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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

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Auto History

To gain a better perspective of the classic cars we love, often it is helpful to understand the environment in which they were manufactured. This section focuses on the history of the automotive manufacturing as well as some of the influences that led to advances over the years. We hope these articles will add to your appreciation of your favorite classic car.

Build Sheet History Part Two

Build Sheet History Part Two

Auto History - By Patrick Smith
In Part One we looked at the origins of the build sheet from the coach-building era and early mass production of cars. In this article we wrap things up with a discussion of the build sheets of the 1960s and 1970s. …keep reading

The History and Evolution of the Build Sheet

The History and Evolution of the Build Sheet

Auto History - By Patrick Smith
The Holy Grail for a classic car owner is the build sheet. It's a document that contains the car's DNA as prescribed by the factory. Build sheets add to a car's value as proof a car was built with certain options. Much talk has been generated about build sheets, but what is really known about their origins and history? Read on to learn how build sheets came into being. …keep reading

Dodge Rebellion

Dodge Rebellion

Auto History - By Chris Ritter
Dodge announced the great Dodge Rebellion ad campaign in 1966, designed to change the status quo …keep reading

The Factory Behind the Car

The Factory Behind the Car

Auto History - By Chris Ritter
With so many automotive manufacturers in existence, and many of them not being too stable, it was important for manufacturers to show that they were here to stay …keep reading

Rolling to Victory: U.S. Enlists Automakers in WWI

Rolling to Victory: U.S. Enlists Automakers in WWI

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
America's automotive industry played a definitive role before, during, and after the First World War. …keep reading

Cadillac in the 'MadMen' Era: Advertising Mid-Century Luxury

Cadillac in the 'MadMen' Era: Advertising Mid-Century Luxury

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Right after WWII, GM did everything they could to cement the image of Cadillac as the most desirable luxury car. …keep reading

Lady Auto Mechanics

Lady Auto Mechanics

Auto History
Lately, the topic of working women has been making headlines. People on both sides of the political spectrum are debating whether women who have a job out of the home work harder than stay-at-home mothers. We don't know the answer to that question, but we do know that women have worked very hard in the auto repair industry since the earliest days of motoring. …keep reading

Hitting the Brakes: A History of Automotive Brakes

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Early on, it became apparent that not only was it important to figure out how to make vehicles go, but just as important to figure out how to make them stop. …keep reading

Cushioning the Blow: History of Automotive Airbags

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Continuing our series of articles on the history of automotive safety features we explore the design and implementation of automotive airbags. …keep reading

Starting to Click: A History of Automotive Seatbelts

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Since before the automobile was invented, people were looking for ways to improve vehicle safety. This detailed history of seatbelts in automobiles provides an in-depth look at this most-effective automotive safety device. …keep reading