This car company was founded in 1917 and produced cars till 1954 when it would become part of the AMC merger madness of the 1950′s. This model would resurface in 1936 and would be this companies low price offering. This car companies founder was known for sturdy kitchen appliances as well as durable automobiles. 1936 would see the innovation that would be a favorite of American teenagers for decades.The front seats would fold down flat into the rear seats.Creating an in car bed. Perfect for watching “Submarine Races”. For a low priced car it had some upscale features. Full hydraulic brake system, heater and dual taillights were standard issue for the low selling price of $595.00 out the door. This company would be one of the first to offer in house financing. Hmmm whats the 48 month payment on $595.00. Oh how times have changed. Riding on a 117 inch wheelbase the ride was supple but handling was very barge like. As were most American cars of the day. Interiors were of mohair and broadcloth with fake wood accents on the dash and door tops. Again very upscale for a $595.00 car. Power was from a 223 cubic inch Flathead Six Cylinder rated at 93 horsepower. The maker claimed it offered “Superior power while giving better economy than smaller cars” The engine did prove to durable and economical to run. Sadly this maker would fall victim to the merger debacle of the 1950′s and die a quite death in 1957. What Auto is This??
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This pickup was produced by the company called “The Cadillac of Trucks” in 1930′s and 1940′s. Even though this art deco pickup was a 1 1/2 ton model it was small compared to its behemoth big brothers. Produced between 1938-1949 its classic styling is prized by collectors. This company first started making cars in 1905 but would gain fame as a producer of superb heavy duty trucks. The company would continue to produce heavy trucks till 1967 when it became part of another storied truck maker. It would never make another light duty pickup after 1949. The company did a major restyle for model year 1938 offering a light duty truck to the public. Slight mods were done for 1939 and would remain unchanged till 1949. You could get a panel delivery or stake body but 90% of production went to the pickup.Interiors were spartan but a luxury upgrade compared to its dinosaur sized siblings. The dash featured full panel of gauges in a very artfull design.Pre WWII models had a dash mounted jewel like clock and fancy banjo steering wheel. Unusual for a truck only company. After WWII the interiors went towards practical with a simpler dash,steering wheel and no clock. Powering this Caddy of Trucks was a Hercules flathead six cylinder engine. It had seven main bearings and a gear driven water pump. The robust engine put out 91 horsepower. The maker was so confident in its powerplant it offered a “One Year or 100,000 Mile” warranty what ever came first of course. The only tranmission was a Warner T9 four speed with a very low ratio “Granny Gear” 1st gear. At a starting price of $1655.00 it was almost a third higher in price than a Ford Pickup 1/2 ton. It was even $200.00 higher price than GMC’s 1 ton. As with all trucks of this era few survive due to extreme use and wear. This artsy hauler was produced in much lower number than those of the big three. Still the ones that survived have become highly sought after and hold high values. What Auto is This??
The founder of this company was one of the greatest automotive pioneers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Henry Ford would copy his mass production methods for his Model T. This company was founded in 1905 when its creater left GM to form his own company. They would make vehicles till 1975. The last car was made in 1936 and they would make trucks till 1975. This model was introduced in 1928. Its name evoked “Lightness and speed” as the magazine ads of the day boasted. It would be the first mass production car to use the then new Lockheed’s new hydraulic internal expanding brake system. Its swoopy shape was penned by famous Italian designer Fabio Segardi..another first in the mid-priced automobile field. Advertising guru Ned Jordan is credited with its flamboyant name and with the very “Art Deco” ads of the day. This would change how cars were named for decades to come. In 1933 they would introduce at the cost of two million dollars in production costs the innovative “Self Shifter”..An $85 option on this mid priced sedan. The semi automatic was dependable but never sold well. The costly and slow selling option would hurt the already cash strapped company during the Great Depression. In later years the founder of the company would blame the option on the demise of car production. An option or idea he never approved of. Powering this last of the line was a 90 horsepower 228 cubic inch six cylinder. The company would call it “America’s finest six cylinder engine” Featuring full pressure oil system and automatic choke it was much more sophisticated than Chevy’s Stovebolt six..After 1936 the company would only produce trucks till 1975. What Auto is This??
Considered by many as the most beautiful pickup of the 1930′s this Art Deco charmer was both a superb 1/2 ton hauler and piece of automotive sculpture. The company that made this artistic hauler was founded in 1900 as producer of engine parts for other makes. It first started producing vehicles in 1915. One of its founding brothers wanted to produce their own car because he was “Tired of being carried around in Henry Ford’s vest pocket” The founding brothers always wanted to be a more upscale choice to the Ford Model T.
The founding brothers dislike of Henry Ford would be driving force till there deaths in 1920. By 1920 this car company would rank as second in sales behind arch rival Ford. Upon the brothers passing the company would be thrust into the hands of the widows. By 1928 they had dropped to 7th place in sales and then were sold to another automotive giant. As the Great Depression put a choke on the country this company was able to stay afloat because of its quality mid priced prodcucts and deep pockets of its now corporate parent. 1934 the entire lineup would get a total re-style called “Wind Stream” look. This swoopy look would help them reach 4th place that year. Even with its semi low price it still offered features that neither Chevy of Ford did not have. Full pressure lubrication and hydraulic brakes were just a few. Known for its robust drivetrain and classic looks these trucks have become a favorite of Street Rodders for decades. Very few original examples still survive. What Auto Is This??
This very stylish “Art Deco” pickup was produced between 1936-1937. It was a model of a defunct but famous make. It would become its own division as its parent company was seeking a larger market share. The make or division would only be prodcused between 1932-1938. All of the vehicles produced were known for high quality and superb power. Always known as a style leaderthe most sought after models are the Art Deco pickups produced between 1936-1937. In 1933 the company bragged that the eight cylinder models had the best “Weight to power ratio” in the world. These classy pickups would never get straight eight power but were powered by a robust 221 cubic inch engine. Known for its smoothness it was durable with seven main bearings and full pressure oil pressure. By 1938 the parent company puuled the plug when sales of the division out paced it. The division would become a model again and would fall into the automotive trash heap in 1941. These work of art pickups are valued by collectors. At a recent auction a fully restored 1936 Pickup was sold for over $150,000 What Auto is This ?? ”CLICK HERE”
Todays Junk Car is actualy a truck..Looks like this beauty was driven in and left to settle into the earth..From the grille etc.it looks to be a 1940s Diamond T..Diamond T Trucks produced trucks from 1905 till 1967 when it became part of the White Truck Company..The trucks from 1930s and 1940s are highly sought after for their “Art Deco” styling..This tow truck looks like it could be easliy rescued and made to be a show winner..