The Truth About Cars » History http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:16:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » History http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/history/ Barriers to a Beauty: 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barriers-beauty-1969-lamborghini-miura-p400/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barriers-beauty-1969-lamborghini-miura-p400/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1273073 Before U.S. importer Max Hoffman convinced Mercedes-Benz there was a market for the now famous gull-winged grand tourer, the 300SL badge was earlier applied to the company’s first postwar factory racecar, the W194 that was victorious at LeMans in 1952. Sixty years later, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz introduced […]

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Before U.S. importer Max Hoffman convinced Mercedes-Benz there was a market for the now famous gull-winged grand tourer, the 300SL badge was earlier applied to the company’s first postwar factory racecar, the W194 that was victorious at LeMans in 1952. Sixty years later, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz introduced […]

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Ford Motor Co. Invests $4.5B in EVs, a Century After Henry Ford Gave Up On Electric Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-motor-co-invests-4-5b-evs-century-henry-ford-gave-electric-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-motor-co-invests-4-5b-evs-century-henry-ford-gave-electric-cars/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1239737 Ford Motor Company recently announced that it will be investing more than $4.5 billion over the next five years into its electric vehicle program and that it will have 13 electric vehicles on sale by 2020. The announcement follows the Ford company’s original investment in EV technology and the first Ford electric cars by 102 years. Hopefully, […]

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Ford Motor Company recently announced that it will be investing more than $4.5 billion over the next five years into its electric vehicle program and that it will have 13 electric vehicles on sale by 2020. The announcement follows the Ford company’s original investment in EV technology and the first Ford electric cars by 102 years. Hopefully, […]

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I Bet You Thought Vespa Only Made Scooters: The Vespa 400 Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/bet-thought-vespa-made-scooters-vespa-400-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/bet-thought-vespa-made-scooters-vespa-400-car/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1240169 Our friend Mr. Baruth is on a bit of a motorcycle kick lately and, while he’s not quite ready to cruise the interstate highways on a Honda Gold Wing, he recently described the Wing as “one of those brilliant products that both defines a market segment and then comes to utterly dominate it.” The same could be […]

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Our friend Mr. Baruth is on a bit of a motorcycle kick lately and, while he’s not quite ready to cruise the interstate highways on a Honda Gold Wing, he recently described the Wing as “one of those brilliant products that both defines a market segment and then comes to utterly dominate it.” The same could be […]

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Why Automotive Circles Still Use The Word ‘Jap’ – And That Might Be OK http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/automotive-circles-still-use-word-jap-might-ok/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/automotive-circles-still-use-word-jap-might-ok/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1245553 The email had all the stopping power of a fart at an office Christmas party. “TEAM JAPSPEED DRIFT TEAM TO RETURN TO AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL” “Were they returning from 1943?” I wondered. How could any team be named “Jap” anything in 2015? As it turns out, there are a lot of automotive-related companies and events with […]

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The email had all the stopping power of a fart at an office Christmas party. “TEAM JAPSPEED DRIFT TEAM TO RETURN TO AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL” “Were they returning from 1943?” I wondered. How could any team be named “Jap” anything in 2015? As it turns out, there are a lot of automotive-related companies and events with […]

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Looking Back At the First Ultra Luxury SUV, the Lamborghini LM002 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/looking-back-first-ultra-luxury-suv-lamborghini-lm002/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/looking-back-first-ultra-luxury-suv-lamborghini-lm002/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1231425 We’re currently going through a period where conventional sedans and sports cars are losing favor with consumers relative to higher-riding SUVs and crossovers. That’s true from entry level brands to the top shelf. Ultra luxury and exotic car companies have noticed the kind of success that Porsche has had with the Cayenne and just about […]

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We’re currently going through a period where conventional sedans and sports cars are losing favor with consumers relative to higher-riding SUVs and crossovers. That’s true from entry level brands to the top shelf. Ultra luxury and exotic car companies have noticed the kind of success that Porsche has had with the Cayenne and just about […]

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Two Coincidental Anniversaries: Nader’s ‘Unsafe At Any Speed’ Turns 50, 30 Years After National Speed Limit Abolished http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/two-coincidental-anniversaries-naders-unsafe-speed-turns-50-30-years-national-speed-limit-abolished/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/two-coincidental-anniversaries-naders-unsafe-speed-turns-50-30-years-national-speed-limit-abolished/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 22:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1232417 On Nov. 29, 1995, having lost Congress to the Republicans in the 1994 midterm elections, President Bill Clinton reluctantly signed a transportation bill that repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit of 55 miles per hour. The NMSL was made law in 1973, during the Nixon administration, in response to the oil embargo and energy crisis […]

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On Nov. 29, 1995, having lost Congress to the Republicans in the 1994 midterm elections, President Bill Clinton reluctantly signed a transportation bill that repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit of 55 miles per hour. The NMSL was made law in 1973, during the Nixon administration, in response to the oil embargo and energy crisis […]

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Ab Jenkins and His Mormon Meteor, Part Two (With Designer’s Original Drawings) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ab-jenkins-mormon-meteor-part-two-designers-original-drawings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ab-jenkins-mormon-meteor-part-two-designers-original-drawings/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1226201 In Part One, we saw how Ab Jenkins started his speed record career in a Studebaker, then moving to Pierce-Arrow. His greatest success, though, would be at the wheel of a Duesenberg. Because its name is German, a lot of people are mistaken in thinking that Duesenbergs — as other magnificent classic-era cars like Hispano-Suizas — […]

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In Part One, we saw how Ab Jenkins started his speed record career in a Studebaker, then moving to Pierce-Arrow. His greatest success, though, would be at the wheel of a Duesenberg. Because its name is German, a lot of people are mistaken in thinking that Duesenbergs — as other magnificent classic-era cars like Hispano-Suizas — […]

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Ford Can Sell Expensive Pickups As Long as They Aren’t Lincolns (Except in Mexico) – the Blackwood and Mark LT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/ford-can-sell-expensive-pickups-long-arent-lincolns-except-mexico-blackwood-mark-lt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/ford-can-sell-expensive-pickups-long-arent-lincolns-except-mexico-blackwood-mark-lt/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1227425 GMC just announced an Ultimate trim level for the Sierra pickup truck. That follows Ford’s success with Platinum-level F-150s that can cost up to $80,000. It seems that nowadays you can’t charge too much money for an American pickup or make it so luxurious that it won’t find an eager market. It’s tempting to say that […]

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GMC just announced an Ultimate trim level for the Sierra pickup truck. That follows Ford’s success with Platinum-level F-150s that can cost up to $80,000. It seems that nowadays you can’t charge too much money for an American pickup or make it so luxurious that it won’t find an eager market. It’s tempting to say that […]

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Ab Jenkins and His Mormon Meteor, Part One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/ab-jenkins-mormon-meteor-part-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/ab-jenkins-mormon-meteor-part-one/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1223945   Does the name Ab Jenkins mean anything to you? He was once famous as the fastest man on land. What about the name Bonneville? If you’re a car enthusiast, you might associate it with Pontiac, as Bonneville was the nameplate of the now-deceased brand’s flagship sedan. Alternatively, you might think of the Bonneville Salt Flats, […]

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  Does the name Ab Jenkins mean anything to you? He was once famous as the fastest man on land. What about the name Bonneville? If you’re a car enthusiast, you might associate it with Pontiac, as Bonneville was the nameplate of the now-deceased brand’s flagship sedan. Alternatively, you might think of the Bonneville Salt Flats, […]

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Chrysler Dart Diablo Concept, an Italian-American Beauty http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/chrysler-dart-diablo-concept-italian-american-beauty/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/chrysler-dart-diablo-concept-italian-american-beauty/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1221449 From the late 1940s into the 1960s, Chrysler had most of its high profile concept and show cars fabricated by Ghia in Italy. Chrysler liked how the Italians did high quality work at prices far below what union labor would have cost them in Detroit, and Ghia liked the work and the revenue as Italy […]

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From the late 1940s into the 1960s, Chrysler had most of its high profile concept and show cars fabricated by Ghia in Italy. Chrysler liked how the Italians did high quality work at prices far below what union labor would have cost them in Detroit, and Ghia liked the work and the revenue as Italy […]

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Clessie Cummins Made Diesels the King of the Road… and Almost at Indy Too. Part Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/clessie-cummins-made-diesels-king-road-almost-indy-part-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/clessie-cummins-made-diesels-king-road-almost-indy-part-two/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1207545 In Part One we looked at Clessie Cummins’ development of the first practical and reliable diesel truck engines and his earliest attempts to race diesels in the Indy 500. Though he had succeeded in developing the technology, he still hadn’t achieved the ultimate proof of concept that market success brings. Until the early 1930s, what […]

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In Part One we looked at Clessie Cummins’ development of the first practical and reliable diesel truck engines and his earliest attempts to race diesels in the Indy 500. Though he had succeeded in developing the technology, he still hadn’t achieved the ultimate proof of concept that market success brings. Until the early 1930s, what […]

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Clessie Cummins Made Diesels the King of the Road … and Almost at Indy Too. Part One. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/clessie-cummins-made-diesels-king-road-almost-indy-part-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/clessie-cummins-made-diesels-king-road-almost-indy-part-one/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1207153 (Note to readers: This was the piece on Clessie Cummins that should have appeared first. Unfortunately, Part 2 of the series ran first and will be rerun later this afternoon — Aaron.) Diesel engines have been in the news lately, and not for good things. The admission by Volkswagen that it has been using a software […]

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(Note to readers: This was the piece on Clessie Cummins that should have appeared first. Unfortunately, Part 2 of the series ran first and will be rerun later this afternoon — Aaron.) Diesel engines have been in the news lately, and not for good things. The admission by Volkswagen that it has been using a software […]

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Hitler’s Cars – Collectibles or Artifacts of Mass Murder? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hitlers-cars-collectibles-artifacts-mass-murder/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hitlers-cars-collectibles-artifacts-mass-murder/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1179569 How do you feel about Hitler’s cars? No, I’m not talking about the KdF Wagen, aka VW Beetle, or its wartime variants like the Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. I’m talking about the cars more personally associated with the dictator and mass murderer, like his parade and armored cars that find their way into collections and museums. […]

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How do you feel about Hitler’s cars? No, I’m not talking about the KdF Wagen, aka VW Beetle, or its wartime variants like the Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. I’m talking about the cars more personally associated with the dictator and mass murderer, like his parade and armored cars that find their way into collections and museums. […]

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Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion Car – Invention Ahead of Its Time or Death Trap? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/bucky-fullers-dymaxion-car-invention-ahead-time-death-trap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/bucky-fullers-dymaxion-car-invention-ahead-time-death-trap/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156546 To be completely honest, I’ve never really understood all the adulation showered upon Buckminster Fuller. Yes, I know he was a visionary who popularized (but did not invent) the geodesic dome, which has some practical applications, but a lot of his innovations seem to me to be just a bit crackpotish. With the exception of […]

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To be completely honest, I’ve never really understood all the adulation showered upon Buckminster Fuller. Yes, I know he was a visionary who popularized (but did not invent) the geodesic dome, which has some practical applications, but a lot of his innovations seem to me to be just a bit crackpotish. With the exception of […]

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Stout Scarab Returns to Detroit Historical Museum http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/stout-scarab-returns-detroit-historical-museum/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/stout-scarab-returns-detroit-historical-museum/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154145 During the city of Detroit’s recent municipal bankruptcy, the billion-dollar-plus-valued art collection of the city-owned Detroit Institute of Arts became an issue due of the possibility the art might have to be sold off to pay the city’s debts. Less generally well known, but probably of greater interest to car enthusiasts, is another collection ultimately owned […]

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During the city of Detroit’s recent municipal bankruptcy, the billion-dollar-plus-valued art collection of the city-owned Detroit Institute of Arts became an issue due of the possibility the art might have to be sold off to pay the city’s debts. Less generally well known, but probably of greater interest to car enthusiasts, is another collection ultimately owned […]

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Designers and Their Cars – Automotive Patent Art Revisited http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/designers-cars-automotive-patent-art-revisited/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/designers-cars-automotive-patent-art-revisited/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1146281   Aaron Cole’s post about automotive patent art gladdened my heart. Years ago, I decided to check out some of Les Paul and Leo Fender’s original patents on their electric guitars and I discovered the artistry of patent drawings. These days the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as patent offices around the world, […]

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  Aaron Cole’s post about automotive patent art gladdened my heart. Years ago, I decided to check out some of Les Paul and Leo Fender’s original patents on their electric guitars and I discovered the artistry of patent drawings. These days the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as patent offices around the world, […]

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Nothing Arrives in Style Like a Dual Cowl Phaeton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/nothing-arrives-style-like-dual-cowl-phaeton/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/nothing-arrives-style-like-dual-cowl-phaeton/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1125441   As part of this gig, I see a lot of cars. Besides attending the major corporate auto shows like the North American International Auto Show here in Detroit, from spring into late fall almost every Sunday will find me at some kind of car show. Car museums are also some of my favorite places. […]

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  As part of this gig, I see a lot of cars. Besides attending the major corporate auto shows like the North American International Auto Show here in Detroit, from spring into late fall almost every Sunday will find me at some kind of car show. Car museums are also some of my favorite places. […]

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Got Them Old NCRS Packard Blues http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/got-old-ncrs-packard-blues/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/got-old-ncrs-packard-blues/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1125585 There are a lot of things that I like about the car hobby and, at the same time, there are annoyances. As someone who writes about automotive history, I can well appreciate the need for authenticity when it comes to restorations. I also understand that humans are competitive and that car shows are often actual […]

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There are a lot of things that I like about the car hobby and, at the same time, there are annoyances. As someone who writes about automotive history, I can well appreciate the need for authenticity when it comes to restorations. I also understand that humans are competitive and that car shows are often actual […]

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The Chrysler Turbine Car Started Out as a Ford http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chrysler-turbine-car-started-ford/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chrysler-turbine-car-started-ford/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1124337 We’ll probably never again see something like the combination real world test and publicity campaign that put 50 Chrysler Turbine cars in the hands of American families to test drive for a few months in the mid 1960s. That we’re talking about it more than 50 years later shows just how effective the PR for […]

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We’ll probably never again see something like the combination real world test and publicity campaign that put 50 Chrysler Turbine cars in the hands of American families to test drive for a few months in the mid 1960s. That we’re talking about it more than 50 years later shows just how effective the PR for […]

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“I’m Here to See Mr. Ford” – A Detroit Story http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/im-see-mr-ford-detroit-story/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/im-see-mr-ford-detroit-story/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1113881 One of my editors once described researching a topic as “falling down a rabbit hole.” Four hours later, you end up far afield from the 1963 Whizbang X500 you started with. You never know what you’ll discover that could be new to you or your readers. While tracking down details on the 1:10 scale 1939 Lincoln […]

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One of my editors once described researching a topic as “falling down a rabbit hole.” Four hours later, you end up far afield from the 1963 Whizbang X500 you started with. You never know what you’ll discover that could be new to you or your readers. While tracking down details on the 1:10 scale 1939 Lincoln […]

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You Can Buy the Largest Corvair Ever Made http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-buy-largest-corvair-ever-made/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-buy-largest-corvair-ever-made/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1108969 With the number of people collecting “mid-century” artifacts, the stuff of middle class American life in the 1950s and early 1960s, it shouldn’t come as a surprise there are folks who collect vintage travel trailers. Actually, if you’ve gone to enough car shows, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all as owners of cars of […]

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With the number of people collecting “mid-century” artifacts, the stuff of middle class American life in the 1950s and early 1960s, it shouldn’t come as a surprise there are folks who collect vintage travel trailers. Actually, if you’ve gone to enough car shows, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all as owners of cars of […]

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Hey, Hey, It’s the Fonz Dream Rod Monkeemobile http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hey-hey-fonz-dream-rod-monkeemobile/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hey-hey-fonz-dream-rod-monkeemobile/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1093961 A reader, commenting on my post about the Batmobile – arguably the most famous television car there is – mentioned the Monkeemobile, another ’60s pop culture automotive favorite. As it happens, I was already planning some posts on television cars, including one of the authentic Monkeemobiles. Both of those vehicles have connections to the auto industry, one sort […]

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A reader, commenting on my post about the Batmobile – arguably the most famous television car there is – mentioned the Monkeemobile, another ’60s pop culture automotive favorite. As it happens, I was already planning some posts on television cars, including one of the authentic Monkeemobiles. Both of those vehicles have connections to the auto industry, one sort […]

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A Real Batmobile Replica http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/real-batmobile-replica/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/real-batmobile-replica/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1086289 Collectors are often categorized into completists, generalists, and specialists. Actually, I don’t think the dividing line is that clear when you consider someone who tries to collect one of each model year air-cooled Porsche is simultaneously a completist and a specialist. One of the things that keeps writing about cars interesting is how multifaceted the car hobby is. […]

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Collectors are often categorized into completists, generalists, and specialists. Actually, I don’t think the dividing line is that clear when you consider someone who tries to collect one of each model year air-cooled Porsche is simultaneously a completist and a specialist. One of the things that keeps writing about cars interesting is how multifaceted the car hobby is. […]

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Did Sputnik Doom the Edsel? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/sputnik-doom-edsel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/sputnik-doom-edsel/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1086329 When I noticed Michael Beschloss did a piece on the failure of the Edsel, I thought it was pretty cool that a historian of his reputation would write about cars. Beschloss is better known for writing about U.S. presidents than automobiles. After reading his piece in the New York Times, Hubris, and Sputnik, Doomed the […]

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When I noticed Michael Beschloss did a piece on the failure of the Edsel, I thought it was pretty cool that a historian of his reputation would write about cars. Beschloss is better known for writing about U.S. presidents than automobiles. After reading his piece in the New York Times, Hubris, and Sputnik, Doomed the […]

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Why Does the Packard Plant Have a Bridge Anyhow? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/packard-plant-bridge-anyhow/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/packard-plant-bridge-anyhow/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 14:32:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1076514   You may have seen the news that the developer who hopes to renovate the decrepit Packard plant site on Detroit’s east side has covered the factory’s signature bridge over East Grand Blvd in a scrim that reproduces the look of the bridge during the plant’s heyday in the 1930s. I’m sure that you’ve seen […]

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  You may have seen the news that the developer who hopes to renovate the decrepit Packard plant site on Detroit’s east side has covered the factory’s signature bridge over East Grand Blvd in a scrim that reproduces the look of the bridge during the plant’s heyday in the 1930s. I’m sure that you’ve seen […]

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