Monthly Archives: February 2001

1963 Buick Riviera

1963 Buick RivieraPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance General Motors got into the sports car business in 1953 when it introduced the Chevrolet Corvette, although being offered with only an automatic transmission, it wasn’t much of a sports car. Ford … Continue reading

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Bricklin

Photo: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Dreams and disaster in New Brunswick The similarities between Malcolm Bricklin and John DeLorean are inescapable. Both were high-flying promoters who tried to launch a modern North American-based automobile company. Both went into high … Continue reading

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BMW Isetta

1957 BMW Isetta 300Photo: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Bubble cars came onto the European auto scene in the 1950s in response to high gasoline prices, and the need for low cost weather-proof, personal transportation. Names like Messerschmitt, Heinkel, Goggombobil … Continue reading

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Austin-Healey Sprite

1960 Austin-Healey SpriteClick image to enlargePhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Although the Austin Healey was the essence of 1950s simplicity, it yielded driving enjoyment way beyond its basic mechanical credentials. A new element of fun had been introduced to … Continue reading

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Austin A40

1950 Austin A40Photo: Bill Vance by Bill Vance First of the modern post-war imports The first wave of imported cars to reach our shores following World War II came from Britain. And the name that most people associated with these … Continue reading

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Auburn

1935 Auburn Boat-Tailed SpeedsterPhoto: Bill Vance From one-cylinder runabout to 12-cylinder speedster by Bill Vance The Auburn Automobile Co., named after its home town of Auburn, Indiana, grew out of the Eckhart Carriage Co., owned by brothers Frank and Morris … Continue reading

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Amphicar

1967 AmphicarPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance The Amphicar aspired to be both a car and a boat. It was the embodiment of countless futuristic stories in magazines like Popular Science or Popular Mechanics predicting ever more breathtaking breakthroughs in … Continue reading

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Feature: Interest in ‘armoured’ vehicles increasing

Heightened concern about personal security has spurred increased interest in personal ‘armoured’ vehicles, according to the companies that armour those vehicles. Personal armoured vehicles are ordinary cars and trucks that have been modified to withstand attacks by assailants brandishing weapons … Continue reading

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50’s Kustom Kulture!

by Paul Williams You know, there are accessories and there are accessories. In the late 1950’s, and 1960’s, realistic looking rubber shrunken heads became a very popular automotive accessory among hot rodders of the period. The shrunken head phenomenon swept … Continue reading

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Let BOB recover your wasted oil

by Paul Williams click image to enlarge Each year close to three-and-a-half billion quart containers of motor oil are discarded in the US. Yes, that’s billion with a “b”. The thing is, there’s gold in them thar bottles, and here’s … Continue reading

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Dremel: a solution looking for a task

by Paul Williams In 1932, Albert J. Dremel founded the company that today bears his name. Mr. Dremel was an inventor. His specialty was applying electric motors to small, hand-powered tools, and ideas for this came thick and fast. In … Continue reading

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Wheels make the car

by Paul Williams Paul Williams goes shopping for shoes… er, wheels A female friend of mine spends a lot of time in shoe stores. Shoes are important to her, and at the risk of generalization, may I suggest that shoes … Continue reading

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G-Tech Pro Performance Meter

by Paul Williams I have to admit that when I first heard about the G-Tech Pro Performance Meter, it sounded a little far-fetched. After all, it’s just a small box that plugs into your car’s 12V powerpoint, and sits on … Continue reading

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