Tag: history

42 Posts

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.

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

Wowser and Dinkum's Australian Road Trip

FIDO Blog

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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Which Pieces of Automotive History Would You Teach?
Jul 25, 2017

Which Pieces of Automotive History Would You Teach?

Dear Car Talk

Russ needs to build a syllabus for an automotive history class. Ray gives him a short course on the topic.

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1955 Chevy Cruise
May 25, 2017

1955: A Great Year to Buy a Car in America

Jim Motavalli

1955 was a year of innovation. With debuts including an all-new Chevy Bel Air, the Ford Thunderbird, the Citroen DS, the Triumph TR3 and MGA, consumers couldn't go wrong.

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Convertibles
Apr 14, 2017

There are Only 27 Convertibles Left in the United States (For Under $85K)

BestRide

Everybody should own a convertible at least once in their life. Only now, they're getting harder and harder to come by unless you're a one-percenter. At no point since the 1970s have convertibles been more rare.

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Lady Norah Docker's Golden Daimler
Feb 28, 2017

Lady Norah Docker of Daimler: The Car World's Own Marie Antoinette

Jim Motavalli

How one flamboyant, free-spending couple managed to destroy a staid old auto company.

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Buried cars
Feb 24, 2017

Buried Cars: Who Says You Can't Take Your Ride With You?

Jim Motavalli

True-life tales of cars buried with their owners, entombed for decades behind brick walls, or used as time capsules and tombstones. 

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US Interstate System
Feb 14, 2017

Why We Drive 55: The Strange but True Story of America's Interstates

Jim Motavalli

"We Like Ike" because he pushed through the idea of a coast-to-coast ribbon of highway across the length and breadth of the U.S. of A.

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