|Automobile Brand Names,
A to Z
|Automobiles in 1957
Almost all of the car models for 1957 were lower,
longer, and wider than they had ever been. They
had more glass, higher tail fins, and more
conservative colors (with black and white being
the most popular among consumers). Only a few
manufacturers did not introduce new bodies.
|Automobiles in 1958
|Automobiles in 1959
|Automobiles in 1960
The 1960 model year was loaded with compact cars,
with every American manufacturer marketing at
least one compact model. The most popular body
style in 1960 was the 4-door sedan, followed by
the station wagon.
|Automobiles in 1967
|Karl Friedrich Benz
is acknowledged as the inventor of the
automobile, thanks to his Benz Patent Motorwagen,
which was awarded a patent on January 29, 1886.
The first "horseless carriage" to be
powered by an internal combustion engine, it made
even more history when his wife took it on the
world's first long-distance "road trip"
Chevrolet was a very respected auto
mechanic and racer before co-founding Chevrolet
Motor Car Company with William Durant. A dispute
with Durant over what kind of cars the company
would produce resulted in Chevrolet selling the
rights to his name to his former business
began manufacturing piston rings in 1936. He
began manufacturing motorcycles in 1948, and by
1952 Honda accounted for 70% of Japan's
motorcycle production. He began manufacturing
automobiles in the early 1960's, and Honda race
cars were winning races by 1965.
began his automotive career by designing an
electric car, in 1900. One year later he
introduced the world's first petroleum-electric
hybrid vehicle. He subsequently built a series of
successful racecars, designed military vehicles,
and developed the first Volkswagen, before
finally designing the first car to carry his name
as a brand.
The charter of Societa Anonima
Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.)
was signed by Giovanni Agnelli and several
investors on July 11, 1899. The
company's first factory was opened in Carso Dante
in 1900, and by 1910 Fiat was the largest car
company in Italy.
Automobile was a state-of-the-art
automobile known for being well built and very
dependable. In 1908, a Great Smith became the
first car to climb Pike's Peak. But the car
proved too expensive for the general public, and
only about 1,200 were produced before the company
went out of business in 1912.
|The White Motor Company
was formed as a division of the White Sewing
Machine Company in 1901, and quickly became one
of the most successful manufacturers of steam
powered automobiles. Its gasoline powered
automobiles were also popular, and for decades
White was a world leader in the production of
trucks. It went out of business in 1985.
In 1930, Cadillac joined two
straight eights on a common crankshaft to create
a status symbol for the very rich, a V-16 that
got a "whopping" 5-6 miles to the
gallon on the highway while cruising at a top
speed of 90 miles per hour.
|The Chrysler Imperial
was the Chrysler Corporation's luxury model from
1955 to 1975.
|The Dodge Custom Royal
was the top of the Dodge line from 1955 to 1959.
Named for Henry Ford's estate, the Fairlane began
as a full-sized car in 1955 but had become a
mid-sized car by the time the model was retired
|Plymouth Model PB
Introduced on April 3, 1932, the
Model PB featured Plymouth's first
one-piece front fenders, which were more rounded
than those of most other models, and free
hydrogen is used in many industrial operations,
but shipping was difficult before this unit
became available in 1957.