Tombstone talk: What exactly caused Packard to fold? – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

I’ve always been interested in why some of the independent US car manufacturers went to the wall despite often having good quality product

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Read the full story from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings here

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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1937 Hupmobile

This is a truly beautiful vehicle and an amazing survivor, here’s some of the advert description

“completely original, 17,000 mile, rust-free art deco masterpiece. This 1937 Hupmobile Aerodynamic Rumble Seat Model G Coupe is just one of two in existence and is virtually untouched from the day it left the Detroit factory.

Operationally it starts, runs and drives like its brand new. And everything works!”

Take a look at the rest of the advert here

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City of Detroit to take a stab at redeveloping former AMC headquarters – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

Moves are afoot to save the former AMC  building on Plymouth Rd Detroit

Read Daniel Strohl’s article here at Hemmings

Don’t call it a replica: Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg working on third-generation Auburn Boat Tail – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

Those of you who read the blog will know that anything ACD, (Auburn Cord Duesenberg), are amongst my favourite vehicles.

I was lucky enough to visit the ACD Museum a few years ago to see a lot of  the original factory and artifacts in Auburn Indiana.

Daniel Strohl at Hemmings has written an article about the latest incarnation of the Auburn Boat Tail Speedster.

Glenn Pray followed by his son Doug along with the ACD Museum have kept the brands in the public consciousness over the years

You can Daniels article here

 

 

 

Here are some of the previous posts around the ACD and the Prays’

Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 1
Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 2
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (originally published in 2008)

 

Janesville, once GM’s oldest operating plant, to be demolished a year short of its centennial

Another historic GM plant is to be reduced to rubble, in this case it’s the Janesville Wisconsin plant one year short of its 100th anniversary.

Read about the history of the plans in the article from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings here

It would be interesting  to try and guess the year this photo was taken based on the gentleman’s attire?

 

The last AMC: Jeep’s ZJ Grand Cherokee turns 25, Renault, Chrysler and an Assassination

Hard to believe that the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ effectively the last AMC vehicle before the Chrysler take is now 25 years old.

For those of you that haven’t heard of American Motors Corporation you can read about them here on Wikipedia 

Excellent article on the Jeep and it’s part in the takeover from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings here

An interesting side note to the end of AMC and the assassination of Georges Besse  November 17th, 1986 can be found here on Jalopnik.

Six months after the assassination of Besse AMC was sold to Chrysler.

Interesting advertising film about the Eagle Talon, one of the efforts from Chrysler to leverage the AMC name after the takeover.

Ford renews search for the punch bowl won in the race that helped kickstart the company – Daniel Strohl Hemmings

As those of you who are kind enough to reads this blog will know I’m an early Ford history buff, so of course this article from Daniel Strohl as Hemmings was right in my wheelhouse!

The punch bowl that formed the winning prize in the famous Detroit Driving Club hosted race won by Henry Ford  in 1901 has been missing since around 1951 after the death of Clara Ford in 1950 when it sold for $70.

Henry Ford (4) about to pass Alexander Winton in the famous 1901 race. Photo courtesy Smithsonian.

Read the article here

You don’t touch culture:” FIVA President Patrick Rollet on defining and protecting historic cars

Not in my normal scope of subject matter, but a quite interesting and thought provoking interview with Patrick Rollet of FIVA from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings.

Read the article here

Tucker club merges with AACA Museum; “Clubs are not what they used to be” – Daniel Strohl Hemmings

With just a fraction of its peak membership and dwindling engagement, The Tucker Automobile Club of America has reached an existential moment; the official partnership it announced this week with the AACA Museum proposes not only to save the club but also to serve as a prototype for other car clubs nearing their own ends.

Read Daniel Strohl’s article here on Hemmings, this may be the way of things for clubs and museums to thrive in the future?

 

 

 

See ya, ’17! A quick look back at some of the biggest old-car stories of the last year – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

A look back at some stories from the classic car hobby in 2017 by Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

1. Route 66 resuscitation in the works.

2. Significant cars see the sun again.

3. Dune-buggy owners take on Texas ban.

4. Auto racing in Europe faces big challenges.

5. U.K. gives classic cars an official cutoff age

The details of these stories and plenty more can be found here