The Wages Of Daring

  Among automobile aficionados, the name Cord resonates as one of the most unique and important automobile makes of all time.  Innovative in engineering concept, beautiful in appearance, responsive on the road, and coveted by automobile collectors the world over, these fascinating Cord automobiles nevertheless are eclipsed by the man who brought them into being. …

The “American Porsche”

  In the late 1950s and early 1960s a sea change was overtaking America’s automobile industry.  Detroit had spent the decade of the 1950s catering to the exuberant marketplace by designing cars that were getting bigger and bigger, more powerful, more flashy, more heavily optioned, and just plain more heavy.  The lone holdout that was…

A Car Fit For A President.

  For more than 100 years after the founding of our country, the horse provided the most common means of transportation for the average citizen.  Railroads were invented and expanded during that time, but the final miles for passengers and freight were covered by horses and wagons.  However, near the end of the nineteenth century…

The Car That John Drove

  In 1902, Thomas automobiles were considered to be among the very best cars available.  They were so good in fact, that the wealthiest man in America bought one for use exclusively on his estate in Maine.  We recently added his marvelous piece of automotive history to our collection here at Grundy. Like many early horseless carriage…

Three Deuces And A Four Speed

    In the first half of the 1950s, Pontiac’s product line could be politely described as “sedate”.  The division’s cars were well-built and reliable, but they were intended for a mature customer who wanted transportation in a reserved package.  Nothing fancy. Respectable.  Boring, even.  Then in 1956, new leadership came to General Motors.  …

An Electrifying Rivalry

  The first true automobile long distance road trip in 1888 fired peoples’ imaginations as nothing had ever done before. Public interest rapidly turned from the bicycle to the automobile, and everything automotive was exciting and new.  During the decade following the introduction of the first car, early automotive innovators were working furiously to bring…