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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: 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: 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster pace car

The first Chevrolet to pace the Indy 500 was a 1948 convertible. The Fleetmaster had a model-year run from 1946, 1947 and 1948 and included the Fleetline sub-series which was offered only in two-door and four-door fastback body styles. According to an entry in Wikipedia, the Fleetmaster replaced the “prewar” Chevrolet Special Deluxe and was powered by a 216.5 cubic inch (3.5-liter) straight-six engine driving through a three-speed manual transmission. It was offered in two-door...

Vin Car Pic: 1955 Ford Futura

Ford gained a whole new sheen in 1955 when the company coated the Futura concept car with pearlescent paint. Ford was among the first to show off this new paint technique, which consisted of adding crushed pearls to paint.

Vin Car Pic of the day: 1969 Boss Mustang

An engine is guided carefully into a Ford Boss 429 Mustang in 1969.

Vin Car Pic of the day: 1923 Ford tractor

1923 Ford tractors on the Rouge Plant assembly line.

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1928 Model A’s on Ford’s Rouge plant assembly line in Dearborn, Mich.

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018 — Faces on the green

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a long walk through automotive history, all of which could be considered “cars of tomorrow.” But there were two retrospectives that embraced the term: a line of a dozen Tucker 48s and a brightly colored lineup of the Citroen DS. According to one Tucker owner, this grouping was the largest gathered in one place since the debut of the movie in 1988, “Tucker: the Man and is Dream.” Among...