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Customizing the 1940 Mercury: A Classic Car with Endless Possibilities

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The 1940 Mercury is a classic car that has been widely appreciated for its unique design and customization potential. Introduced by Ford Motor Co. in 1939, the Mercury was positioned between the low-priced Ford V-8 and the luxurious Lincoln Zephyr V-12, filling the gap in the market for a mid-range vehicle. Continue reading »

The Miniature Magic of Anthony Ryan Schmidt: How a Teenager’s Passion for Toy Cars Became a Phenomenon

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If you’re scrolling through social media and happen to come across a photo of a stunning vintage car on a street corner, think again. You might just be looking at the work of Anthony Ryan Schmidt – a talented teenager from Seattle who has made a name for himself in the world of photography with his toy car creations. Continue reading »

The Futuristic Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia: A Unique Luxury Car from a Bygone Era

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Imagine cruising down the road in a car that is unlike any other. That is precisely what French pilot and racing car driver André Dubonnet did in 1938 when he commissioned the Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia. The Spanish automobile manufacturer Hispano-Suiza built this one-of-a-kind luxury car on the chassis of the H6B and gave it a distinctive new look. Continue reading »

Weird Advertising for a Weird Car: Balloon-Wheeled Citroen DS, 1959

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Back in 1959, Citroen’s communication department was on a mission to prove to the world that their ID and DS models were in a league of their own. And what better way to do that than to take a car, perch it on four balloons, and float it in the middle of a lake? It’s like they always say: “When you want to showcase comfort, just combine air and water and hope for the best!” Continue reading »

Stunning Vintage Advertising of 1948-49 Futuramic Oldsmobile

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The Oldsmobile Series 70 was a full-size midrange automobile produced by Oldsmobile between the 1939 and 1950 model years. During this time period, Oldsmobiles occupied an unusual “middle” position in General Motors’ hierarchy of automobile brands. While Chevrolet and Pontiac were budget-priced models, and Buick and Cadillac were the luxury brands, Oldsmobiles fell somewhere in between. Continue reading »

The Tatra 97: A Futuristic Mid-Size Car That Met an Untimely End

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The Tatra 97, or T97, was a mid-size car built by Tatra in Kopřivnice, Moravia from 1936 to 1939. Despite its futuristic design and unique features, only around 500 units were produced. Unfortunately, the car’s production came to an abrupt end due to the outbreak of the Second World War, specifically the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany. Continue reading »

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept Car Pictures

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The Chrysler Thunderbolt concept automobile was a revolutionary design when it debuted in the 1950s. It was made of aluminum and featured a retractable, electrically powered hardtop roof, as well as concealed headlights and enclosed wheel wells with no A-pillars. Continue reading »

Beautiful Photos of the Goggomobil Dart

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The Goggomobil Dart, a microcar developed by Sydney-based Buckle Motors Pty Ltd., was an innovative vehicle that combined the chassis and mechanical components of the German Goggomobil microcar with an Australian-designed fibreglass body. Continue reading »

The Rise of Original Paint, Rust, and Patina: How Volkswagen Fanatics are Embracing the Unrestored Look

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In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the automotive world towards cars with original paint, rust, and patina. This change in perception, which initially took hold within the global Volkswagen community, has led to a growing interest in cars that are not fully restored, but instead maintain their original, well-worn appearance. Continue reading »

Bertone and Citroën Collaborate on Futuristic 1972 Citroën GS Camargue Concept

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The Citroën GS Camargue was a concept car based on the Citroën GS, presented as a two-door coupé with 2+2 seating. It was designed by Bertone. It used GS mechanical components, and was the same overall length, but 6 cm (2.4 in) wider. It was presented in 1972 at the Geneva Motor Show. Historically, this is the first collaboration between Bertone and Citroën, which later produced the successful BX. Continue reading »

This Is a Real Wheelchair Car from 1956

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Harold Young of Downey, California, has a car designed expressly for wheelchair users in 1956. The driver gets in and out without help. Controls, including a push-stop, pull-go lever, are designed for the handicapped. Continue reading »

This Lamborghini Countach Limousine Was a Car and a Half, Quite Literally!

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It could happen only in America; where else would anybody create a stretched Countach lookalike with four doors? Continue reading »

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 »