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      Sue Vanderbilt in a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville “Baroness;" the show car that she styled for the Feminine Show. When you look back at General Motors’ rich design history, one of the most talented individuals, who made her career as part of GM’s vaunted Creative Design Team, was the late Suzanne E. Vanderbilt.

      Vanderbilt was one of the original Damsels of Design – a group of eight, great talented female designers that the famed Harley Earl hired during the early days of the 1950s.

      From basic pencils sketches to designing ...
      by Published on 07-02-2017 06:39 PM
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      1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme advertising


      Throughout history, the Oldsmobile story has inspired many automotive historians with its rich and celebrated heritage which started right in Michigan’s capital city of Lansing.


      I remember a particularly exciting year in 1978 when Oldsmobile introduced their new line of vehicles and automotive catalogues to the buying public. My first impression was that Oldsmobile was using 1978 to create a family-oriented lineup of new cars. The company used its advertising and marketing to highlight many traditional family values ...
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      The year 1966 was a great year for automotive sales in the U.S. Many car manufacturers were doing very well for the economy and in 1966 the average cost for a new Dodge vehicle sold for $ 2,280 and the price of gasoline for 32 cents a gallon.
      The Chrysler Corporation was also doing very well within the automotive markets with its popular Dodge Dart models. The 1966 Dodge Dart models made their debut in Dodge dealerships on September 30, 1965.
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      The famed custom car designer George Barris pictured here early on in his career. Recently, the automotive world lost one of the most creative and talented custom car designers in the world: Mr. George Barris.
      Throughout a storied and long career, Barris had created great works of art for vintage automotive designs from the 1950s to 1970s. This story is dedicated to the late George Barris, the king of all the automotive customizers who passed away on Nov. 5, 2015 at 90.

      Barris’ journey started in the 1950s when teenagers had a great interest in cars and were ...
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      Dodge-Charger

      During the early 1970s, the Dodge brand became a very competitive product line within the auto industry.

      For 1971, Dodge offered a variety of new styling features and had made several key moves to put its vehicles in more competitive price positions or the consumer market. The 1971 Dodge Charger offered its traditional contemporary, aggressive appearance designs.

      The front windshield was moved back at a 56-degree angle to highlight the roof-line while providing an all-around visibility for its driver and its passengers. The 1971 ...
      by Published on 01-04-2016 08:28 AM
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      Boss Ket wanted all America – even the most remote communities – to share in GM’s latest technology. So, from 1936 through mid-1956, the Parade toured and delighted many millions of citizens.

      When GM’s Parade of Progress rolled into Muskogee or Ashtabula, Yuma or Fr. Pierce, everybody turned out. Its appeal was so compelling that no one could endure staying home. In Frederieksburg, VA, for instance, enthusiasm ran so high that two-and-one-quarter times the town’s population attended.

      The first Parade of Progress hit the road on Feb. 11, 1936, opening in Lakeland, FL. By Pearl Harbor, the Parade had covered well over a million miles, had visited 251 towns and small cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Cuba, and had played to some 12.5 million people. There would eventually be three GM
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      After a 5-week break, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association got back into the swing of things last weekend, launching our “Speedway Season” down at Texas Motor Speedway – the track with No Limits – outside Ft Worth, Texas. The 22nd Lone Star Nationals, one of two superspeedway events this fall, was an eclectic mix of well over 2,500 ’72 ...
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      In automotive history, 1949 is known as the year of big change. This story is about how it all began. With just a simple idea sketched out on a piece of paper, the developments that followed from factory to finish attribute to Ford Motor Company’s successful year. The men and women who helped with design and build these remarkable automobiles made automotive history.

      It has been said ...
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      The De Soto manufacturing plant was located at the corner of Wyoming and McGraw in Detroit Michigan. However, the first De Soto automobiles were assembled at the Highland Park facility plant in addition to Plymouth. These automobiles were produced in 1928 when the new De Soto models were introduced to the public. Later, De Soto manufacturing was transferred from the Wyoming plant to the Jefferson assembly plant in 1959. The name De Soto comes ...
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      One of General Motors’ most revolutionary designs was the Corvair which was introduced to the public in the fall of 1959. Designed as a response to their foreign competitors like Volkswagen, the Corvair also targeted more fuel-efficient and economy-minded buyers throughout America. ...

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