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Vintage Profile: Maserati wins 1939 Indianapolis 500

Vintage Profile: Maserati wins 1939 Indianapolis 500

In 1938, Ernesto Maserati developed the Maserati 8CTF to compete with the likes of Mercedes and Auto Union on the European GP circuit. Although not particularly successful on the Continent, the car gained fame stateside with a historic victory at the Indianapolis 500. Michael Joseph Boyle (1881-1958) had been campaigning cars at Indy for more than […]

By May 24, 2015 Read More →
Classic Profile: 1921-26 Duesenberg Straight Eight

Classic Profile: 1921-26 Duesenberg Straight Eight

The Automobile Trade Journal of July 1, 1920, wrote, “The Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Corp. has bought a factory site in Indianapolis and plans 2,400 cars the first year of operation. In addition to a special Duesenberg engine, the car will be equipped with four-wheel brakes and an axle designed by Fred S. Duesenberg. The […]

By November 6, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: 1905 Locomobile Model E

Classic Profile: 1905 Locomobile Model E

In the early years of the 20th Century, few new cars included a top – or a windshield for that matter. Typically, a top would have been an extra cost and we can tell from the picture that this Locomobile was sold without a top. The give-away is the lack of “irons” – the metal brackets […]

By September 24, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Classic Profile: 1909 Pope-Hartford Model S

Classic Profile: 1909 Pope-Hartford Model S

In the early days of motoring, automobiles were typically possessions of the wealthy. Professional drivers were often employed and many chauffeur organizations existed to advance the profession. This picture appears to show a chauffeur bringing up the family’s 1909 Pope-Hartford somewhere in New Jersey. In many states around this time, only professional chauffeurs had to […]

By September 11, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: 1913 Mercer, a car to be admired

Classic Profile: 1913 Mercer, a car to be admired

From the day the first Mercer raceabout was sold in 1910, these have been cars to be admired. The Mercer Automobile Company was founded by the Roebling and Kuser families in Mercer County, New Jersey – thus the company’s name. Both families were wealthy and prominent with extensive manufacturing experience, and they wanted to build […]

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: Mercedes 710 Type SS

Classic Profile: Mercedes 710 Type SS

Sometimes a picture reveals more than what first appears. What drew me to this picture is the Mercedes 710 Type SS. Looking almost new, this car was still something special a decade after its manufacture and clearly seems well cared for. The Mercedes W06, as the factory designated it, Type SS was the top of […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: 1916 Hudson Super-Six factory racer

Classic Profile: 1916 Hudson Super-Six factory racer

Since its beginnings in 1909, Hudson had gone racing to prove the merits of its cars. In 1916 came the introduction of Hudson’s Super-Six and with it a significant increase in horsepower over the previous Model Six-40. The Super-Six had a number of innovations, chief among them the use of a counter-balanced crankshaft, which helped […]

By July 10, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revival

Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revival

In 1936, George W. Vanderbilt III banded together with Boston Braves owner George Marshall, and Eddie Rickenbacker, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to revive a major event from the early days of motorsports, the Vanderbilt Cup. The Vanderbilt Cup was founded by William K. Vanderbilt (George W. Vanderbilt’s uncle) in 1904. America’s first international […]

By June 11, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: The Mighty Cadillac V16

Classic Profile: The Mighty Cadillac V16

In the enthusiasm of the late 1920’s, Cadillac developed its trend-setting 16-cylinder engine of 452 cubic inches – developing 175 horsepower. While it is true that Packard introduced the landmark Twin-Six, its 12-cylinder engine, in the 1916 model year, it was the Cadillac V16 that set off the American “cylinder wars” at a time when […]

Classic Profile: Packard Model 30 Runabout

Classic Profile: Packard Model 30 Runabout

Packard is one of the most highly regarded brands from the classic era, with roots going back to the very beginning of the 20th Century. Although the automaker is revered today for bold luxury cars, it’s not often remembered for its early days when Packard built sporting cars. Packard, like many other manufacturers of the […]

By May 21, 2014 Read More →