Today, the Swedish chapter of the Streamline Story:
In 1933 Gustaf L-M Ericsson (son of the telephone company founder) presented a special handmade vehicle of which only one version had been produced. Ericsson was named designer and the project was his brainchild. "Venus…Continue
During 1927 Frank Lockhart established a world record of 164.28 miles per hour on the dry lakes of Muroc, CA; in a car powered by a tiny 91½ cubic-inch displacement engine. This established Lockhart as one…Continue
Vintage postcards and magazine illustrations give us an opportunity to see automobile as a part of cityscape, to judge its proportions in a proper way, when it is running along the streets or standing still between other cars at the parking lot.
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Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG was founded by August Horch in 1904. Six years later Horch, who had to leave his first company after a financial conflict, founded another car company,… Continue
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FWD trucks (here "FWD" is for company name) were not something new for the military: during WWI US Army used a large number of these vehicles. Here's 1917 FWD B-type truck:
In 1935, a blue streamline car was built for the British Post Office to promote air mail.
A special fleet of Royal Mail vans was introduced in June 1930 to handle and advertise the new Air Mail service. Special letter boxes were provided in various locations around the UK. Both these boxes and the new vans were painted blue.
Eight Morris Minor vans were introduced for collection duties and…Continue
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"A pace only marginally quicker than a professional racing cyclist, snail-like acceleration, awkward to work on because of its diminutive size, replacement parts that are breathtakingly expensive. But, aesthetically pleasing lines with universal… Continue
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New Zealander Burt Munro rode this 1920 Indian Scout-based streamliner (our understanding is that this bike has the original 1920 Indian frame and shell no.3) to a record 183.586mph at Bonneville in 1967.…
This is one of the most unusual cars built in 1930s:
It was developed from Panoramique series with their "transparent" front pillars. Dynamic retained small curved windows in its windshield pillars but got completely new streamline body, designed by Louis Bionnier, with massive fenders and lavishly decorated hood.
It was the largest unibody car ever built.…Continue
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Volkswagen, the People's Car, needs no introduction. Let us see where it comes from.
VW is the brainchild of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. It is often dubbed "Hitler's little car". Well, the Fuhrer's part in creation of this vehicle cannot be denied, but in some sources it is exaggerated. For example, this sketch is attributed to Hitler:…Continue
There was a time when "luxury car" meant chassis + separately ordered body.
Small coachbuilders did their best to satisfy wealthy clients. Among those coachbuilders, the Swiss never were the big stars. But they always were reliable and creative, building excellent bodies for cars as diverse as Packard and Duesenberg, Aston Martin and Jaguar, Porsche and Alfa Romeo, Talbot-Lago and Bugatti, Alvis and Riley.…
This is one of only 40 Alfa Romeos built on the lightweight Super Sport chassis during World War II. Mario Revelli di Beaumont designed this unique coupe and the body was built by Bertone. This year (by coincidence, the year of Alfa Romeo 100th anniversary), the car completed a major restoration in Italy and made its world concours debut at Pebble Beach.…Continue
The Clipper, an undisputable Golden Age icon, was born in the Diesel Era.
In 1938, the Flxible Company presented its first rear-engine bus, a 25-passenger streamliner with Buick engine. Next year, the number of seats was increased to 29.
Here are some pre-war Clippers:…
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Many of his works are now exhibits in places such as Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, or Museum of Modern Art in New York. He specialised in car design studies, so he has left many inventive prototypes. The prototype Ellipsis, released just two… Continue
Ordered as a rolling chassis by German industrialist Hans Klepper, this BMW 328 was sent to coach-builder Wendler for an aerodynamic Coupe body. Using the principles defined by Paul Jaray, the design was penned by… Continue
Today, I am happy to present one the finest and extremely rare American automobiles - duPont.
In 1802 E.I duPont deNemours and Company was formed to produce gunpowder. It was located in Wilmington, Delaware. From there is began producing various industrial and consumer products. In 1919 the duPont car Company was formed by E. Paul duPont. During the First World War it produced marine engines.…Continue
The Cord influenced speedster was based on a 1936 Ford frame and running gear (and retained the classic rear-wheel drive layout - L.K.). Frank used Cord front and rear fenders when he built the car, the rest of the body was hand-formed in aluminum. The… Continue
I wanted to show something very special in the Garage Jubilee Issue - and here it is:
Built in 1938, this unique car is one of the most important Diesel Era icons - and a perfect example of influential design. We can trace the the development of Y-Job ideas in the shape of GM cars and their competitors (most notably 1942 DeSoto).
Created by General Motors Styling…Continue
Today, a rare bird from the British Isles: