Greatest Car Archive

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Immediately after its 1907 debut, the car embarked on a 2,000 mile endurance run proving the car's unparalleled quality and reliability.

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Porsche 911

When first introduced this model, purists where aghast. Little did they know how the car would virtually redefine the term "timeless."

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1959 Chevrolet El Camino

It was more an artistic success than a commercial triumph, but that does not diminish the importance of this highly stylized vehicle.

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Ford GT40

This car (the number designated its height in inches) was conceived by Henry Ford II to teach Enzo Ferrari a lesson: Don't mess with "The Deuce."

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Aston Martin DB4

As functional as it was beautiful, it was considered by many to be the best all-around GT car of its time.

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American Motors AMX

AMC was known for doing a lot with a little. And that approach was in use during with the development of this sports car.

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Chevrolet 1955-57

In 1955, Chevy decided to change its sedate image, just as rock-and-roll was gaining traction with America's youth.

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Buick Roadmaster

Dunbar Buick worked in the plumbing biz, patenting a process for bonding porcelain to iron that helped create the modern bathtub. He also dabbled in the auto industry.

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Tatra 77

Up until World War II, this Czechoslovakian company built advanced and imaginative automobiles inspired by the genius of Hans Ledwinka.

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Oldsmobile Rocket '88

Introduced for the 1949 model year, it was a revelation, setting the standard for every American V-8 engine that would follow it for at least three decades.

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BMW 507 Roadster

Born in the glory days of the sports car, raised with a distinguished pedigree and built to the highest standards, it failed to achieve commercial success.

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Oldsmobile Toronado

The sad truth is most people didn't understand that audacious automobile then, and they still don't understand it now.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1

A top speed of 200 mph? A 10-second quarter mile? Over the years, this 'Vette has truly taken on mythic proportions.

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Chevrolet Nomad

It turned the stereotype of the station wagon on its ear because this hauler was simply too cool for school.

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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

It had a sweet, powerful V-12 engine and a killer body, a shape that was staunchly traditional in its layout, yet modern and timeless in its execution.

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Datsun 240Z

Its greatness derived from the combination of competent engineering, evocative if derivative styling, better-than-average performance and low price.

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Porsche 550 Spyder

It played a significant role in the story of James Dean while helping to create the mystique of the Porsche Brand.

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Duesenberg J/SJ

During the 1930s, the rich and famous (such as Clark Gable) appreciated the Dusie's combination of luxury, speed and style.

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Hudson Hornet

It was sleek, innovative, fast and even helped make NASCAR a viable series in its early years. But unfortunately, all that still wasn't enough.

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Sunbeam Tiger

With the help of Carroll Shelby, this pint-size roadster became special -- and pretty quick -- after a V-8 was shoehorned into it.

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Mazda RX-7

This sports car was the result of a remarkable confluence of disparate antecedents that somehow fell together to create something great.

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Ford Model A

With the Model T showing its age, and competition from Chevrolet coming on strong, Ford decided to take some drastic measures.

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Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout

In the early 1900s, Ransom E. Olds bucked the trend and believed that a light, small and inexpensive car was the best way to go.

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Willys-Overland Jeep

No one may know exactly where its name came from. But this vehicle's importance and influence is certain.

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Packard Twin Six

There was a time when Packard could be mentioned in the same breath as Rolls-Royce. This V-12 model was a big reason why.

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Morris Mini Minor/Austin

For a car that had so many reasons not to work, it worked pretty darned well. Brilliantly, in fact.

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Ford V8

Reaching back to some of its founding principles, Ford produced its engine inexpensively, while delivering smoothness and performance

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Ford Mustang

OK, so it was a Ford Falcon under its skin. Few cars captured the youthful imagination and spirit of the Sixties like the 'stang.

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1964 Mercury Marauder

Although it wasn't the greatest muscle car of its time, it was a stout performer that put some steel in the Mercury brand image.

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Plymouth Barracuda

This sported-up Valiant was introduced two weeks before the Mustang, making it the first American "ponycar."

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Lamborghini Countach

After the troubled, yet beautiful, Miura ran its course, Lambo production head Paolo Stanzani got his chance to reinvent the sports GT car.

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Triumph TR-2

Somehow, the British car company Standard got all the planets to align in this model, if only for a little while.

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Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

Introduced in 1963, this version of the 'Vette found itself in a class with the world's best sports cars.

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Jaguar XK120

Fast, stylish and beautiful, this sports car helped pave the road for the British auto industry's thrilling post-WW II ride.

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Chevrolet Corvette C5

It was decreed that this 'Vette would be the supercar for Everyguy -- staggering performance accompanied by space and comfort as well.

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Rover Land Rover

In the aftermath of World War II, a British car company looked ahead and set out to build a "better" Jeep.

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Ford Model T

Considered the most influential auto of all time, the "T" received the respect it deserved only after its long production run ended.

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Oldsmobile 442

Officially known as option number B-09 Apprehender Pursuit, Olds tosses its hat (more accurately, its wheels) into the muscle car ring.

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Pontiac GTO

Immortalized in song and on drag strips from coast to coast, the Grand Turismo Omologato was a straight-from-the-factory, all-American hot rod.

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Jaguar E Type

Considered by many to be the most beautiful car ever created, this Jag combined speed, handling and style in one very sexy package.

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Chevrolet Corvette (1953-62)

Conceived during the sedate, Eisenhower-era, the 'Vette took a brash, bold approach to redefining motoring, American-style.

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Ford Thunderbird

Maybe it was a reaction to the Corvette. But by the time it entered production, the T-Bird was much more, and the "personal luxury" car was born.

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Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Out of the rubble of post-WWII Germany, M-B created a car that restored its reputation for engineering excellence and prowess on the racetrack.

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Bentley 3-Litre

In the 1920s, Walter O. Bentley and Henry Royce vied for the title of best English car maker.

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Citroen 2CV

Instructions to the car's engineers included the requirement that a farmer wearing his hat should be able to do so unimpeded in the new car.

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Ferrari 360 Spider

Stunningly attractive and seriously fast (top speed: 180+), it's the most technologically advanced convertible of all time.

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American Motors Javelin

In the wake of the Mustang, it was conceived as AMC's entry into the "ponycar" race. The company got it right -- against considerable odds.

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Austin 7

This Model T competitor (later a Model A competitor) helped turn Britain into a car-making nation worthy of the world stage.

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Chevrolet Camaro

The wild success of the Mustang combined with Ralph Nader's attacks on the Corvair helped launch Chevy's entry into the "pony" car race.

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Nash Metropolitan

Compared to the American behemoths of its day, it was undersized and underpowered. But this cute compact would be a harbinger of cars to come.

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Ferrari GTB/4 Berlinetta Boxer

Its big flat-12 engine had a lot to say about the body that wrapped around it. And what a body it was.

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Benz Patent Motor Wagen

Despite what in some ways was a primitive contraption, the first automobile was a far cry from a carriage with a motor on it.

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Austin-Healey Sprite

The "bug-eye" wasn't the greatest car that Donald Healey built, but because of its low price and high cuteness quotient, it had the most universal appeal.

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Dodge Charger

Based on the Coronet, it wasn't much of a looker. But who could forget its menacing full-width grille with those hidden headlights.

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Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

This sub-series replaced the Chevelle Malibu SS models, and their low-cost/high-performance equation and wide availability quickly made them extremely popular.

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Continental Mark II

It was hand-built to such a high quality standard that Ford claimed it lost a thousand dollars or so on every one it sold.

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Cadillac V-16

The tragedy of the V-16 is that it was a car tailor-made for the exuberance of the Twenties that was launched after the stock market crashed in October 1929.

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Lamborghini Miura

Quite simply, it changed everything about the way people thought about passenger cars. Oh, and it out-Ferraried Ferrari, too.

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Stanley Steamer

There was a time when many people believed the best way to propel a vehicle on road or rails was the same -- with steam.

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Chevrolet 409

The story of the Chevrolet 409 actually goes back to the mid-Fifties, when Chevrolet was preparing the follow-ups to its landmark 1955-57 series.

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Mercedes-Benz 500K/540K

They were among the best-engineered cars of the 1930's, a decade when car designers around the world seemed ready to try anything.

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Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

When fantasy collides head-on with reality something's got to give, and, sadly, reality usually wins out.

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Ferrari 550 Maranello

An exoticar with truly stupefying performance potential doesn't have to subject its driver and passenger to extravagant amounts of physical travail.

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Stutz Bearcat

In 1914, after a stirring list of racing victories, Henry C. Stutz added this model to his line.

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Porsche 356

Given the crippling combination of war, prison, and exile which surrounded its genesis, the creation of the company's first vehicle was well-nigh a miracle.

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Dodge Power Wagon

There was a time when the people who drove four-wheel-drive vehicles didn't drink cappuccino every morning on their way to shuttle their kids to soccer practice.

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Cord L-29

It was a technical and styling tour de force that immediately took its place as one of the most attractive cars on the road.

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Facel Vega

Why did Facel Vega become the noted French luxury marque of the Fifties and Sixties instead of Bugatti, Delahaye, Hotchkiss or Talbot-Lago? Find the answer here.

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Lotus Elan

Its strong was not straight-line acceleration but its handling prowess. One tester claimed the car felt "like an extension of your own body."

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Mercer Raceabout

The car that did so well in competition was virtually the same car the off-the-street customer could buy from a Mercer "agency."

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Ferrari Testarossa

It was a car designed and built to cash in on an image. The saving grace was it was also a damn good automobile.

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Tucker Torpedo Model 48

Preston Tucker wanted nothing less than to turn the American auto industry on its ear. And he believed that he had the stuff to do it.

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Lamborghini Diablo

It revels in being outrageous and uses that as its key marketing tool. Consider it a kind of Madonna for the road.

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Ferrari 250 GTO

Despite its racing heritage, it has also proven one of the most enduring street cars of all time, as its price at auction will attest.

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Cord 810/812 -- Phaeton

With hinged at the rear "suicide" doors, a steeply raked windshield and a close-fitting top, one is hard-pressed to imagine a better-looking automobile.

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Shelby Cobra

One of Shelby's first thoughts was how well a compact American V-8 might work in a light, but sophisticated European sports car chassis.

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Lotus Seven

Its incredible lightness gave it many virtues including nearly go-kart-like steering and effortless handling. Horsepower increases over the years only added to the fun.

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Citroen Traction Avant Berline

Contrary to legend, the company did not introduce the first front-wheel-drive production automobile. But it did make front-wheel-drive a success.

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Bugatti Type 51

It was introduced at the 1930 Paris Salon. The next year the car notched victories at the Monaco Grand Prix and the French Grand Prix.

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Audi quattro Sport

The brainchild of Dr. Ferdinand Piech, it offered supercar performance in a package that could be mistaken at first glance for a mid-level hatchback.

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Ford Skyliner

Back in 1957, just watching that gigantic steel roof disappear into its enormous trunk was cooler than any Sputnik those Godless communists could build.

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Marmon V-16

So what if it cost him his family fortune. The good news is Howard Marmon got to build great cars.

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Jensen Interceptor

The British car industry was once filled with quirky but industrious little enterprises like this one founded by Allan and Richard Jensen.

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McLaren F1

In the mid-to-late '90s, if you found Ferraris too common, and were bored by Bugattis, there was always this car. It's price: $1 million.

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Bentley Speed Six

Just before the stock market crash of '29, W.O. Bentley decided to transform his staid 6-Litre "Standard Six" into the performance-oriented "Speed Six," creating yet another legendary model.

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American Motors Rebel Machine

So it only sold 2,000 models. In its idiosyncratic way, this "Rebel Without a Cause" deserves a place on the list.

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Chevrolet Corvette Gen-6

The company focused on the three "P's" for its upgrade: power, passion and precision. It didn't disappoint, creating the best 'Vette ever.

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Pontiac Firebird

Even though it was late to the ponycar party, this Mustang fighter was an immediate sales success.

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Cadillac Series 62

"Less is more"? How about "more can always use more"? This was the space-age automobile that took styling to the illogical extreme.

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BMW 2002

It defined what a German sport sedan should be. All that have come since are simply copies of the car that almost never was.

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BMW M1

Its raison d'etre was simple: Build a car capable of competing in the prestigious arena of World Sportscar racing.

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Volkswagen Beetle

One of the word's most popular automobiles suffered many false starts and survived much hardship along its road to extraordinary success.

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Aston Martin DB7

"Reasonably" priced at $80K, it was a success that sent the company down a new road, one more appropriate for a modern automobile manufacturer.

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Hummer H1

Maybe not that surprising, it shares the same roots with the Jeep, which are planted deeply in the soil of solidly Midwest Indiana.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Cute, fun to drive and affordable, the "Lotus Elan that starts" became the best selling convertible sports car of all time.

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Bugatti Royale

Only six or seven (no one knows the exact number) of these beauties were built. They were meticulously crafted and fantastic examples of automotive art.

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Chrysler Airflow

The innovative engineering work done by Carl Breer and his staff is a silent but important part of every car we drive today.

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Cadillac Model 30

Equipped with a generator, storage battery, electric lights and battery ignition, this 1912 model was the precursor of the modern automobile.

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1949 Ford

Born of necessity, it was a step forward for Ford, starting a new era of clean, modern and progressive design.

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Chrysler C-300

Considered to be the first American "muscle car," it was a handsome devil, suave, debonair and substantial car, perfect for the button-downed Fifties.

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Citroen SM

In 1972, this French-designed and built automobile, was widely regarded as the best car in the world.

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Auburn 851/852 Speedster

Capable of topping 100 mph, it became nothing but a wistful memory of what could have been -- maybe should have been -- but wasn't.

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Volvo P1800

It wasn't fast. And it wasn't the greatest handling car of its day. But there was one thing it was: it was cool. cars

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Jaguar D-Type

This swoopy race car established the great British marque as a performance car maker, bare none.

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Edsel

In this department, the Edsel checks in as The Greatest Failure, a car line that didn't live up to its over-optimistic expectations on a colossal scale.

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Dodge Viper RT/10

Like the Shelby Cobra that inspired it, this car was rough, crude and unsophisticated but, at the same time, brutally powerful.

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Maserati Tipo 60/61 "Birdcage"

With its intricate tubular chassis, which gave it its nickname, it was far too expensive to build for more than a few wealthy car-crazies.

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Crosley Hotshot

Innovator Crosley Powel made a lot of left turns as a producer of automobiles. This sports car, his last venture, was his most memorable.

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Nash Twin-Ignition Eights

The company did a superior job of creating cars for the vast American middle class that were as solid, honest and hard-working as the citizens who bought them.

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Chevrolet "Stovebolt" Six

This car's story is a tale of American competition that pitted the prot

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Ripley Light Six

The remarkable story of Thomas B.Ripley and his amazing automobile -- and why you've never heard it.

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Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

It was a solidly built, comfortable open car with great touring credentials that set a new standard for sports cars from the venerable automaker.

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1939 LaSalle

Very few cars have gone out of production because they sold too well -- but this one did. LaSalle's demise was caused by its success.

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Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK

By 1905, Gottlieb Daimler's automobile company had become pretty dull. The arrival of a certain Ferdinand Anton Porsche would soon change that.

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MG-TC

If it weren't for this British automobile pioneering the way for the modern sports car in the U.S., we probably would never have seen any American sports cars at all.

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Duryea Motor Wagon

It was the first American company to build a successful automobile. Yet sadly, it's just an obscure footnote in the history of the industry it created.

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Stutz Model AA Vertical 8

This car, that the company's founder had nothing to do with, still bore Henry C. Stutz's unmistakable stamp.

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Morgan 4/4

It went from contemporary to venerable to outdated to rejuvenated to out-moded to timeless over the course of its seven decades.

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