Saturday, August 8, 2015

1955 Hudson Italia

Chryslers relationship with Italian design firm Ghia brought it a fair amount of time in the spotlight, a fact that did not go unnoticed by rival automaker Hudson. Fresh from the success of the Hudson Hornet in NASCAR, and looking for a way to market its new-for-1953 Jet compact, Hudson contracted with Italys Carrozzeria Touring on a Jet-based grand tourer, ultimately called the Italia.

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1936 Hudson Terraplane Pickup

1936 Hudson Terraplane Pickup - Image 1 of 14

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1950 Hudson Commodore

1950 Hudson Commodore for Sale - Image 1 of 13

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Last Tucker Finally Asembled

The last Tucker assembled from original parts to make its public debut

When Preston Tucker's automobile factory closed, it left behind the makings of more than a dozen additional vehicles, some of them rather easy to assembly, some a little more difficult. Now, more than 65 years later, one of the latter will soon make its public debut and become quite possibly the last Tucker to ever be built. For the last quarter century, the total number of Tucker 48s built (not including the Tin Goose prototype) has stood at 51: 37 built and sold from the factory .

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1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine

1938's racing car of the future - the Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine

1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine.

 In the latter half of the 1930's, most racing cars remained open-cockpit in design, sent power to the rear wheels (Harry Miller's FWD Indy Car excepted), and featured the most powerful engines allowed by competition rules. German automaker Adler believed it had a better idea, and its Trumpf Rennlimousine was a combination of rolling laboratory, race car and show car. Roughly six were built, and three are known to survive today.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

The Bloat Of Extravagance Of Cars In The 1950's

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Among the automotive eras ripe for ridicule, a close second to the Seventies would have to be the Fifties. Postwar belt-loosening in the United States had, by the latter half of the 1950s, turned into an all-out bacchanal of chrome, fins, gizmos, multi-tone paint, and girth. And just as in any other time of excess, satirists leveled their pens at the trend with the aim, perhaps, of deflating it a little bit.
While most automotive designers of the mid-century period took themselves deadly serious, as we can see from our OldCarRenderings Tumblog – even when penning flights of futuristic fancy that had no hope of leaping from drawing board to real-life – Milwaukee-based industrial designer Brooks Stevens at least injected a little humor into his renderings. His most recognized satire rendering, above, titled “The Detroit Dilemma or ‘The Battle of the Bulge,’” managed to skewer just about every one of the Detroit Big Three by tacking together all the excess of the mid-Fifties into one design. There’s chrome gravel shields, chrome trim, chrome spears, chrome hood ornaments, chrome wheelcovers, big chrome bumpers, chrome fins, septuple-tone (or maybe octa-tone) paint, wraparound glass, and more. Funny enough, the rendering is dated January 1955 and so pre-dates the height of Fifties fin excess; just imagine what Stevens made of the cars of the latter two years of the 1950s.
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1955 International R110

1955 International R110 for Sale - Image 1 of 1

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1956 GMC 100 X-Y Series

1956 GMC 100 X-Y Series - Image 1 of 43

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