The 1950s were dominated by the tailfin, for manufacturers were following in the wheel tracks of the 1948 Cadillac. The inspiration for the feature came after Harley Earl (General Motors’ head of Art and Color section) and his team viewed the still secret P38 Lockheed Lighting pursuit fighter, prior to Pearl Harbor. This came about
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When Henry Leland and his son Wilfred left Cadillac in 1917 they established the Lincoln Motor Company, so called because Leland senior had cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln back in 1864. The first model was a 353 cid (5.8 liters) V8 in the Cadillac manner, introduced in 1922. But the following year the
Henry Ford’s great achievement was to give the world the Model T, but from its demise in 1927 he was never again to dominate the American market. But he had one great, final contribution to make to the evolution of the motor car, and that was the low-cost mass J produced V8 introduced in 1932.
Walter P. Chrysler left General Motors and established the Chrysler Corporation in 1923. This had absorbed Dodge in 1928 and created two new makes, Plymouth and De Soto, the same year. By the early 1930s Chrysler was in third place behind General Motors and Ford in car production. The company’s Director of Research was Carl
Cadillac had broken new ground with its V8 engine Model 51 in 1914 and did so again in 1930 with the worlds first series production V16 engined automobile. Details of the new car were given over the radio the second week in December 1929, just two months after the Wall Street crash. The V16 was
The car that truly put the world on wheels, the Ford Model T, built between 1908 and 1927 — the most popular car in the history of the automobile until it was overtaken by the Volkswagen Beetle in 1973. The T’s production eventually stood at an estimated 16,561,850 and established Henry Ford as the world’s
The Aston Martin DB5 looked very similar to its Predecessor, the DB4, and it remained in production for only two years, during which time just 1,033 cars were built. Yet in 2006, one example went under the hammer for more than $2,000,000. Such is the power of Hollywood, because what made the DB5 famous above
Eldorado is the mythical City of Gold that enticed thousands of European sailors and explorers to cross the Atlantic in search of treasures in South America. It’s also the Cadillac model that more than any other, represents the hopes and aspiration of the late 1950s. The very first Cadillac Eldorado was a concept are shown
When he was just 19, Ettore Bugatti designed his first car, which won a gold medal at the 1901 Milan trade fair. During the early years of the 20th century, he build a handful of models, but it was not until after World War 1 that he started to make a real name for himself.
One of the 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental’s chief claims to fame was that, at the time of its launch, it was comfortably the most expensive car in the world. But far more importantly, it was also one of the world’s most elegant, beautiful and desirable cars. After World War II, Bentley badly needed a flagship