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Winning Streak

Dec 27, 2012 1 Comment by

Automodello Mormon Meteor Speed records were big news in the 1920s and 1930s, in the air, on the ground, and on the water. Among the daring fellows who were pushing the envelope – to occasionally fatal levels – David Abbot “Ab” Jenkins was a bit of a celebrity on terra firma, with more automotive speed records [...]

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Highway 143: They called It Continental

Jun 29, 2011 1 Comment by

The Continental– note not Lincoln Continental – -began as Edsel Ford’s sketches for a “continental-looking” special, with a very long hood, short deck, and rear-mounted spare for his 1939 Florida vacation car.  Eugene “Bob” Gregorie worked with Edsel to develop a sectioned, lengthened (by a foot up front!) Lincoln Zephyr that met Edsel’s requirements while [...]

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Thunderbird: Ford’s Fabulous Flock

Jun 28, 2011 1 Comment by

With an eye on the developing sports car market, in 1953 Chevrolet introduced the two-seat Corvette. That first Corvette took the European approach with a six-cylinder engine, roadster-style side curtains and a minimalist top. Ford’s Thunderbird followed two years later and offered a V-8, roll-up windows, a weatherproof soft top and an optional hard top. [...]

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