Diego's an automotive historian with experience working in Detroit as well as the classic car hobby. Today, he's a published automotive writer in print and online and have a network of like-minded aficionados to depend on for information that's not in the public domain; a guy who's led by his passions.
Hot rodding is distinctly American, but that doesn’t mean Europeans can’t appreciate the culture. The German Street Rod Association was on hand at the 2012 Bottrop Kustom Kulture show with over 250 cars and 150 bikes on display, plus pinstripers and other artists from around the world.
Virgil Exner’s 1957 Chrysler products stole the thunder from General Motors’ design dominance – in fact, the Plymouth was so revolutionary that ads proclaimed “Suddenly it’s 1960!” But by 1960 Exner was probably wishing it was 1957 since the ’60 Plymouth paled in comparison. However, this custom Fury kicks arse.
Back when adventurous people with money were called sportsmen, a guy named Rust Heinz (of “57 Varieties” fame) designed a car so futuristic that it predicted features that would be common 50 years later. That car was the Phantom Corsair.
While comparatively rare compared to other Chevrolet models, the Nomad has always been a popular model. This one shows that when 1950s style is combined with modern running gear, it just may not get any better than this.
What is your opinion on the most beautiful car of the 1930s? Jalopy Journal took a stab at their Top 10, which has some good choices but it’s terribly subjective. How can one not include a Harley Earl Caddy? Or even a Delahaye? Check out their list, and then see some counter-submissions.
When Kansas native Walter Percy Chrysler founded the automobile company that carried his name, it started a tradition of engineering that was taken to the next level with the 1934 Airflow. But the public’s reaction was negative, and it took 6 years for Chrysler to be brave again with the Thunderbolt and Newport.
When it comes to car movies, Christine has a special distinction because people know the character more than the car. “Oh, that car looks like Christine! What is it?” But there was another interesting car in the movie: a 1968 Charger. What happened to it? Does it still exist?
When you think of cars from America’s past, Graham isn’t something that normally pops into your mind. But if you’re a proponent of supercharging, you’re very familiar with Graham’s significance.
Today we have the Dot.com powerhouses, but 100 years ago, Ford Motor Company was America’s success story. Here’s a look back at several of Ford’s million milestones.
Having evolved from trucks to expensive, utilitarian cars, Woodys are a great touchstone of American automotive history. David Fetherston now tells their complete story in a unique book & package.
Maybelline, why can’t you be true? So went the 1955 song made famous by Chuck Berry on the Chess Records label. But this is the story about another dame – Bernadine – who was a hot rod that experienced a rebirth not too long ago.
Love it or hate it, people have to admit they envy California. Not only does it sound more romantic than Rhode Island, but it’s the epicenter of American car culture culture. Photographer Mike Garrett went all over the state to capture the varying automotive goings-on in the Golden State.
Edsel Ford’s Speedster eventually ended up in the hands of a Navy sailor in Florida in 1958, then disappeared, only to be discovered in pieces in 1999. Today, the Speedster is owned by the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, having been restored to its 1940 incarnation.
Floridians and Southwesterners may be able to enjoy the car hobby 12 months out of the year, but the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals makes up for that. Held in the Chicagoland hamlet of Rosemont, IL, it just may be the best muscle car show in America.
The first Nomad appeared as a Corvette-based hardtop wagon at the 1954 Motorama. With positive feedback from the public, legendary head stylist Harley Earl challenged his design team to mock a version based on the production 1955 Chevrolet.