Concepts From Future Past: Autobianchi Runabout

Concepts From Future Past: Autobianchi Runabout

Revealed at the 1969 Turin Motor Show, Bertone showed off this wild ride which looks a bit like what might have happened if Speed Racer’s Mach 5 mated with a powerboat. Continue reading »

Meet The Davis Divan: The Outrageous Three-Wheeled Sedan That Almost Made It

Meet The Davis Divan: The Outrageous Three-Wheeled Sedan That Almost Made It

The history of auto design is filled with failed ideas and strange prototypes that never made it to the production line. In the wake of World War II especially, the industry kicked into high gear. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photos Of 1937 Cadillac V16 Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet

Amazing Vintage Photos Of 1937 Cadillac V16 Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet

This custom Cadillac is probably the most extreme cabriolet ever built. The car was originally commissioned by wealthy playboy Philippe Barraud. He wanted a custom car constructed on a grand scale and in late 1936 ordered a 452 cu in Cadillac V16 chassis through the Edelweiss Garage in Lausanne, Switzerland. Continue reading »

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamline Roadster By Erdmann & Rossi

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamline Roadster By Erdmann & Rossi

Mercedes commissioned Erdmann & Rossi to produce a special show car for the 1935 Barcelona exhibition based upon their 500K. One of the visitors was King Ghazi of Iraq, who expressed his desire to buy the car and MB built another (540K) car powered by a Straight 8-cyl 5018cc supercharged (180hp) engine with a 4/5-speed manual transmission as a special order and the car was shipped to Iraq. Continue reading »

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Scale-Covered Concept Car Inspired By Avatar Movie

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Scale-Covered Concept Car Inspired By Avatar Movie

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its take on the vehicle as a “living creature” with the Vision AVTR concept, which takes design cues from the sci-fi fantasy film Avatar. Dubbed the Vision AVTR, the design takes its name not only from the Avatar film it was inspired by, but also stands for “Advanced Vehicle Transformation”. Continue reading »

The Best Photos Of The Spectacular One-Off 1965 Dodge Deora Pickup Truck

The Best Photos Of The Spectacular One-Off 1965 Dodge Deora Pickup Truck

The Deora is a 1965 Dodge A100 pickup truck that was heavily customized by Mike and Larry Alexander in Detroit for the 1967 Detroit Autorama, also known as “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.” Believe it or not, after winning many awards, including the Ridler in 1967, it became the prototype for a Hot Wheels car, and plastic model kit. Continue reading »

1972 Toyota RV2: ‘Idea’ Car Turns A Station Wagon Into A Recreational Vehicle

1972 Toyota RV2: 'Idea' Car Turns A Station Wagon Into A Recreational Vehicle

The RV-2 was a 2-door wagon concept car. The rear side windows opened out like clam shells to hold up a tent like covering. This made the rear area into living quarters similar to a popup caravan. A brochure was circulated around to dealers and magazines took the prototype for test drives but it went no further. Continue reading »

34 Found Photos Capture People Posing With Their Volkswagens In The 1950s And ’60s

34 Found Photos Capture People Posing With Their Volkswagens In The 1950s And '60s

Volkswagen, shortened to VW, is a German automaker founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front a Nazi labour union, and headquartered in Wolfsburg. It is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group. Continue reading »

1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept, An Indication Of The United States Obsession With Jet Design And Aerodynamics

1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept, An Indication Of The United States Obsession With Jet Design And Aerodynamics

In the 1950s the United States was obsessed with jet plane design, which was applied to other non related products including cars. Between 1949 and 1961 General Motors launched their concept cars every year at the Motorama shows, which were highly anticipated throughout the country. Jet design had already inspired the designers of the three Firebird concepts launched between 1954 and 1950. With their gas turbine engines, they were literally road going jets. In 1959 Cadillac joined the ‘jet age’ with the Cyclone Concept. Continue reading »

The 1958 Plymouth Tornado Concept Car Has Been Found And Restored

The 1958 Plymouth Tornado Concept Car Has Been Found And Restored

The dawn of the jet age in the 1950s had a dramatic effect on the American people and designers of the time. Jets were symbolic of the new modern age of speed, aerodynamics, miracle materials and advanced engineering. Our clothes, homes, workplace and cities all reflected these new modern concepts and approaches, but perhaps nowhere was this influence more apparent than in the auto industry. Continue reading »

Photographer Thomas Strogalski Captured Wonderful Images Of Abandoned Cars Swallowed By Hawaii’s Jungles

Photographer Thomas Strogalski Captured Wonderful Images Of Abandoned Cars Swallowed By Hawaii’s Jungles

Both unfortunate and slightly heartening, we see abandoned cars in Hawaii being swallowed up by the thick jungle around them. Vines, trees, and tropical foliage slowly engulf these rotting vehicles, showing that nature really will take over, if given time. In photographs by Thomas Strogalski. Continue reading »

BMW Isetta: The Iconic Miniature Bubble Car Of Automotive History

BMW Isetta: The Iconic Miniature Bubble Car Of Automotive History

The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under license in a number of different countries, including Argentina, Spain, Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a bubble car, a name also given to other similar vehicles. Continue reading »

Concepts From Future Past: Cool Pics Of The 1951 Buick LeSabre Concept Car

Concepts From Future Past: Cool Pics Of The 1951 Buick LeSabre Concept Car

The LeSabre was the brainchild of GM Design Chief Harley Earl. The design reflected his attempt to merge the modern jet aircraft into the style of the automobile. Jets symbolized the very latest design and engineering and Earl’s ideas transcended into the LeSabre concept. Continue reading »

Concepts From Future Past: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo

Concepts From Future Past: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo

The Chevrolet Testudo is a concept car built by Bertone on a modified Chevrolet Corvair Monza platform. The name comes from the Latin word for “Turtle”. The car debuted at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. Continue reading »

Concepts From Future Past: 1976 Ferrari Rainbow

Concepts From Future Past: 1976 Ferrari Rainbow

Ferrari claims that its new 458 Spider is the first mid-engined sports car with a retractable hard-top, but this isn’t entirely true: the 1976 Bertone-styled Ferrari Rainbow concept car employed the same layout and a similar folding roof setup – 35 years ago… Unlike its modern counterpart, though, the Rainbow’s roof required manual work to remove, fold and stow in the back. Continue reading »

Davis Divan Three-Wheeler: The 1940s Unique Concept Car That Lost In History

Davis Divan Three-Wheeler: The 1940s Unique Concept Car That Lost In History

Post-World War II America was ravenous for new cars and the Davis Divan featured aircraft-inspired styling details that captured imaginations. Sadly, only 13 were built and Davis’ company president, Glenn Gordon “Gary” Davis, spent two years at a “work farm” labor camp in Castaic, California for grand theft. Continue reading »

Back In 1980, Citröen Had A Somewhat Amusing Idea Of The Future

Back In 1980, Citröen Had A Somewhat Amusing Idea Of The Future

The French manufacturer Citroën knew a lot to surprise with its incredible design. This is not just about new cars, but cars that in the past have been of great interest to the automotive community. Namely, in 1980, the company introduced an incredible model called Karin. Citroën Karin was a concept car presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1980. Continue reading »

Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

We all have experiences from childhood, good and bad, that have stayed with us all our lives. For London photographer Martin Usborne, it was being left in a car at a young age. Continue reading »

Russian Artist Creates Incredible Ultrarealistic Miniature Models Of The Military And Utility Vehicles

Russian Artist Creates Incredible Ultrarealistic Miniature Models Of The Military And Utility Vehicles

A man from Tomsk, Russia, Sergey Osipov makes toy models of military and civil vehicles. They impress with detalization and accuracy. Continue reading »

Cool Pics That Capture People Posing With Their Fiat Cars In The 1920s And ‘30s

A cheerful lady posing with a Fiat 501 Saloon in summertime, circa 1924
Cool Pics That Capture People Posing With Their Fiat Cars In The 1920s And ‘30s

Fiat Automobiles is the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy. During its more than century-long history, it remained the largest automobile manufacturer in Europe and the third in the world after General Motors and Ford for over 20 years, until the car industry crisis in the late 1980s. Continue reading »

The Very Rare 1980 4-Door Chevrolet Corvette

The Very Rare 1980 4-Door Chevrolet Corvette

Back in 1980, California Custom Coachworks did a limited run of just five Chevrolet Corvette sedans for customers (a total of six were produced, one of them being a prototype). They took the stock body Corvettes, lengthened them by 30 inches, adding a significant 500-lb weight gain to the body. The result however was a very rare four-door Corvette that featured four seats and a very peculiar design. Continue reading »

Welcome To The Retro Racing At Goodwood 2019, A Classic Car Racing Festival Celebrating The Mid-Twentieth Century Heyday Of The Sport

Welcome To The Retro Racing At Goodwood 2019, A Classic Car Racing Festival Celebrating The Mid-Twentieth Century Heyday Of The Sport
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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England. Continue reading »

40-Foot Studebaker President: The World’s Biggest Passenger Car

40-Foot Studebaker President: The World's Biggest Passenger Car

Few companies escaped the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that plunged the United States and much of the western world into an abyss of economic recession. One of the worst hit was the automobile industry—because obviously it was hard to sell cars to people who were out of work. Continue reading »

Concepts From Future Past: Porsche Tapiro

Concepts From Future Past: Porsche Tapiro

Traveling to auto shows, we get to see a whole lot of cool and unusual concept cars. They may serve as inspiration for production vehicles, but the majority of them never go into production themselves. Once such concept was the Porsche Tapiro. Continue reading »

Baby Car Seats From the Mid-20th Century Moms Wouldn’t Buy Today

Baby Car Seats From the Mid-20th Century Moms Wouldn't Buy Today

Car seats today are standardized and must follow strict safety regulations. However, it wasn’t that long ago that rules didn’t exist. The Bunny Bear Company made child seats in 1933, however the devices were mainly intended to stop kids from moving around the car. Continue reading »