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The Messerschmitt KR200: A Sunny Day out In Germany’s Two-Seater Tandem Bubble Car, 1959

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In 1952, German aircraft engineer Fritz Fend (April 14, 1920 – November 22, 2000), a former technical officer with the Luftwaffe in World War 2, took his design for a Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter) to the Messerschmitt aircraft corporation. Continue reading »

Cars of New York City: Snapshots from The 1970s and Early 1980s

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About 13 years ago, Andy Blair decided to send off batches of these hidden gems for digitizing. Once in the digital domain, he spent months enhancing the images taken so long ago. “Talk about a labor of love!”, he says. A friend mentioned Flickr to Andy and after checking it out, he tentatively decided to start uploading. Continue reading »

Amazing Photos of the Fiat 8V

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The Fiat 8V, or “Otto Vu”, is a V8-engined sports car produced by the Italian car manufacturer Fiat from 1952 to 1954. The car was introduced at the 1952 Geneva Motor Show. The Fiat 8V got its name because at the time of its making, Fiat believed Ford had a copyright on “V8”. Continue reading »

Inside a Porsche Factory From the Early 1970s

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The body of the Porsche 356 was manually manufactured at the Reutter bodywork. The car body cover itself was attached to the chassis frame welded to several parts. The joints were filled with soft foam (which was a very tedious and time-consuming process) and then sanded. In 1965, the production of the Porsche 356 finished. At the end, they were already making 25 body-pieces a day. Continue reading »

Amazing Photos of the 1948 Panhard Dynavia

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Before the end of World War II, French automaker Panhard et Levassor foresaw that post-war demand for their typically large and expensive cars would be limited and that a smaller less expensive model would be needed. Designer Louis Bionier began development of a small two-box “voiture populaire” (people’s car) that would be powered by engineer Louis Delagarde’s new air-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine driving the front wheels. Continue reading »

Volga-Atom: How in The USSR Created a Car with A Nuclear Reactor

Up to the Chernobyl accident, the development of the Soviet Nuclear Energy went with confident pace. Nevertheless, many ambitious projects by the Soviet nuclear scientists as a result reject. According to one of the versions, such fate in the 1960s has suffered a six-way car with an atomic engine.

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The Soviet inventive thought lagged behind the American, while in 1958 the second secretary of the USSR Embassy in Washington did not see Ford Nucleon at the industrial exhibition. According to a number of sources, the Soviet analogue of the atomic machine began with Nikita Khrushchev’s light hand. Continue reading »

Palermo Viejo: Photographer Captured Abandoned Vintage Cars in Italy

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“Palermo Viejo” is a photography series by Brazilian Art Director Eduardo Fialho.

While studying advertising in Argentina, something caught Eduardo’s eye. he noticed many abandoned cars in the Palermo Viejo suburb, in Buenos Aires, and decided to document the beautiful decay of these neglected vintage cars. Continue reading »

Meet the 1970 AMC Gremlin, America’s First Subcompact Car

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The AMC Gremlin is a subcompact car that was made by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) for nine model years. During its manufacturing run from April 1970 through 1978, a total of 671,475 Gremlins were built in the United States and Canada.

The Gremlin was described at its introduction as the first domestic-built American subcompact car. Continue reading »

Beautiful Advertising Photos of Opel Automobiles From the 1950s

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Opel is a German automobile manufacturer which was owned by the American automaker General Motors from 1929 until 2017 and the PSA Group, a predecessor of Stellantis, from 2017 until 2021. Continue reading »

Stunning Vintage Photos of Woody Station Wagons From the 1960s and 1970s

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The iconic American woody (or woodie) wagon dates back to the very beginning of automobile manufacture when car frames were originally made of timber. As metal took over and timber content diminished throughout the 1920s, certain models stubbornly refused to go all-metal. Continue reading »

In the 1970s, American Luxury Cars Were Bursting With Velour and Velvet

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The 1970s were an awkward time for America—in fashion, in hair styles, and yes, even in car interiors. In the 1970s, velour and velvet were popular because it fit into the idea of what was luxurious at the time. Continue reading »

Stunning Photos of Elvis Presley’s 1960 Luxury Gold Cadillac

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Did you know Elvis Presley owned his own golden Cadillac. The car was a Cadillac series 75 Fleetwood limousine. It featured several golden components such as gold trim seats, and even a gold plated TV. The paint color was called diamond dust Pearl, and actually contained crushed diamonds and fish scales in the paint itself. The vehicle received 40 coats of paint to achieve its sparkling exterior. Continue reading »

Vintage Photos of People Posing With Their Automobiles in the 1980s

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The ’80s were an exhilarating time for music, fashion, and culture. Young people were moving to big cities in droves and embodying the catchphrase “dress for success.” Continue reading »

The RoAcH CoAcH: How the Designer Imagined the Cars of The Future from The 1970s

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The RoAcH CoAcH, originally built by RoAcH, Inc in the 70′s is alive and well and living in Dayton, OH. The brainchild of RoAcH, Inc., the custom show car was designed by Ed Newton and built by Dan Woods, Don Boeke, and a band of merry men. The car was a ISC show-car for years. Continue reading »

Unique. Electric. Aesthetic. Minimalistic. An American Company Has Created a Very Beautiful Retro-Style Electric Car

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Olympian Motors is a new, disruptive automaker, building ‘software-defined’ Electric Vehicles with a unique ‘fabless’ production model. Continue reading »

Vintage Family Photos of BMW Automobiles and Their Owners

A fellow experiencing tyre trouble with a BMW 3/15 PS on a gravel road in a forest in wintertime. The car is registered in the former German state of Oldenburg, circa 1930
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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, commonly referred to as BMW, is a German multinational corporate manufacturer of luxury vehicles and motorcycles headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The corporation was founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines, which it produced from 1917 until 1918 and again from 1933 to 1945. Continue reading »

Beautiful Photos of the Chrysler Turbine Car

The Chrysler Turbine Car is an experimental two-door hardtop coupe powered by a turbine engine and manufactured by Chrysler from 1963–1964. The bodywork was constructed by Italian design studio Carrozzeria Ghia and Chrysler completed the final assembly in Detroit. Continue reading »

Beautiful Photos of the Ferrari 166 S

The Ferrari 166 S was a sports racing car built by Ferrari between 1948 and 1953, an evolution of its Colombo V12-powered 125 S racer. It was adapted into a sports car for the street in the form of the 166 Inter. Continue reading »

A Beautiful Photo Series of Audi F103

Audi F103 is the internal designation for a series of car models produced by Auto Union GmbH in West Germany from 1965 to 1972. To signify the change from a two-stroke to four-stroke engine, the DKW marque was dropped in favor of Audi, a name that had been dormant since before the Second World War. Continue reading »

Forrest Gump Rear Wiper Decal

If you are an avid Forrest Gump enthusiast, this is the perfect gift for yourself. Extremely friendly Forrest Gump Waving Arm Wiper is guaranteed to get reactions wherever you go – mainly laughter about the weird choices you make while shopping online for car accessories. Continue reading »

Amazing Photos of the 1961 Ford Gyron

The Ford Gyron was a futuristic two-wheeled gyrocar first shown to the world in 1961 at the Detroit Motor Show as a concept car designed by Syd Mead. Continue reading »

Schlörwagen: The Bizarre German Car from 1939 that Was Super-Aerodynamic but Very Impractical

The 1930s was a defining decade for automotive design, during which time the car evolved from its horse-drawn ancestry into an integrally engineered, aerodynamic, desirable product to meet the demands of the public. This was true nowhere more than in Germany, where the first autobahns were being opened. Continue reading »

Stunning Images of Freshly Frozen Cars Arrived to Vladivostok Sea Port

The Sun Rio, a Panamanian-flagged vessel shipped from Japan, docked right in the center of Vladivostok. The cars are covered with ice crust (from several centimeters to half a meter). The glaze appeared due to abnormally low temperatures in the Sea of Japan. Continue reading »

Beautiful Photos of the 1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner

Introduced as a 1953 model, the new Studebakers again stunned onlookers and competitors with its radical styling. The long and lean two-door coupe was undeniably the star of the show, while the hastily designed four-door sedan was somewhat ungainly in comparison. Continue reading »

Jay Ohrberg’s Bizarre Double-Wide Limousine From the 1980s

You may not know his name, but you know his cars. Jay Ohrberg is Hollywood’s favorite car designer, having built hundreds of experimental vehicles with an incredible range of features. His creations have appeared in more than 100 movies, TV shows and videos, earning him the title “The King of Show Cars.” Continue reading »