10:55:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399369 My first car was a Mercedes. It wasn’t mine. I was 8 and was not allowed to own a car, let alone drive it. It also wasn’t a car, not in the technical sense. It was a Unimog. This is its story  … The farmer neighbor in our small village outside of Munich where I […]

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My first car was a Mercedes. It wasn’t mine. I was 8 and was not allowed to own a car, let alone drive it. It also wasn’t a car, not in the technical sense. It was a Unimog. This is its story  … The farmer neighbor in our small village outside of Munich where I […]

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141.73 mph, 100 Years Ago: A Pictorial History Of The Blitzen-Benz http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/141-73-mph-100-years-ago-the-pictorial-history-of-the-blitzen-benz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/141-73-mph-100-years-ago-the-pictorial-history-of-the-blitzen-benz/#comments Sun, 12 Jun 2011 12:09:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398344 100 years ago, just 25 years after the automobile was invented, a car reached the speed of 141.73 mph while the earth shook. The car could have done it a few years earlier. The pavement had to catch up first. The car was the Blitzen-Benz with a massive displacement. And this is its story. In […]

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100 years ago, just 25 years after the automobile was invented, a car reached the speed of 141.73 mph while the earth shook. The car could have done it a few years earlier. The pavement had to catch up first. The car was the Blitzen-Benz with a massive displacement. And this is its story. In […]

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