This is the last chapter of the Early Lockheed's Saga.
The Lockheed Model 9 Orion was the last of Lockheed's single engine transports, seated six passengers and was powered by a 420hp P&W Wasp engine. The Orion cruised at 180-195 mph and is claimed to be the first transport capable of 200 mph. The Orion was also the first commercial…Continue
A front-wheel drive posh car in the early 1930s? A few thousand bucks will buy you a Cord... or a Ruxton.
The Ruxton is a forgotten manufacturer, often overlooked when considering early pioneers in automotive design and mechanics. One of their biggest automotive achievements was the use of front-drive…Continue
By the end of 1920s, front-wheel drive configuration found its way into one of the most ambitious automotive designs ever.
The Cord L-29 was revolutionary, using a front-wheel drive system rather than the popular rear-wheel drive configuration. Many believed that having the front wheels be responsible for turning, carrying the…Continue
A glorious pair of Lockheed monoplanes is ready to deliver your Saturday Air Mail.
Both were a development of Northrop-designed Lockheed Vega. Developed originally to meet a requirement of Charles Lindbergh for a low-wing monoplane of high…Continue
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
Wake up! Your Saturday Air Mail is here, brought by a sleek, stunningly beautiful monoplane.
Allan Lockheed and Jack Northrop teamed up together in 1927 and formed the Lockheed Aircraft Company. It was a great combination and their Vega became the aircraft of the Golden Age for setting records. Names like…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
CBS News has a photo essay of real life "Rosie The Riveter's"! There's 85 pics of women working in the factories during WWII...The amazing thing is that these photos are COLOR...Here is the link to the CBS site:…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
It's Saturday, and your Air Mail is here again, delivered by a state-of-art flying Leviathan.
The following article was published on Boeing official website:
The Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner was the world's first high-altitude commercial transport and the first four-engine airliner in scheduled domestic service. With names like…Continue
This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.
With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…Continue
Added by lord_k on September 30, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
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
Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
A simple backwoods gun, something that has two calibers that can handle anything you throw at it. A true American style firearms coveted by woodsmen that roved the continent for hundreds of years. In Europe 'Drilling" guns are well known. Here in the US they're a bit more a niche, something you carry as a backwoods…Continue
To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?
With so many Americans in our community (including at least half a dozen Cleveland citizens), who am I to tell about this Diesel Era marvel? Alas, those who see the tower every day do not feel like telling about it. And yours…Continue
One cannot but admire the pace of progress during the Diesel Era:
Three years after the introduction of lightweight diesel-powered streamline units, much more powerful locomotives were ready to haul full-weight trains. These locomotives, designed and built by EMC (Electro-Motive Corporation of La Grange, IL), were a serious competition…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
Look out below, Gerry, we're comin' atcha!
Yes siree, the Mighty 8th Air Wing of the US Army Air Force is ready to demonstrate that Fortress Europa has no roof! The B-17 Flying Fortress, the sleekest, most modern of heavy bombers with it's super-secret Norden bomb sight (rumor has it it can drop a bomb in a pickle barrel from 30,000 feet!), is ready to hit the Nazi war…Continue
Added by Cap'n Tony on September 1, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Horror of horrors, War has come to the Cabaret! That dastardly Tojo hit us with our pants down and sucked us into this second World War. I told you that neutrality thing was a bad idea and that we'd eventually be pulled into this war, right? But…Continue
Added by Cap'n Tony on August 25, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Yours truly strongly suspects he's not the only flying boat aficionado here. Hope the Sikorsky S-40 will be most welcome.
"The first Pan American plane to be called a “Clipper,” the S-40 grew out of Juan Trippe and Charles Lindbergh’s desire for a strong, sturdy, high-capacity four-engined transport to serve as an…Continue