What to See at the Henry Ford Museum
If you love cars and history, The Henry Ford is a must-see location to add to your bucket list. This National Historic Landmark rests just outside of Detroit, Michigan in the suburb of Dearborn. The complete location includes a The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Proving Ground (Dearborn Development Center), the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and the Benson Ford Research Center. The Henry Ford complex takes visitors through time on a rich journey of the history of the automobile and other inventions that change the way of life in the United States.
The Legacy of the Woodies
The last of the real Woodies were made by Buick in 1953. The Buick Roadmaster Woody was built to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary. They paid homage to the classic beach cruiser, but added a powerful V8 engine. Their creativity and flawless design made the 1953 Buick Roadmaster a hot collectible. But, the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Woody is not the only beautiful Woody on the market today.
Using Wood to Replace Much-Needed Steel
Carmakers Enter the Space Race
In the 1960s, the United States and Russia were caught up in the space race. This meant that everything from high ball glasses and furniture to women’s hats and automobiles were designed with outerspace in mind. Some of the most exciting cars from the 1960s were designed and named to invoke images of satellites, planets, and rocket ships.
One of the most memorable ‘space race’ cars with the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starline. This car evokes not only the ultimate goal to explore the galaxy, but to do it in a stylish car that zips through the stars.
Expensive Cars to Repair
Anyone who has ever owned a car knows this statement to be true: Cars are not cheap to own. Taking the cost of the car, insurance, fuel, and maintenance into account, the actual cost to own the car is usually close t double the cost of the actual monthly car payment that people pay. Yes, many cars come with excellent warranties, but once those run out, the actual cost to repair several makes and models can be absolutely outrageous. These are a few of the highest:
Chevy Biscayne & the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction
In 1996, the Lambrecht Chevrolet Dealership in Pierce, Nebraska, closed after being in business since 1946. Even though the dealership closed in the 20th century, almost 500 cars that had been sitting in the dealership, untouched and undriven, went up for auction in September of 2013.
Sitting inside the shuttered building sat Chevys from decades long past. Some of the more memorable cars included a 1959 Chevy Biscayne, a 1964 Chevy Corvair, and a 1958 Chevy Cameo Pickup. Most of the cars in this auction had never been titled to anyone, while a few were trade-ins
Classic Cars: The Best Alternative Investment?
According to a recent report, classic cars may be a better financial investment than real estate. Before you start counting your money and thinking about selling your prized 1970s Datsun, there are some more details to consider. As much as your baby might mean to you, not all classic cars are the same and not all will give the big return on investment that can trump certain pieces of real estate.
Moving into the 1940s was a good year for Chevy. As the decade switched to 1940, General Motors sold car number 25 million moving the large car manufacturer ahead of Ford Motor Company. One of the biggest reasons that Ford moved into second place in 1940 was due to the fact that cars were advancing past the coach-look of the Model-T into the integrated sedan-look of the Chevy Master Deluxe. Ford just could change with the times fast enough.
Leonardo Dicaprio Movie Cars
Leonardo Dicaprio is one of the most talented modern-day actors. Since he plays major roles in many period-piece films, he often finds himself being able to enjoy driving classic vehicles. Interestingly, the very first car he ever owned was a Ford Mustang from the 1960s. Moving many years into the future, he now is personally involved in environmental issues and he personally drives cars that are environmentally friendly. Despite the fact that he is such an environmentally friendly actor, many of the vintage cars he was fortunate enough to drive were anything but environmentally friend. These are a few of the more notable cars:
Building a Rat Rod
In the aftermarket car world, building a hot rod is a seen as an art form. But, to learn how to build a hot rod, it is a good idea to practice on a rat rod. If you did not already know, a rat rod is a custom car that can easily be built in a one-stall garage or in a backyard. Where a hot rod and a rat rod differ is in the completeness of the job. A hot rod is designed to impress with a specially tuned engine with a perfectly finished exterior that makes the car look like it belongs in a museum. On the flipside, a rat rod looks like could be parked in a junkyard and no one would know if it ran or not.