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Mystery Streamline Speedster at a Buick-Pontiac Agency

By Hampton Wayt: Updated – Automobile designers have long turned to aviation for inspiration, and today’s mystery car is no exception. Wearing 1930 Ontario dealer license plates and parked in front of a Buick-Pontiac dealership, this finely constructed fender-less roadster displays many interesting airplane styling cues. Immediately noticeable is the pointed “sweep panel” decoration and…

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Streamlining in 1899: Jenatzy’s “La Jamais Contente” and Vallée’s “Pantoufle”

Updated  – Editors note: This article is written by guest writer Hampton C. Wayt, a very knowledgeable and trained automotive historian. His field of interest is the design history of the automobile. By Hampton C. Wayt:  The “streamlining” of automobiles with an interest of attaining higher speeds is practically as old as the invention itself. The best-known early example of…

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EXCLUSIVE: Did the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation Design the 1934 Airflows? The Karl Arnstein Mystery

By Hampton C. Wayt:   Did Dr. Karl Arnstein, chief aerodynamicist of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation of Akron, Ohio – sister company to the German-based Luftschiffbau Zeppelin that built the ill-fated Hindenburg – design the 1934 Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows? The official story of the Airflows’ development, as told in Chrysler marketing of the time and in…

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