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Vin Car Pic: Walter P. Chrysler

On this day in automotive history, the founder of the Chrysler Corp., Walter Percy Chrysler, died in 1940 after succumbing to a cerebral hemorrhage. According to AutomotiveHistory.org , Chrysler was born in Kansas in 1875 and began his career as a machinist and mechanic in the railroad industry. His railroad career peaked as works manager of the Allegheny locomotive erecting shops of the American Locomotive Co., also known as Alco. His introduction to the automotive...

Vin Car Pic: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair concept

It was 1956 when the “Dinah Shore Chevy Show” debuted on TV, with Shore singing “See the USA in your Chevrolet” at the close of each show. The show grew out of Shore’s earlier 15-minute programs and she was the first woman to host her own TV show. Shore had sung “See the USA” since the early 1950s and the song was used in Chevrolet advertising after Shore’s show ended in 1963. Chevrolet is now...

Vin Car Pics: 1949 Mercury Eight convertible

The third-generation 1949 Mercury was the first new design following World War II, according to Wikipedia. Its “ponton” or pontoon styling help differentiate it from its Ford cousin. The ’49 also became the definitive “lead sled” for customizers, including the Barris brothers, Sam and George.

Vin Car Pic: 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Convertible

The Buick Roadmaster received its first major postwar restyling in 1949, according to Wikipedia. Its wheelbase and overall length were reduced but its weight was actually marginally increased. The biggest change was a much larger two-piece, curved glass windshield that the sales brochure described as like an “observation car.” It was also in 1949 that Buick introduced “VentiPorts.” Four were displayed on each of the Roadmaster’s front fenders, with three on the fenders of the...

Vin Car Pic: 1953 Corvette

The first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Mich., on June 30, 1953, according to a report in AutomotiveHistory.org. Only 300 Corvettes were made for the 1953 model year — all Polo White with red interiors. The first generation of the Corvette was produced through 1962 and is commonly referred to as the “solid-axle” generation, according to Wikipedia. “The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the...

Vin Car Pic: 1949 Ford

The 1949 Ford was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, according to Wikipedia. Civilian production had been suspended during the war and the 1946 through1948 models from Ford, GM, and Chrysler were updates of their pre-war models. Popularly called the “Shoebox Ford” for its slab-sided “ponton” design, the 1949 Ford is credited with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated...

Vin Car Pic: Ford wins at Le Mans

Perhaps overlooked in the Juneteenth celebrations this year was the significant win for Ford Motor at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was June 19, 1966, when Ford won the endurance race, placing first, second and third, according to a post at AutomotiveHistory.org. “When the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans came to an end on this day in 1966 it was a Ford GT40 in first, second and third place, marking the first...

Vin Car Pic: 1956 Cadillac Cyclone concept

One of the last cars designed by Harley Earl, the 1956 Cyclone concept was a test-bed for futuristic styling and technology, according to Wikipedia. The design was heavily inspired by the aviation and rocket designs of the 1950s. The Cyclone was built on a 104-inch wheelbase chassis and featured a front-mounted 390-cubic-inch V-8 engine, rear-mounted automatic transaxle and an all-wheel independent suspension. A unique design was the engine exhaust that was ported out just ahead...

Vin Car Pics: 1968 Ford Bronco

Since Ford’s vow in 2017 to bring back the Bronco, fans have eagerly awaited its return. Based on a foundation from the current-generation Ford Ranger, the reveal of the midsize SUV is expected this July. There were five generations of Bronco, built from 1966 to mid-1996, when Ford announced the discontinuation of the Bronco to make way for the Expedition. The second-generation was moved to a larger F-150 chassis (to better compete with the Chevrolet...

Vin Car Pic: 1928 GMC T-11 Canopy Express

Beginning in 1920, GMC and Chevrolet trucks became largely similar, built as variants of the same platform, sharing much the same body sheetwork, except for nameplates and grilles — though their differences, especially engines, have varied over the years, according to Wikipedia. GMC advertising marketed its trucks to commercial buyers and businesses, whereas Chevrolet’s advertising was directed toward private owners. Beginning in 1928, GMCs used Pontiac’s 186 cubic-inch six-cylinder engines in their lighter trucks. Medium-duty...