Retro

How Chevrolet Made Cars Back in 1936

How Chevrolet Made Cars Back in 1936
This fascinating educational film was commissioned by General Motors back in 1936 to show how cars were produced at the time. The 30-minute movie, titled “Master Hands,” takes us back in time to watch the production of Chevrolets – from forging molten steel for the engine block, to hand-assembling every component of the chassis and body. The amount of manual labor and workmanship involved in the production line was truly staggering, never mind the dangers of working with fiery vats of metal and powerful and massive milling, stamping and riveting machines.
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Concepts from Future Past: 2006 Giugiaro Concept Mustang

Concepts from Future Past: 2006 Giugiaro Concept Mustang
Hot on the heels of its retro-infused 5th generation Mustang (which lived from 2005 to 2014), Ford showed off this gorgeous vision for a future pony car, designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italdesign Giugiaro. This one-off Mustang concept was unabashedly European in style, with its Lambo-esque scissor doors, and beautifully sculpted, curvaceous rear end.
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Concepts from Future Past: Toyota RV-2

Concepts from Future Past: Toyota RV-2
While most of today’s concept cars envision improvements to the driving experience itself, on occasion vehicles are seen as having a broader impact on one’s lifestyle. That’s the case with this unusual Toyota concept from the early 1970s.
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From the Vaults: 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am

From the Vaults: 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am
There’s no question that the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is one of the most iconic cars of the 1970s and 1980s. After all, it was the car that Burt Reynolds and Sally Field used to evade the fuzz in Smokey and the Bandit.
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This 1979 Plymouth Trailduster Is Retro Fantastic

This 1979 Plymouth Trailduster Is Retro Fantastic
There was a time when 2-door, 4×4, body-on-frame SUVs were widely available. These days, pretty much all we’ve got in the US is the Jeep Wrangler, and the forthcoming Land Rover Defender 90. But if you long for something with more of a retro style, check out this 1979 Plymouth Trailduster that’s headed to the Barrett-Jackson 2020 Scottsdale auction without a reserve price. I love how this truck has basically been left in its original state, with only a few minor modifications over the course of its 40 year lifespan – specifically the removal of its running boards, and the addition of a cassette player.
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Blast from the Past: Isuzu VehiCROSS

Blast from the Past: Isuzu VehiCROSS
Today, the market is filled with compact crossovers like the Kia Soul and the Mazda CX-3. But there was a time when there really wasn’t such a thing. Perhaps the first such production vehicle was the seldom seen, but now beloved Isuzu VehiCROSS.
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Concepts from Future Past: Cadillac Cyclone

Concepts from Future Past: Cadillac Cyclone
Let’s take a trip back to the 1950s, a time when aviation was on the rise, and rocket ships were the future. This set the perfect stage for the design of sleek and streamlined vehicles, some of which looked like they could launch into space.
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From the Vaults: DeLorean DMC-12 Sales Video

From the Vaults: DeLorean DMC-12 Sales Video
While most of us associate the short-lived DeLorean DMC-12 with Back to the Future, there was a time when the DeLorean Motor Company thought the car would be a huge success with sports car enthusiasts. Here’s a look at how DMC pitched the car to its prospective dealers back in 1981, including its innovative design, construction and lofty safety and fuel economy ambitions.
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Another Batch of Awesomely Bad 1980s Car Commercials

Another Batch of Awesomely Bad 1980s Car Commercials
The 1980s were an odd decade. While they produced many iconic objects and styles which are still appreciated to this day, they also produced a boatload of bad cars. Sure, there were some needles in the haystack, but for the most part, we got dogs like Cadillac Cimarron, the Mercury Lynx, the Geo Metro, the Pontiac Fiero, and yes, the Yugo.
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Concepts from Future Past: 2005 Holden EFIJY

Concepts from Future Past: 2005 Holden EFIJY
While most automotive concepts look forward to the future, or at most embrace a few key design attributes of classic cars, this unusual concept car from GM’s Australian Holden division was almost entirely a retro-style hot rod.
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A Tribute to Pop-up Headlights: Volumes 1 & 2

A Tribute to Pop-up Headlights: Volumes 1 & 2
Serious car enthusiasts will tell you, there’s nothing quite like a pop-up headlight. These design relics not only gave cars more of a “face,” they offered a great way to improve aerodynamics while driving during the daytime, while still offering illumination at night.
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From the Vaults: Chrysler Cordoba Commercial

From the Vaults: Chrysler Cordoba Commercial
Say it with us now… “Corrrrrr-doh-ba.” Now “Soft Corinthian leather.” Yes, if you’re old enough to remember this classic 1975 car commercial starring none other than Fantasy Island’s Ricardo Montalbán, you know exactly what we’re talking about.
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Concepts from Future Past: Alfa Romeo Carabo

Concepts from Future Past: Alfa Romeo Carabo
Auto designers certainly fell in love with wedge-shaped cars in the late 1960s. With many of the best known examples of the wedge design coming out of Europe, it’s no surprise that at least one bears the Alfa Romeo nameplate.
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Retro-Future Mobility: The Sinclair C5 Electric Trike

Retro-Future Mobility: The Sinclair C5 Electric Trike
These days, two of the biggest buzzwords in the auto industry are “electric” and “mobility.” As the demand for better fuel economy increases and millennials’ less than enthusiastic interest in cars, we’re seeing smaller and more efficient methods of transportation – especially in congested urban areas, and especially in Europe and Asia.
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From the Vaults: ’79-’81 Mustang Commercials

From the Vaults: ’79-’81 Mustang Commercials
MMMMM… Mustang! It’s interesting to see how Ford was positioning the Ford Mustang back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Instead of touting power and masculinity, the car was marketed as having high mileage and economical pricing.
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