Automotive History Central

The Automotive Histories cover a wide range of subjects that are not based on a specific found car (Curbside Classic)

Design:

An Illustrated History of Automotive Aerodynamics:  Part1 Part 2 Part 3 Part IV: Drag Area Matters

How The 1960 Corvair Started A Global Design Revolution

Pinifarina’s Revolutionary Florida: The Most Influential Design Since 1955

Hidden Headlights: Part1Part 2

The Short Life Of The Two Door Station Wagon

Trying To Make (Business Coupe) Sense Of The Gremlin

The Rear Door Dilemma

Why The 1959 Studebaker Lark Front End Looked So Much Like The 1960 Valiant’s   Paul N

How The 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Ushered In A Design Revolution Thanks To A Hot Radiator

The Cars Of Claus Luthe  Perry Shoar

Domestic Car Histories

The First Wave Of Domestic Compacts: The Pioneers Take The Arrows

Mid-Size Madness: What Would You Have Chosen In ’65?

Ford Ranger: Auld Lang Syne – Ford Says Goodbye To The Ranger

Saturn’s Early Years: Corporate Camelot

Chevrolet Cor-Nova 1985 (NUMMI): Lessons Not Learned

GM’s 1947 Cadet: Radically Advanced And Aborted Small Car

Cadillac Catera: Caddy’s Dead Duck

The GM B-Body: A Love Song In B Major

1958 Jeep FC-150 Minivan Prototype and the Jeep FC-150 and FC-170 Forward Control Trucks

Domestic Industry Histories:

GM: How The Giant Lost Its Voice   CraiginNC

The Corporation: The Story of My Father, a GM Executive  by Charles Platt  Part 1   Part 2  Part 3

How GM Nickled And Dimed Americans (And Itself) To Death: Undersized Tires

That “Special Time”: The US Auto Industry During The Korean War

Celebrating V-J Day: When Cars Came Home From The War

Crosley: America’s Homegrown Kei Car

Chrysler’s Bi-Polar History: Crashes 1 – 5 and  Crashes 6 – 9

The Canadian Studebaker Plant: The Last Studebaker Ever Rolled Off The Lines Here

Ford’s Deja Vu Moment: How Donald Petersen Saved Ford In The Eighties

The Longest Left Turn in History  Jason Shafer

International Brands Histories:

Hans Ledwinkas’s Revolutionary Tatras

The World’s Greatest Wagons: Peugeot 203, 304, 404, 504, 505

Panhard: Back To The Future

The Volvo Duett: Probably The Most Practical Car In The World

Tempo Three Wheelers: From Motorized Wheelbarrows To Speed Record Holder To Immortality In India

Saab: The Eulogy

The Short Wild Ride Of The Yugo in America

Lloyd: Sorry, No Full Liters

DKW Schnellaster: The Mother Of All Mini-Vans?

The Hyundai Origin Myth Revealed: There’s A Ford in Your Pony

Alfasud Sprint: The Scirocco’s Suicidal Kissing Cousin

The Wild Cars And Planes From Peronist Argentina

The Holden Sandman: The Aussies Blow The Pinto Cruising Wagon Away

VW Kubelwagen And Schwimmwagen: Germany’s WW2 Jeeps

Engines:

The Legendary Buick Nailhead V8 And The Source Of Its Unusual Valve Arrangement

The Ford 4.6 Liter V8   Jason Shafer

The Curious F-Head Engine

The Chevrolet Fuel-Injected 283 V8

The Chevrolet “W” 348 Engine: First Of A Long Line Of Chevy Big blocks

Chevrolet Turbo-Thrift Sixes: The Quickest and Slowest  Paul N

The OHC V12 That Cadillac Almost Built In The Sixties  Paul N

Alfa Romeo Twin Cam Four

Three Pot Stew: America’s Brief Fling With The Three-Cylinder Supermini

 

Transmissions:

Powerglide: A GM Greatest Hit Or Deadly Sin?   Paul N

Chevrolet Torque Drive: A Dumber Powerglide   Paul N

Ford’s Torque-Drive Semi-Automatic  (1970 Maverick)   Paul N

The Joys of Overdrive: The Borg-Warner Planetary Overdrive (1934 – 1972)  Paul N

Lincoln Liquamatic Drive: Failure To Upshift  Jim Cavanaugh

Other Technical Subjects:

An X-Ray Look At GM’s X Frames (1957 – 1970) Paul N

Ford’s “Falcon Platform”  18 Different Variations From 1960 Falcon to Lincoln Versailles   Paul N

Rolls-Royce Mechanical Brake Booster/Servo: Used From 1919 through the Sixties  Paul N

Chrysler’s Failed Turboencabulator Hybrid (April 1)   Mike Butts

Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars   by Jim Cavenaugh

Part 1 (1946-1949)   Part 2 (1950-1954)   Part 3 (1955-1959)  Part 4 (1960-1964)  Part 5 (1965-1969)   Part 6 (1970-1974)

Popular Culture And The Car

The History Of The Swedish A-Traktor: Regional Car Culture Explained

The Pinto’s Brief Life As An Airplane

Chrysler’s Dream Cars from the Fifties:

Turning Dreams Into Semi-Reality: Dual Ghia and Ghia L 6.4

The Bad Dreams: Turboflyte and Imperial D’Elegance

Dreams For Sale: The Production Chrysler Ghias

1953 Chrysler Ghia D’Elegance

1951 Chrysler K310: The Beginning Of The Exner Era

Photography:

Los Angeles 1950s-1960s

Victory Is Sweet: Vintage Drag Racing Pictures From Santa Maria (1958-1962)

Automobile Dealerships

Springfield Buick: The Little Dealership That Time Forgot   Paul N

Motorcycles

Sunday Salon Series: By Lee Wilcox and Edited by Paul Niedermeyer

1969 Honda CB750: The First Modern Superbike

1965 Honda CB450: The Black Bomber

Honda 350 Family: The Most Popular Bikes Ever

The Kawasaki Two-Stroke Triples 

Suzuki T500: The Best Bike Almost Nobody Remembers

Yamaha 350: The Giant Killer

Yamaha SX650: Originality Is Overrated

Yamaha 250 DT-1 

Harley Davidson Sprint: Spaghetti Hoglet

Norton Manx And The Isle of Wight

Harley 750: King of the Track Part 1   Part 2      The KR750 Riders

Home Made Bikes; Some On Steroids

Cooper and Norton: How the Triton and Norvin Bikes Came To Be

Mike Hailwood: The Natural

Cal Rayborn: The Life And Death Of An Icon

What The Heck Is A Speedway

Other Motorcycle History Articles:

BSA 441 Victor  Paul Niedermeyer

Harley Davidson Hummer  Paul Niedermeyer

Vintage bikes from America’s Miracle Museum  Paul Niedermeyer

Non-Automotive:

Diesel-Electric Submarines: Part 1 – World’s Biggest Hybrids    Part 2: Acceleration From Zero To ??