Going Out In Style: Malaise Packard Hearse

Leaving the 2008 Orphan Car Show last weekend, we assumed we had already seen all the cars there were to see. But then, just as we walked out through the front gate, we saw this. Our first thought? Stutz hearse! Err, no, wait a second...
» 6/06/08 5:00pm 6/06/08 5:00pm

Davis 494X, For When A Jeep Has One Too Many Wheels

Do you think that four wheels are just too many for your bare-bones military vehicle? Well then, Mr. Secretary of Defense, may we interest you in contracting Davis Motorcar Company to build you this, the 494X? Unlike more conventional military vehicles, the 494X utilized Davis' existing three-wheel chassis. Sadly,… » 6/05/08 3:20pm 6/05/08 3:20pm

The Fabulous Hudson Hornet

Yes, it's the one and only Fabulous Hudson Hornet. While many of the classic automobiles on display at the 2008 Orphan Car Show came from far and wide, the journey for this piece of racing history was merely across town. That's because it now resides in the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, a facility that was… » 6/03/08 6:20pm 6/03/08 6:20pm

1951 Kaiser Traveler Retroactively Busts Segments

Sure, we loves us some El Camino-izations, but what if you go beyond the mere car/truck love child? What if you could have a vehicle that blends elements of sedans, trucks, and station wagons? No, we're not talking about the Twindoor Skoda Superb, or some other newfangled crossover. We're talking about real innovation!

» 6/03/08 2:20pm 6/03/08 2:20pm

AMC's Awesome Malaise Compacts

When we told you about the possibility of a new Chevy-branded compact car yesterday, the howls of lamentation quickly followed, as long-repressed memories of awful bowtie-badged compacts bubbled back into consciousness. But if you think those old Chevettes, Toyota-based Novas, and Citations were bad, you're forgetting… » 6/03/08 1:15pm 6/03/08 1:15pm

Nash Statesman Coupe and Ambassador Sedan

With perfect Michigan weather yesterday, there was no excuse for us not to make the drive over to Ypsilanti for the annual Orphan Car Show. Yes, it's a show dedicated to the fantastic classic cars left out in the cold by their dead brands. This year, the show's featured marques were Plymouth and DeSoto, but there were… » 6/02/08 4:40pm 6/02/08 4:40pm