Mercury D-524 1955

Mercury D-524 1955

Concept cars are usually created to dazzle the public with things-to-come that often fail to arrive. But others, like Ford’s D-524, are meant for internal scrutiny only, built to develop new engineering advances behind closed doors. Ironically, the D-524 later rose to quite public fame as a movie and television star. 

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Fascination 1974

Fascination 1974

The 1970s were lean times for lone wolf automotive visionaries, as stringent new federal emissions and safety requirements strained even major car company budgets. But the country’s 1970s gas shortage was real enough that federal mandates dropped highway speeds to 55mph. Long lines at gas stations that were charging ever-higher prices spread anxiety across the land. 

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1958 - Trouble in space, bumps in the road

1958 - Trouble in space, bumps in the road

The explosive optimism that was the signature of the 1950s came to a sudden and abrupt end as USSR launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the earth. Partially to help quell this malaise, Detroit went into overtime layering chrome on their giant beasts like eye shadow on a hooker - and with much the same effect. What went wrong in this year? Jim Cherry has some insights in our time machine back to the 1950s. 

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The Landmark Cord 810/812

The Landmark Cord 810/812

As the Great Depression ground on, car companies started dropping like flies. Many historic brands like Pierce-Arrow disappeared forever, but innovative automaker E.L. Cord decided the time was right for a radical new approach. Company designer Gordon Buehrig was assigned to design a car that would come to be recognized as one of the most beautiful automobiles ever produced. And Cord was serious about innovation; that gorgeous sheet metal would rest atop an innovative, front-wheel drive chassis.

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