1931's Remote-Controlled Farm of the Future

The March 1931 issue of The Country Gentleman magazine included this advertisement for Timken bearings. With the bold headline "100 YEARS AHEAD" the ad promises that the farmer of the future may be unrecognizable — thanks to Timken bearings, of course. Our farmer of tomorrow wears a suit to work and sits at a desk… » 8/14/14 1:11pm 8/14/14 1:11pm

What International Air Travel Was Like in the 1930s

Today we largely take international air travel for granted. Every major city in the world is little more than a hop, skip, and jump away. But what was it actually like to fly halfway around the world in the 1930s, when the very concept was still novel? Pretty incredible, as it turns out—provided you could afford it. » 11/27/13 5:03pm 11/27/13 5:03pm

The 240 Greatest Achievements of Japanese Automotive Technology

If you ask the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, the greatest milestones in their industry range from the ABS system on the '71 Nissan President to the Subaru Impreza WRX STI... and 238 more. » 7/18/10 6:30pm 7/18/10 6:30pm

Restoring a '37 Lancia Aprilia: How Hard Could It Be?

The answer: Restoring an original 1937 Aprilia Berlina is very, very hard (but worth every wad of $100 bills and gallon of sweat). I visited the legendary Conrad Stevenson's Alfa Romeo shop last weekend and found this work-of-art-in-progress there. » 7/04/10 3:00pm 7/04/10 3:00pm

San Francisco Neighbors Breathe Sigh Of Relief: DOTSBE Detroit Iron…

There's this incredible collection of street-parked vintage Detroi cars residing in San Francisco's Western Addition… yes, one of the most parking-challenged neighborhoods in the City That Parking Forgot. It appears that the owner of these cars is making some room. » 3/06/10 1:00pm 3/06/10 1:00pm

Henry Ford, Boss From Hell, and His Newfangled V8

We've already covered the flathead Ford V8 in the Engine Of The Day series, but Ate Up With Motor's excellent essay on the origins of this engine deserves a read. » 2/14/10 3:00pm 2/14/10 3:00pm

Engine Of The Day: Continental Motors

Engines manufactured by Continental 1920s and 1930s powered about four million cars, which seems moderately impressive. Read Daniel Strohl's list of Continental-powered marques, however, and you'll be floored! » 2/07/10 1:00pm 2/07/10 1:00pm

Ass-Kickin' Engine of the Day: Rolls-Royce R

It isn't often that an engine makes the front page of Wikipedia, but not many engines score as high on the Ass-Kick-O-Meter™ as the Rolls-Royce R! » 12/26/09 7:00pm 12/26/09 7:00pm

1931 Ford Model A Down On The Chilean Street

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Pulloa follows up the Punta Arenas Peugeot 404 with this Dearborn classic. » 12/20/09 2:00pm 12/20/09 2:00pm

Down On The Alameda Street, 1940s Style: Can You Identify These Mystery…

On my way to the neighborhood taqueria, I passed the Eternal Yard Sale House down the block- every 'hood has one, right?- for the thousandth time... and finally bought something: a 50-year-old photo album with some cool old car photos. » 11/14/09 1:00pm 11/14/09 1:00pm

Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis Of Genius by Karl Ludvigsen

You know how a lot of marque-specific car books tend to be a bit on the lightweight side? A couple of anecdotes about the designers and then a lot of pretty pictures? Not this monster! » 10/04/09 3:00pm 10/04/09 3:00pm

500 Old Cars And Trucks Down On The Streets Of Alameda, California

More than two years after the first street-parked Alameda car in this series, we've reached the 500 mark! 1919 to 2000, Chevrolets to Rolls-Royces, econoboxes to muscle cars: all here! » 9/27/09 6:00pm 9/27/09 6:00pm

The Ultimate Automotive Survivors: 50 Cars Made For Over 20 Years

While the Beetle, Ambassador, Mini, and 2CV each enjoyed more than four decades of production in pretty much their original form, we mustn't overlook the other long-term survivors of the automotive world. » 9/06/09 2:00pm 9/06/09 2:00pm

Engine Of The Day: Chrysler Flathead Six

How long does an engine family need to survive in front-line use to become a legend? 42 years, like the Toyota R? 47, as with the small-block Chevy? Today's engine may have them both beat! » 9/05/09 11:00am 9/05/09 11:00am

Celebrating 450 Old Vehicles Down On The Alameda Street: Ford, Lincoln,…

I've shot so many interesting street-parked cars and trucks in Alameda that I can't fit them all in one post without causing brownouts along the Eastern Seaboard. Today is FoMoCo's turn! » 8/09/09 1:30pm 8/09/09 1:30pm

Murilee's Movie Car Hall Of Fame

If you were outraged by our neglect of your very favorite films in the 12 Greatest Car Movies post, get ready to blow your remaining head gasket! It's time for Murilee's Maddening Movie Machines! » 8/01/09 3:00pm 8/01/09 3:00pm

Celebrating 450 Old Vehicles Down On The Alameda Street: The Other…

As we continue to celebrate 450 cars photographed down on the Alameda, California street, we're going to follow up the Germans with the rest of the Europeans: Italy, France, Sweden, and the UK! » 7/25/09 6:00pm 7/25/09 6:00pm

Project Car Hell, Fun With Engine Swaps Edition: Hero Of Billetproof!

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! We haven't done a serious Engine Mix-&-Match PCH for a while, so let's burn! » 6/28/09 11:50pm 6/28/09 11:50pm

1939: When Chryslers Assembled Themselves

Imagine how much cheaper car assembly would be with no workers. No healthcare costs! No strikes! The pistons, they just march right in to that ol' flathead six! » 5/31/09 10:30am 5/31/09 10:30am