Inspired by a Bahama’s fishing trip with Bill Mitchell. Bill Schmidt came back with an idea for the Futura; Mitchell with an idea that lead to the XP-755.
McNamara had clay models created to test parts interchangeability between car models (like GM).
“On seeing the ‘59 Chevrolet clay model, Ford designers soon convinced themselves that GM had somehow caught on to what Ford was doing and was purposely trying to mislead them.”
Some 900 new 1936 Lincoln-Zephyrs also went overseas—shipped in crates.
Highlights of the career of Mac Thompson—Ford Designer from 1956–1985.
A photo essay of the Exhibit at the Pontiac Creative Art Center featuring design sketches and renderings from production and advance Pontiac Studios.
Jim Van Orden remembers his first car, a well-used ’49 Merc.
A tribute to the life of Ed Mertz by Helen V. Hutchings.
Karl Ludvigsen finds himself in the middle of one of the most interesting episodes in the history of the Corvair.
Not seen this one before.
“I simply want the world to know that men like Manuel Lopez still exist.”—Michael Lamm
Chrysler’s ugly duckling inspired a lot of copycats. By Michael Lamm.
“There’s a lot of junk out there today. If you want it straight, read Kirby.”—Paul Newman
An exhaustive historical account that you can’t put down.
Michael Lamm found himself drawn to the kookier cars at Pebble Beach.
Before reading Karl Ludvigsen’s book, Corvette, America’s Star Spangled Sports Car, I had dismissed the Corvette SS as mostly a styling exercise. No so.
A delightful account by Karl Ludvigsen.
“Today’s automotive scene is much more commerce than pastime, more corporate than grassroots.”
“It was then that I noticed, for the first time, the wooden clothespin attached to the fuel line.”
In an even more misguided quest to transform the coupe into a roadster, the Chevy’s roof also succumbed to the torch.
“Bill Mitchell absolutely hated the 2-Rotor and was very verbal about it calling it all kinds of nasty four letter words.”