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The Automotive Fine Arts Society

From the earliest days of motoring, advertising was the primary venue for auto-related art. Accomplished painters like Peter Helck produced some very high quality work from the 1920’s through the 1940’s but for the most part the fine art community considered such stuff mere illustration. However, in recent years, the genre has come into it’s…

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Ab Jenkins and a Cord at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,1937

Amongst our favorite subjects here at The Old Motor are the endurance runs made in the earlier days of motoring. Whether on a race track, dry lake or public road, the effort it took to perform such feats cannot be fully appreciated by anyone who hasn’t spent time behind the wheel of an older car….

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Sensuous Steel – Art Deco Automobiles at the Frist Museum

The Delahaye 135MS Figoni and Falaschi Roadster first seen at the 1937 Paris Auto Salon from the Collection of The Revs Institute for Automobile Research at the Collier Collection. An exhibition of some truly remarkable automobiles is currently in progress at The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee and runs until September 15, 2013. A must see for lovers…

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Detroit Auburn – Cord Sales and Service

By the time these photos were taken (we’re guessing it was around 1929 or 1930) the Indiana upstart, Auburn, had already been building quality cars for more than 25 years. Here they have invaded Michigan and these reputable looking gentlemen are hawking their two lines of cars right in the “Big Three’s” backyard, Detroit. Aside…

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A Very Rare Hollywood Graham in Rio de Janerio, Brazil

This car represents the end of the road for the Graham Company, which up to 1929 had been called the Graham-Paige. It was also the end for Hupmobile, who in 1940 bought the left over Cord 810/812 body dies in a last ditch effort to save the company. Hup-mobile was in bad  financial shape, but…

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Four L-29 Cords In Oklahoma City

An interesting photo of four L-29 Cords in front of what was then the Auburn-Cord and possibly Duesenberg dealer in Oklahoma City, OK. The photo appears to have been taken before or after a parade, as there is in a truck in the background which appears to have served as a float. The building has…

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Alden Handy and a Cord in New York City

Alden Handy captured this very interesting photo of a Cord parked on the street in New York City and captioned it only as follows “Cord convertible sedan. Taken on Lexington Ave., 24 May, 1951,  N.Y.C.” After a bit of study it appears to be a well taken care of fifteen year old car at the time…

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Don’t Try This At Home

Alice Sisty, a Mexico City cow girl used to preform this act at rodeos and fairs in the thirties and forties. We have seen three photos of her jumping and it is always over her stylish Cord. We have found a reference to her being a tandem-jump, rodeo champion in an advertisement for Conoco motor…

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A Sad Depression Era Ending

A once breath taking design by Cord was salvaged by Hupmobile in its last gasp effort to stay alive in 1939. Hupmobile bought the body dies left over from the Cord 810, changed the nose and called this their Skylark. With this March, 18  introduction photo was a statement that it would be first shown…

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