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Ford Model A

Model A: Shortly before the onset of the Great Depression and in the Depression’s early years, Ford Motor Company was changing tactics. The Model T was introduced in 1908, and for years, the car was unchanged and available in only black. As competitors in the auto market arose, Ford was faced with reality: to stay relevant, it would need to produce vehicles that were both attractive in appearance and performance. After a brief shutdown following a decline in sales as car-buyers began searching for options and color choices, Ford debuted the Model A.

1931 Packard 845

Packard 845: Traditionally known as an American luxury automobile, the cars that the Packard Motor Company produced came straight from Detroit, Michigan and later South Bend, Indiana. The Packards were in production from 1899 to 1958, not a bad run, considering it endured the turn of a century, two world wars, and the Great Depression. In a brash attempt to defy the stock market crash that set off the Depression in 1929, Packard decided to up the ante; it produced even more expensive, great looking cars. The result: the Packard Twelve. The company had only one production line, which helped to keep its costs low, certainly helping to keep the company afloat during such hard economic times.

1938 Delahaye

Delahaye: As promised, we are featuring the first of several cars which will be making an appearance at this year’s Rétromobile, the Paris auto show. In the middle of the Great Depression, not long before the start of WWII, few things stood out in a community as much as a shiny, new, low-riding vehicle that made any classic gangster command the respect they so desired on the streets. One such car was the 1938 Delahaye Type 165.

History of the Indian Motorcycle Company

When you are looking to purchase a car, a house, or just about anything, most people want to buy from a company that is reputable, competitively priced, and will stand by their product.  Well, if you are looking to buy a new or vintage motorcycle, Indian is the company that you want to go with.

In 1901, the Indian Motorcycle Company, then called Hendee Manufacturing Company, created the first American motorcycle.  By 1907, their bikes were considered the best selling and most technologically advanced bikes because while other companies were still producing single engines that only produced 5 horsepower or less, the Indian company had released the V-twin engine motorcycle.

The Studebaker National Museum

When you examine the evolution of the automotive industry in the United States, you typically think about the “Big Three” and their various respective divisions in and around the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan. These companies, and the automotive epicenter of Detroit have indeed played a major role in the history of American automaking (and the very field of automotive engineering itself), but they do not stand along in the annals of history.