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The Old Motor Debut – Welcome to the New Site

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Welcome to the first new feature page here on the latest version of The Old Motor. Over three and a half years have passed since the site started in January of 2011, and in the meantime there have been changes in the way the internet is accessed. Smart phones and tablets are used by many today, and this…

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Recreating the 1927 Frank Lockhart Intercooler – Part I

Frank Lockhart and the Perfect Circle Miller Special – Indianapolis 1927. By Lee Stohr:  During the winter of 1926 and 1927, at the age of only 23, American racing car driver Frank Lockhart developed an intercooler for his Miller 91 c.i. racing engine. The straight-eight engine designed by Harry A. Miller, featured a centrifugal supercharger…

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The Eads Motor Co., Lexington Kentucky and two Ford Racing Cars

Ford-based racing cars and a Graham in front of the Eads Motor Co. The Eads Motor Co. pictured above was located at 256 East Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky. Little is known about the operation other than what can be found on the signage on the front of the building. The agency handled Diamond T…

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* Up Dated * A Few Automotive Oddities to Ponder

Thanks to a number friends that we have made in Europe, today we present you with three automobiles that are a bit off the beaten track. Little is known about any of them so if you can fill in any of the details about these vehicles please send us a comment. The propellor-driven car above…

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Russell Lee Photos – American Life in Waco, Texas

This is our second post in a series with photos taken during November of 1939, by photographer Russell Lee when he visited Waco, Texas, for the Farm Security Administration. The photographs above and below show Frank Sharp’s Tire shop that operated from his storefront and on both the sidewalk and street. Even late in the…

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Ziliox & Roe Motor Co. – A Buick, Chevrolet and Pontiac Dealer

Earlier in the week we posted a pair of photos from the Ziliox & Roe Motor Co. in Oxford, Ohio. Thanks to reader tinindian we found out that Max Ziliox bought the operation in 1925. Later on during the early thirties Zilox was handling both the Studebaker and the Rockne. At some point later on the dealership started…

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Hupmobile, Raymond Loewy and Russell Snowberger Team Up for 1932

A Vogue “Jumbo” Tire promotion in Los Angeles – USC Libraries photo. Facing trying times for 1932, Hupmobile management pulled out all the stops and hired Raymond Loewy to design a new and distinctive look to try to lure buyers into the salesroom. Loewy created a look for the new eight-cylinder Hupp, which when compared…

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Henry Ford’s Model TT Truck at Work at the Factory and the Farm

Henry Ford was well-known as being one of the most frugal of the captains of industry in the early part of the last century. He had everything possible done in house and under his control. The photo above shows one of a fleet of Model TT Ford Trucks that was outfitted for hauling drinking water around…

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The Klaxon Horn – The X-Ray of Sound

           What appears to be the first Klaxon Horn introduced during 1908 After recently viewing advertisements showing a number of the different models of Klaxon horns that were available in the early to mid-1930s, it appeared that tracing the origin of the horn back to its roots could prove to be…

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