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.
was the Chrysler Corporation's luxury model from
1955 to 1975.
The Dodge Custom
was the top of the Dodge line from 1955 to 1959.
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.
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
Ford Model A
Ford Model T
Ford entered the truck
market in 1917, but the first completely
Ford-made truck did not come out until 1923. The
truck line did so well that by 1926 Ford was
offering five different models.
The Great Smith
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.
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
The White Motor
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.