There’s hardly a person who doesn’t know Toyota or Nissan. But it hasn’t always been this way. In the US, before 1958 only a handful of people held their hands on the wheel of a Toyota or Datsun – the export name of Nissan.
Officially, both brands entered the US market on January 9, 1958, at the Los Angeles Imported Car Show, featuring Toyopet Crown and Datsun-1000.
The American drivers and auto critics alike weren’t impressed by Toyopet. Although marketed to the ... Continue Reading →
No matter how much people say they don’t care about cars, many gawk at the sight of a great vehicle. However, I have yet to find a proper definition of what constitutes such a car. It does not seem to be anything objective, but rather a matter of opinion.
One of the greatest things about the automotive world is the variety. Whether you are a classic vehicle enthusiast or you enjoy sports cars, you can find your niche. Yet, it does ... Continue Reading →
Mercedes-Benz C111 – an iconic supercar that never made it to an assembly line, an impossible dream for many an enthusiast.
Mercedes introduced its innovative concept car at the 1969 Frankfurt motor show. Nothing short of spectacular, the sleek and edgy C111 virtually stole the show and instantly became a dream for many. Rumor has it, the company received various blank checks from eager enthusiasts anxious to park the new Mercedes masterpiece in their driveway.
But for the ... Continue Reading →
166 MM Touring Barchetta may not be the first Ferrari, but, undoubtedly, it is the car that put Enzo Ferrari’s company on the map of motorsport.
Launched in September of 1948 at the Turin Motor Show, 166 MM made the hearts of many enthusiasts roar with awe and admiration.
In April 1949, two feather-light and extremely dynamic barchettas scored first and second at the iconic Mille Miglia. Then Luigi Chinetti triumphed at Le Mans 24 Hours. And the ... Continue Reading →
Lamborghini Espada may not be the most attractive car on the planet, but when you see it, you cannot ignore it. It’s just one of these cars that you can’t stop staring at.
Espada was Lamborghini’s intent at creating a family Grand Touring car, designed to unlock your family’s spirit of adventure. Just imagine piercing through highways in a car, whose looks were inspired by the matador’s sword, marveling at the soundtrack of its revving V12. Not ... Continue Reading →
If you’ve been trying to decide whether to buy a car or a boat, then Amphicar may just be the solution to your dilemma. The brainchild of Hanns Trippel and descendant of the military Schwimmwagen, Amphicar was the world’s first mass-produced amphibious vehicle.
In 1961, “The car that swims” made a splash at the 1961 New York Auto Show. And although the idea of the amphibious vehicle may have sounded fascinating, it was not enough to entice the American drivers. Between ... Continue Reading →
Under the motto “Space, Spirit, Splendor,” 1960 Chevy Impala received new features like an electric brake parking light, electric clock, and back-up lights. Cruise control and a six-way power seat were also among the newly added elements. Let’s not forget the “Speedminder” – a short-lived, but useful feature that would buzz when the driver exceeded a pre-set speed limit. The Chevy design team also replaced the flamboyant cats’-eyes-resembling tail lights with the more traditional round lenses.
The car has gone through ... Continue Reading →
But what makes this car so reliable? Why millions of people worldwide consider it one of the most faithful cars? And what to do with your Corolla when moving?
In this short guide, we will answer all of these questions. But first, let us take a look at the history of this car.
During the mid-1960s, the needs of Japanese commuters were constantly changing. As Japan’s industry was rapidly expanding, the daily commuting time of Japanese consumers was increasing as well. People ... Continue Reading →
On October 24, 1975, John DeLorean – a handsome engineer and automobile industry executive founded The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC). The company’s less-than-a-decade-history was anything but a smooth ride.
DMC went bankrupt in 1982, and the U.S. government charged its founder with cocaine trafficking (following trial, the court acquitted John DeLorean of all charges). The DMC’s only produced automobile ended up an underdog among sports/GT cars and received heavy critique for lack of power and practicality as ... Continue Reading →
Before you even begin reading this article, I hope that the word ‘museum’ has not diminished your interest or lowered your expectations. Nowadays it may not seem as interesting to travel miles to see a line of artifacts or dusty cars when you can easily find it all online. However, there is much more to a brick-and-mortar museum than what you can experience virtually.
In this post, we will focus on five of the most peculiar American car museums. We want ... Continue Reading →