An Interbellum compact car made in the United States? Is it possible? Sure it is!
There was a true American Mini - the Crosley. But it wasn't the first try to re-engineer Yankee & Dixie drivers' mind, directing them towards smaller, fuel-efficient…Continue
Sorry, I'm late today. But with a car which is all Dieselpunk!
The success of the Morgan Motor Company was founded on an icon, the Morgan Three-Wheeler. This brilliant but simple design by skilled engineer and company founder Harry Morgan (HFS) became one of the most successful lightweight cars of the early days of motoring. The principal of fitting a…Continue
Lightweight, powerful and superfast. Meet the Mercedes-Benz W125.
With the rapid development of technology, Grand Prix racing was subject to constant changes in the 1920s and early 1930s and sport's governing body (AIACR) struggled to create a definitive set of regulations that would work with the various engine configurations raced at the time*. In…Continue
Happy New Year, my fellow petrolheads! Come taste some crème de la crème from France!
Louis Delage was born in 1874 and was handicapped by blindness in one eye. This handicap would not hinder him at all in creating some of the most elegant and beautiful creations of the pre-WWII era, and into the early 1950s. He acquired his engineering abilities while…Continue
This is the last Garage entry in 2012. It could be 'punky or at least diesel-ish. Instead, it is full of early '30s posh cars.
There were 12,105 Standard Eights and 3345 Deluxe Eights sold during 1931. These low figures are due to the Great Depression which was crippling the luxury car segment. The 845 sedan-limousines originally carried…Continue
Don't be confused by the number - I somehow managed (or rather, mismanaged) to miss it three months ago. Here it is, so no one would search for a missing article #156.
Next one (and the last in 2012) will be numbered 164. And today, we'll give some Dieselpunk love to another forgotten car make. Have you ever heard about Marendaz, the man and/or the automobile?…Continue
Back in 1940, a really hot car emerged from the Alfa Romeo workshops. Meet the 512 Gran Premio, a wannabe rival of the German streamline racers.
In the second half of the 1930s voiturette racing became increasingly popular*. As the name suggests, voiturettes were smaller Grand Prix racers; there was a 3-litre limit for the big…Continue
Just look at this car:
Isn't it fantastic?
The Maybach Zeppelin DS-8, powered by a 8-liter V-12 engine, was introduced in 1931. It was one of the most refined automobiles of the period, a formidable rival of the Rolls-Royce, Grosser Mercedes and Hispano-Suiza. Superficially, the Zeppelin was a rather…Continue
This futuristic concept, drawn by Jo Gault in 1946, could be a Buick:
Real postwar Buicks, no less impressive with their beautiful curves, massive fenders and extensive chrome trim, were developed from 1942 models:…Continue
Between the two World Wars, Renault (responsible for the first mass-produced light tank) remained an important car & truck manufacturer.
Their designs weren't revolutionary but I can't call them "ultra-conservative. " Some luxury models boasted eye-striking bodywork, like the one we see below, the engines were constantly…Continue
Sorry for being late. Took a long stroll this morning. Pomegranates everywhere, so today's color will be red.
Red is the traditional Italian racing color. And, with all due respect to Maserati, 1930s races, especially in the first half of the decade, were dominated by Alfa Romeo. But German teams slowly but surely began to steal the laurels from their future allies. Alfa had to develop something new.
Here is …Continue
Another well-forgotten car make - once famous for its "True Blue" laquer finish. Quick-drying laquer was supplied by DuPont, and cars were a part of General Motors marketing scheme.
Founded in 1907, Oakland made solid, medium-priced cars. It was named for Oakland County, Michigan, where its cars were produced. The firm attracted the attention of General…Continue
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The story of Porsche-designed Auto Union racers continued in 1935:
Actually, the work on Type B, an improved version of the glorious Auto Union Type A, started in the autumn 1934. The car received a new 16-cylinder…Continue
I believe everyone here is familiar with Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion World concept.
And the Dymaxion Car is by no means "obscure" or "forgotten". But should it stay out of our Garage? Of course it shouldn't - the car (actually, three cars) as well as the idea of …Continue
The Garage is proud to present the legendary Blue Birds of Sir Malcolm Campbell.
A family (or rather, a dynasty) of land speed record cars, named after a fairy play, never failed to inspire kids and…Continue
Today, on my 50th birthday, I'd like to show you some beautiful bodies. Car bodies created by Joseph Figoni.
I have a confession to make - 15 years ago, a few photographs and color drawings of his work ignited my passion for streamline design. And this passion only grew ever since. I owe much to…Continue
Believe me, it was supposed to be a Classic Friday, featuring a boattail Auburn. Why not? And then, I came across this:
The plaque reads:
A group of…Continue
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Back to the racetrack! Meet one of the most unusual and highly successful Diesel Era racing cars - the Auto Union Type A.
Four months ago, we heard the story of its mighty rival, the…Continue
This column, introduced in summer 2009, doesn't need much fanfare to celebrate its third anniversary. Let's fuel our tanks and go!
Today, I'd like to show some pictures from an amazing collection of Raymondx1 @ Flickr: amateur shots showing cars as family members. Common…Continue
Once again, a car make of old. Franklin, a name associated with aviation and air-cooling.
Herbert H. Franklin (H. H.)liked to play cards, enjoyed golf, dabbled in painting and photography, and occasionally took trips out of town accompanied by young women. He introduced them as his nieces. For a time,…Continue