Curbside Classic Archive: American Brands – Other

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1954 Allard K2: Proto-Cobra With World’s Most Contorted Shift Lever   Paul N

American Motors (incl. AMC, Nash, Rambler, but not Jeep)

George Romney At Nash/Rambler/AMC (1947-1962): Unflinching Vision and Determination To Take On The Big Three Dinosaurs With Compacts  Paul N

1947 Nash Super 600: A Unibody Pioneer   David Saunders

1950 Nash Statesman Airflyte: Did Somebody Say Bathtub?   Tom Klockau

1953 Nash Statesman: AMC’s DNA   JP Cavanaugh

1955 Rambler Cross Country:  How Rambler Won The Compact And Price Wars Of The 1950’s And Saved AMC  Paul N

1957 Nash Ambassador: Getting Its Kicks On Route 66   Jason Shafer

1957 Nash Metropolitan: Toy Cars Are For Kids   Paul N

1957 Rambler Rebel: 1957’s Really Hot Sedan   Paul N

1957 Rambler Super: The Rambler Of Many Firsts   Dave Skinner

1959 Rambler American: Beep Beep   JP Cavanaugh

1959 Rambler Custom Six: The Prophet   Paul N

1960 Rambler Deluxe: When It’s Time For Leaving   Jason Shafer

1961 Rambler Ambassador: Does Size Really Matter?   Paul N

1961 Rambler American: The Hip Ugly American   Paul N

1961 Rambler Classic: Classic Rambler  JP Cavanaugh

1961 Rambler Classic Cross Country: The Ultimate Motel   Laurence Jones

1961 Rambler Classic Cross Country: Summer Daze   Paul N

1962 Rambler Classic: The Peak Rambler Experience   Paul N

1963 Rambler Classic 660: Ed Anderson’s Departing Farewell Is A Classic As Well As Motor Trend’s COTY   Paul N

1963 Rambler Classic 660 Cross Country Wagon: So Uncool, It’s Utterly Cool   Joseph Dennis

1963 Rambler Classic 770 Cross Country: The Last Great AMC Car?   Tom Klockau

1964 Rambler Classic 770 Coupe: A True Classic?   Paul N

1964 Rambler Classic 770 Sedan: Miss LuAnn’s Ride   Jason Shafer

1965 Rambler Ambassador 880: Kenosha Cadillac?   Tom Klockau

1965 Rambler Ambassador 990 Convertible: Green And White Is Good!   Tom Klockau

1965 Rambler American 440: One Of “The Sensible Spectaculars”   Longrooffan

1965 Rambler Classic 770 Convertible: The Very Rare And Short-Lived Classic Convertible  Paul N

1965 Rambler Marlin: The Rambler Classic Shows Up With An Expensive Bad Wig And Gets Laughed Off The Stage   Paul N

1966 AMC Ambassador 990 Convertible: Abernethy’s Asinine Assumption   Laurence Jones

1967 Rambler Marlin: The Humpback Whale – AMC’s Deadly Sin #1   Paul N

1967 Rambler Rebel SST Convertible: Rambler Tries Flexing Its Muscles Again, Belatedly   Junkharvester

1968 AMC Ambassador: Roy Drove His Ambassador To The Post Office One Rainy Day   Jason Shafer

1969 AMC Rebel SST:  Some Old, Some New  Daniel Stern

1988 AMC Ambassador SST: When Borrowing Is A Deadly Sin   Greg Beckenbaugh

1968 Rambler American 220: Plain White Wrapper   Tom Klockau

1969 Rambler 440 Station Wagon: The Last Rambler   Paul N

1970 AMC Ambassador SST: The Patriarch Of Kenosha   Jason Shafer

1970 AMC Hornet: Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life   JP Cavanaugh

1971 AMC Gremlin: 1971 Small Car Comparison #6   Paul N

1972 AMC Hornet Gucci Sportabout: The First Fashion Designer-Mobile   Ed Niedermeyer

1972 AMC Javelin Pierre Cardin: No, Really…   JP Cavanaugh

1973 AMC Javelin AMX: Right On Target   Joseph Dennis

1973 AMC Matador Sedan: The Stench Of Death   Paul Niedermeyer

1974 AMC Matador Oleg Cassini Brougham: That’s A Matador?!   Tom Klockau

1974 AMC Matador X Coupe: Great X-pectations   Ed Stembridge

1974 AMC Hornet Sportabout: A Dorky Cupid Moment   Aaron65

1975 AMC Pacer X: The Spacer   Paul N

1976 AMC Hornet Hatchback: AMC’s High Water Mark   Greg Beckenbaugh

1977 AMC Gremlin: Pay 8% More And Get 13% Less HP And 33% Fewer Cylinders   Paul N

1977 AMC Gremlin: Purposely Contentious   Eric703

1977 AMC Hornet AMX: The Long Slow Decline of the AMX   Ed Stembridge

1978  AMC Matador Barcelona: The Bullfighter Dies In Full Costume   JP Cavanaugh

1979 AMC Spirit GT: Disco Is Dead   Brendan Saur

1980-88 AMC Eagle: “What The Hell Is This?”   Paul N

1981 AMC Concord: The Underdog Learns One More New Trick   Paul N

1981 Eagle Limited:  The Outback Of Its Time  Paul N

1981 AMC Eagle Sedan: Kindertrauma   Perry Shoar

1981 AMC Eagle SX/4 Series 50: This Bird Has Earned Its Wings   Joseph Dennis

1982 AMC Eagle SX/4: The Trickster  Paul N

1984 AMC Eagle Sedan: Back From The Future   Brendan Saur

1986 AMC Eagle Wagon: Ahead Of Its Time, And Behind The Times   Eric703

Top 10 Obscure Special Editions and Forgotten Limited-Run Models: AMC Edition   William Stopford


1957 Aurora: Sins Of The Father   Imperialist


Bricklin SV-1: Safety Colorful   William Stopford


An Illustrated History Of Checker Motors   Paul N

1967 Checker Aerobus: Twelve Passengers, Eight Doors, Four On The Floor   Paul N

1967 Checker Marathon: This Ultimate Long-Life Vehicle Is Still Being Driven by Its Original Owners     Update   Paul N

1976 Checker Marathon: The Brooklyn Bruiser   William Stopford


1936-37 Cord 810/812: Rolling Sculpture   JP Cavanaugh


The Rise And Fall Of The Crosley Automobile   Jeff Nelson

1947 Crosley Pickup: America’s Smallest Pickup   Paul N

1951 Crosley Sedan Delivery: A Lot Of Pop In A Small Package   Jason Shafer


1974 Dale: Dollar For Dollar, The Best Car Never Built!   Imperialist


John Z. DeLorean, The BMW Turbo And The Birth Of The DeLorean (History)   Don Andreina

DeLorean: Ahead To The Future   Mike George


1917 Detroit Electric Brougham: Charged Up For Another Century   Mike Butts


1935 Duesenberg La Grande:  Totally Unexpected  Stephen Pellegrino


1975 Excalibur Series III Phaeton (& 1989 Touring Sedan & 1990 Limousine): How A Semi-Tasteful Beginning Became The Epitome Of Kitsch   Paul N


1940 Graham Supercharged Sedan: Graham Jumps The Shark   Paul N


1942 Hudson Six: Up Against The Clock   Jason Shafer

1946 Hudson Pickup: With A Surprise!   Ed Stembridge

1950 Hudson Pacemaker: For Best Results, Use Daily   Jason Shafer

1951 Hudson Pacemaker: My Fluttering Heart Needs A Pacemaker   Paul N

1952 Hudson Hornet: A Victorious Dead End   Laurence Jones

1954 Hudson Jet: A Torpedo In A Plain Beige Wrapper (Or Hudson’s Deadly Sin #1)   Nigel Tate

1955 Hudson Hornet Hollywood: A Step, Down?  Aaron65

1956 Hudson Hornet: Waiting For Death In A Borrowed Four-Tone Suit   Paul N


1935 Hupmobile J-521 Six “Aerodynamic”: Raymond Loewy Helps Usher in The Aerodynamic Era   Paul N

IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina)

1971 IKA Torino TS: The Legendary Rambler European South American   Paul N


1963 International Harvester Scout 80: The Advance (SUV) Scout   Paul N

1965 International Travelall: The Traveler’s Travelogue   TitoByTheBay

1976 International Scout Terra: The Hometown Truck   JP Cavanaugh

Jeep (including trucks)

1945 Willys Jeep MB: The Icon Of Freedom   Paul N

1946 Willys Jeep Station Wagon: The First Modern Station Wagon And SUV   Paul N

1947 Willys-Overland CJ-2A Jeep   Mike Butts

1948 Willys Jeep MB: In The Beginning   JP Cavanaugh

1948 Willys Jeep MB: Basic Training (Driving Impression)   JP Cavanaugh

1950 Willys Jeepster: Another Brooks Stevens Beauty   Tom Klockau

1951 Willys Truck: The Antidote To Modern Life   Paul N

1958 Jeep FC-150 Minivan Prototype & FC-150 and FC-170 Forward Control Trucks (History)   Paul N

1965 Jeep Gladiator J2000: Holy Toledo!   JP Cavanaugh

1965 Jeep Gladiator J3000: The Truck of the Future   Paul N

1966 Jeepster Commando: One Last Hurrah Before Winter   Jim Grey

1967 (& 1972) Jeepster Commando: Jeep Gets Stuck   Paul N

1967 Jeepster Commando: Rough And Ready   Paul N

1967 Jeepster Commando: Buick V6 (and THM-400) To The Rescue   Paul N

1971 Jeep CJ-5: Transcendent Independent   Robert Kim

1979 Jeep Cherokee: I Love Bacon   Paul N

1982 Jeep DJ-5 Dispatcher: Still Delivering The Mail After 30 Years   Robert Kim

1984 Jeep Cherokee: AMC’s Greatest Hit Thanks To Renault   Paul N

1984-2001 Jeep Cherokee: The American Global Classic   Robert Kim

1984-91 Jeep Wagoneer Limited: Social Climber   William Stopford

1985 Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8): A Pickup In Disguise   Eric703

1986-1992 Jeep Comanche: It Coulda Been A Contender   Jeff Nelson

1988 Jeep Comanche: The Case Of The Missing Extended Cab   Paul N

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: Dorian Gray Goes To Horse Country   JP Cavanaugh

1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: Iconic   Brendan Saur

1993 Jeep Wrangler: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear   Jon Stephenson

1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition: Explorer Eddie Bauers Are Just So Ordinary   Brendan Saur

1999 Jeep Cherokee: Remains Of The Old Millennium   Gerardo Solis

2006-10 Jeep Commander: “Unfit For Human Consumption”   William Stopford

Kaiser (and Frazer)

1947 Frazer Manhattan: Kaiser-Frazer, The Last New American Carmaker, Until Tesla   Paul N

1951 Frazer Manhattan Convertible: Four Doors Out Of Necessity, Not Virtue   Tom Halter

1951-53 Kaiser Dragon – Altered Beast  Tom Halter

1953 Kaiser Dragon: A Problem Is Simply An Opportunity In Work Clothes   Jason Shafer

1953 Henry J Corsair DeLuxe: Big Name, Little Car, No Sale   Tom Klockau

1954 Kaiser Special Club Sedan: Some First Car!   Tom Klockau

1954 Kaiser-Darrin: Willow Run’s Corvette   Tom Klockau

Kit Cars/Vintage Fiberglass

1967 Kellison Astra X-300 GT: Dreams Are Made Of Fiberglass   Paul N

197? Bradley GT: Lamborghini Dreamin’   Paul N

1976 Tri-Magnum Prototype   Paul N


1916 Luverne: The Truck That Sparked A Company   Jason Shafer


Manic GT: The French Canadian Sports Car (History)   David Saunders


1931 Marmon Sixteen: Death With Dignity   JP Cavanaugh

Midget Motors

1957-70 King Midget Model 3   Evan Reisner


1967 Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan (History)   Paul N


1949-1954 Muntz Jet:  “I Buy Them At Retail And Sell Them At Wholesale”1967 Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan (History)   Paul N


Nevco Gizmo: Eugene’s Own EV   Paul N


1937 Packard Six: Prestige On The Installment Plan   JP Cavanaugh

1937 Packard Super Eight   Richard Wayman

1940 Packard 110 Station Wagon: Lumbering Towards Extinction   JP Cavanaugh

1946 Packard Clipper Super: Defaced, But No Loss Of Face   Paul N

1948 Packard Station Sedan: How Not To Do A Woody Wagon   Paul N

1951 Packard 200: Falling Down(Market)   Paul N

1951 Packard 200 Deluxe: Faded Glory   Tom Halter

1955 Packard Four Hundred: Bravely Facing Forward   Jason Shafer

1956 Packard Patrician: Please Proceed To The Lifeboats   JP Cavanaugh

1957 Packard Clipper Town Sedan: I Used To Be Somebody   Tom Klockau

1958 Packard Hardtop: The Last Gasp   Tom Klockau

1958 Packard Hawk: Last Flight Of A Once-Proud Bird   Jana Lingo


Peerless: One Of The Great American Luxury Marques   Geelongvic

1932 Peerless V16 Prototype: Stillborn, But On The Road To The Aluminum Beer Can   Geelongvic


1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 43 Sedan: Classic With A Capital C!   Tom Klockau


1947 Playboy: It Had A Short Life But It Gave Its Name To A Long-Running Enterprise   Jana Lingo


1903 Premier: The First OHC Hemi Head Engine And The Search For The Hemi’s True Father   Paul N


1897 Riker Electric: Back To The Future   Paul N


1952-54 Sears Allstate: The American Dream, As Sold Through A Sears Store   Nigel Tate

Siam Di Tella 

1963-66 Siam Di Tella Argenta: Hecho En Argentina   Jim Grey


1911 Stanley Steamer: Once America’s Best Selling Car   Paul N


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

The Archives At The Studebaker National Museum   JP Cavanaugh

1938 Studebaker Commander Convertible   JohnH875

1941 Studebaker President Skyway Cruising Sedan: The Ex President   JP Cavanaugh

1949 Studebaker Land Cruiser: On Top Of The World   JP Cavanaugh

1951 Studebaker Starlight Coupe: Way Out, In Front (Design Analysis)   Paul N

1953-54 Studebaker Commander Starliner Coupe: Star Light, Star Bright   Paul N

1955 Studebaker Commander Conestoga: “Original”, Runs Great, And It’s For Sale  Paul N

1955 Studebaker President Speedster: Look What They’ve Done To The Starliner   Paul N

1955 Studebaker Speedster: A Star (Luxury) Liner   William Stopford

1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk: It’s A Sign   Tom Klockau

1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk: Twilight Pink  Stephen Pellegrino

1956 Studebaker President: Sadly Squared Up   Laurence Jones

1957 Studebaker Commander: Eureka!   JP Cavanaugh

1957 Studebaker Scotsman: Discount Life Preserver   Jeff Nelson

1958 Studebaker Scotsman Wagon: Bottom Feeder   Tom Halter

1959 Studebaker Lark VIII Regal Hardtop Coupe: Studebaker’s Last Hurrah   Paul N

1960 Studebaker Hawk: Rock Bottom?   JP Cavanaugh

1960 Studebaker Lark Hardtop: South Bend’s Beater King   Jim Grey

1961 Studebaker Lark VI: The Family Stud For 37 Years   Paul N

1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk: A Beautiful Death   Paul N

1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk: Irrational Exuberance   JP Cavanaugh

1963 Studebaker Avanti: Flawed Brilliance   Paul N

1963 Studebaker Avanti: Remembering A Mentor  JP Cavanaugh

1963 Studebaker Lark Regal: A Left Brain Car For A Right Brain World   JP Cavanaugh

1963 Studebaker Lark Wagonaire: A Real Vista For The Cruiser   JP Cavanaugh

1964 Studebaker Avanti: Fall Forward Onto The Sword, Rise Like The Phoenix   Laurence Jones

1964 Studebaker Challenger: This Challenger Never Had A Chance   JP Cavanaugh

1964 Studebaker Cruiser: Brooks Stevens’s Last Pass For South Bend   Tom Klockau

1964 Studebaker Daytona Convertible: Studebaker’s Last Gasp Of Fresh Air   JP Cavanaugh

1966 Studebaker Cruiser: End of the Road   Tom Halter


Stutz: Take Two – It’s True, You Can’t Go Home   Jana Lingo


2011 Tesla Roadster   JohnH875

UM Electrek

1979-1982 UM Electrek 2+2 :  The Future Was Yesterday  Jim Klein


1920 Willys Overland 4 (Driving Impression)   Wolfgang

1953 Willys Aero-Lark: The Failed Sneak Preview Of The Falcon, Lark And Other Compacts   Paul N


1987 Zimmer Quicksilver: It Was Simply Inevitable   Jim Klein