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A Mystery Car Identified – A 1909 Ricketts Model F


Recently the photo above was posted here on The Old Motor as a mystery car with the only known information about it being a caption on the back of the photo stating the following: Joe Ricketts – Mr. Milnes Uncle in derby. The man in the back seat of the car is his father. Joe Ricketts…

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The UAW Sit-Down Strikes at the Fisher Body Company

Sit-Down Strike at the Fisher Body Company

Late in December of 1936, members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) formed only a year earlier took the first major move to be recognized and become effective in representing the Nation’s auto workers. The first Fisher Body Company strike is reported to have started on December 28, 1936 at 2p.m at the Fisher plant in Collinwood,…

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Evansville Indiana Purchases a Motorized Patrol Wagon

1915 Cadillac Police Patrol Wagon

By Lieutenant Dan DeYoung:  The Evansville Indiana Police Department is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and I am on the committee that is creating a commemorative yearbook. This entailed digging through our archives of old photographs.This image shows the first Motorized Patrol Wagon the City purchased. Department folklore claimed it was a Ford Model T, but being knowledgeable…

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The Rare Chrysler Town and County Barrel Back Estate Wagons

1942 Chrysler Barrel Back Town and County Estate Wagon

A 1942 Chrysler Barrel Back Town and County Estate Wagon. By Steve Natale:  Chrysler is famous for their wood-paneled Town and County models, with the well-known nameplate appearing on many different vehicles for decades. Most collectors are familiar with the wood-bodied Town and County sedan and convertible produced from 1946 to 1948, but many have never…

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The Chicagoan, a Sports Car by Triplex Industries


A model showing the custom interior of the “Chicagoan” at the Chicago Auto Show, March 13, 1954. A little over three years ago the press photo at the bottom of this post was found showing the Chicagoan’s debut at the Chicago Auto Show in the Windy City on March 13, 1954. That image shows model…

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Repair Row – Montclair, New Jersey

A Mercer Raceabout, Model T Ford Speedster and a Stutz Touring car in Montclair, New Jersey. Many towns and cities usually have an area where older or inexpensive new buildings are located that cater to industrial uses and the service trades. This circa early-1920s photo courtesy of Charles Heyer shows what appears to be one of…

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Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 32 – Group Two Racing Action


Since its start in 1983, Lime Rock’s Historic Festival has become the East Coast’s premier vintage and historic racing event of the year. This year the Honored Guest was Sir Stirling Moss, who was accompanied with his wife Lady Susie. Ralph Lauren was named the Honored Collector this year and a number of magnificent cars from…

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The National Automotive School, Los Angeles, California

National Auto School 1926 vintage street scene

This pair of photos shows the National Automotive School that was located at 4006 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California, in a large building topped with some very impressive signage (the building has not survived). The image above is circa 1926, and shows an excellent view of the front of the learning establishment which also…

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Sunday in the Park Concours – Lime Rock Park Historic Festival

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300

Lime Rock Park’s Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance, a Northeastern institution, was held last weekend on September 1; it attracted 224 vehicles in 29 classes. After the judging of a field filled with outstanding cars was completed, a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 owned by Peter Sachs, won the Best of Show award. When new,…

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