Tag: history

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Drive-in restaurant tray attached to car window.
Feb 20, 2019

A Brief History of the Drive-In (and Fast Food, Too)

Jim Motavalli

It doesn't all start with Ray Kroc and McDonald's. Let's go back to 1921. The drive-in as we know it began at the Pig Stand in Texas.


Detroit, MI in the 19th Century
Jan 25, 2019

My Motor City Roots

Jim Motavalli

My great-great-great grandfather was mayor of Detroit, and left an interesting legacy. His ex-slave cook became the toast of Paris.


Bantam Jeep prototype, 1940
Jan 17, 2019

How We Got Here: A History of SUV Mania

Jim Motavalli

Consumers drove the all-wheel drive craze, not crafty auto marketeers. The 1984 Jeep Cherokee just took off. Who knew? It's illogical, so it couldn't have been predicted.

SUVs history

Henry Ford, driving a Model A in 1931.
Dec 19, 2018

Henry Makes a Lady Out of Lizzie: The Last Days of the Model T

Jim Motavalli

Stubborn Henry Ford held out against replacing his beloved Model T, which was hopelessly outmoded. The company's savior, the Model A, finally arrived in 1927.


1953 Allstate - car manufactured by Sears
Oct 17, 2018

Remembering When Sears, Roebuck Sold Cars

Jim Motavalli

Sears declared bankruptcy this week, done in by Amazon and online entities. It was no more successful in its efforts to become an automaker.

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Ernest Hemingway's 1955 Chrysler New Yorker
Oct 02, 2018

Actor David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) Restores Hemingway's Chrysler--in Cuba

Jim Motavalli

The biggest problem in renewing Papa's old convertible is getting spare parts past the U.S. embargo.

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Patent sketch for an early car designed not to scare horses
Jul 25, 2018

The Manifold Hazards of Early Motoring

Jim Motavalli

Driving in the tumultous years of 1900 to 1920 was no picnic, with the combination of unreliable cars, bad roads, hostile citizens, and restrictive laws.


Clive Birtles and dog, Wowser, in Flanders Touring Car, 1912
Jan 11, 2018

Wowser and Dinkum's Australian Road Trip


What's the story behind this photo? Car Talk's animal experts did some research and here's what they found.

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Woman with electric car, ca. 1900
Dec 18, 2017

What We Can Learn From Our Colorful Electric Car History

Jim Motavalli

Everything old is new again, and EVs are once again heading for world domination. But they were already there in 1900, when they also posted an amazing number of historical firsts. 

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The Tasco, designed by Gordon Buehrig
Aug 31, 2017

Ahead of Their Time: The Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg Story

Jim Motavalli

E.L. Cord launched innovative luxury cars at exactly the wrong time--the Great Depression. Celebrate these great marques in Auburn, Indiana this weekend.

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