Archive for the vintage cars Tag

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: 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 Pic: Memorial Day military appreciation

As World War II began, Chevrolet and General Motors answered President Roosevelt’s call to build “An Arsenal of Democracy.” Between 1942 and 1945, Chevrolet manufactured 60,000 Pratt & Whitney bomber and cargo plane engines; 500,000 trucks; 8 million artillery shells; 3,000 90mm cannon barrels; 1 million tons of aluminum forgings; 1 million tons of grey iron castings; 2,850 tons of magnesium forgings; and 3,800 T-17 Staghound armored scout cars. During the war, GMC showcased its...

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: Rosies in the workplace

American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married woman worked outside the home.

Vin Car Pic of the day: 1941 Chrysler

1941 Chrysler Town and Country barrelback woodie wagon with a Douglas DC-3 airplane.

Vin Car Pic of the day: 1923 Ford tractor

1923 Ford tractors on the Rouge Plant assembly line.

Vin Car Pic of the day: 1955 Thunderbird

Vin Car Pic of the day

The 1953 Ford Rotunda vehicle display. (Ford archive)