The Greatest Dead American Car Brands From The 1950s

America has had a rough week. The tragedies in Massachusetts and Texas are still firmly on everyone’s minds, despite the jubilation last night, and it can begin to weigh on a country. With all that’s been going on, why don’t we take a brief respite and work up a bit of nostalgia? » 4/20/13 1:30pm 4/20/13 1:30pm

Ancient Arizona Kaisers Have Never Experienced Rust, Believe Life Is…

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 11/13/08 3:00pm 11/13/08 3:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . You don't see many 1940s cars that live outside and haven't succumbed to the dreaded Rust Monster, but iron atoms have a tougher time getting together with oxygen in Arizona's dry climate.…

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!
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PCH, Factory Supercharger Edition: Kaiser Manhattan or VW Corrado G60?

It would appear that sheer number of doors trumps all other factors when it comes time to pick an airport limo for your next punitive project car, as evidenced by the results of yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll. And I've got to admit that I almost didn't include the Hexador Suburban... because I was calculating… » 1/18/08 5:00pm 1/18/08 5:00pm

Commenter of the Day: Out-of-Biz Marquee Edition

Remember Pan Am and TWA? Yeah, neither do I. But I do remember that for a time I thought I could impress girls by quoting Shakespeare from memory, specifically Macbeth. Anytime someone would mention the temporal nature of existence, which was a disturbingly common theme amongst girls that would agree to date me, I'd… » 12/13/07 5:30pm 12/13/07 5:30pm

John North Willys, Automotive Pioneer

We once had a French roommate into hot rods and sportbikes. Given that he'd become an American citizen whose nation of birth had been liberated by men driving vehicles manufactured by a company founded and shepherded by one John North Willys, we always thought his prediliction toward referring to the company as "Willis"… » 5/18/07 12:00am 5/18/07 12:00am

More Brazilian Willys Action: '66 Aero Hoonage


I couldn't reach my Brazilian friend for a Portuguese-to-English translation of Senhor Hoon's opening statement, but I'm pretty sure it goes something along the lines of "Hey, watch this, y'all!" Granted, it's fairly tame hoonage, but it's a Willys Aero doing it, dammit! None of your fancy seat belts, disc brakes, or… » 3/30/07 4:50pm 3/30/07 4:50pm

The Girl From Itamaraty: Willys Limo, Brazilian Style

Willys is mostly known for its iconic Willys MB (aka WW2 Jeep), but the company made a car from 1951 through 1955: the Aero-Willys. When Kaiser acquired Willys-Overland and decided to ditch cars in favor of hotter-selling Jeeps, the Aero's tooling ended up in Brazil, where production continued well into the 1970s. The… » 3/30/07 12:31pm 3/30/07 12:31pm