Saturday, June 04, 2022

very cool advertising

learning something new every day about cars... exhibit A: the Ford Frontenac

one year only, 1960 Canadian Falcon, in 1961 it became the Comet

well, damn. I didn't know I wanted to find an aluminum (they existed? !) milk truck to make into a gourmet food (breakfast burritos and omelets, that's my thing) truck until now

FYI, Mercury Aircraft made aluminum busses

I sure don't know what this means

I think there is no reason for me to even guess. I don't have a motorcycle, and haven't even been for a ride in a side car, which must be pretty cool

early version of a snow plow for the streets near the railroad tracks in Detroit. Year unknown

I see a swing arm and chains to move the planks to where they could get some snow moved alongside the rail car... but why there's nothing on this side of the railcar? No idea

someone knew where to dig, and what to dig for, and pulled a WW2 amphib troop landing craft (LVT Buffalo) out of the ground, 30 feet deep. And it's in really good condition


Eugene Jeno Farkas 1881 – 1963 was an American automobile engineer of Hungarian descent. Most well known as the main-engineer of the Fordson tractor.

when leaving a car show


motorists in Keystone Grease truck no. 58 on Young's Pier at Atlantic City, New Jersey during the 1910 North American Run.

The reliability contest for commercial vehicles covered a route from Philadelphia to Atlantic City.

metal flake in 1970

you probably remember that Chevrolet produced the Task Force Series of trucks from 1955 until 1959. But, did you know

it was referred to as the Blue Chip Series at GMC dealerships?

Also, that Chevrolet's revolutionary small-block V-8 engine, launched on 1955 passenger vehicle models, was now 30 pounds lighter than the six-cylinder engine, more effective and had greater power.

The 1936 GMC T-14

GM used to make quite a variety of vehicles, and this is the only time I can think I've seen the Sprint in advertising

Max and Morris Grabowsky founded Grabowsky Motor Company in Michigan in 1900. the changed the name several times, to Grabowsky Power Wagon Company, then Rapid Motor Vehicle Company.

They built one-ton trucks and were the beginning of GMC Truck division after they were acquired by General Motors in 1909. 

A popular myth / urban legend was that the GMC logo stood for the Grabowsky Motor Company, which didn't exist after 1904, here's why:

in 1902 Max Grabowsky sold his first truck to the American Garment Cleaning Company of Detroit. 
Later that year, the Grabowsky Motor Vehicle Company was reorganized as Rapid Motor Vehicle Company in 1904

Named for the serendipitously named street their new assembly factory was located at, Rapid Street,  abutting the Grand Trunk Western Railroad tracks on the south side of Pontiac, Michigan. The Rapid Street Plant was the nucleus of what would become the Pontiac West Assembly complex.

By 1904, Rapid would turn out 75 trucks from the factory in Pontiac. 

During 1908, General Motors founder William C. Durant began buying up Rapid's stock and the company soon found itself being represented by GM's sales force. GM was growing quickly and brought Rapid fully under the corporate umbrella in 1909 - the year that a Rapid truck made headlines by climbing to the top of Pike's Peak. 

The GMC logo - which stands for General Motors Truck Company - was first seen on trucks in 1912.

Chevy hoard coming to auction

I asked what the hell this is, and Some Guy answered in the comments, with a 1974 Pontiac Catalina Safari Station wagon with a 455.

I'm certain I haven't seen one until now.

Not good looking, BUT, probably would be invited to any car show for it's rarity!  states that it only has 26k miles, was a one owner, and always garaged

I'll even go as far as to say it's ugly. Or, if that's too much, maybe you'll agree it's not "classically handsome"

another collector died, and his 90 Pontiacs are going to be auctioned off next month. If you have always wanted a GTO Judge, here's your chance to buy one, or two

Spokane 1959

a Jaguar XK120 piloted by Al Keller won a NASCAR race back in 1954