Nostalgia

Last Oldsmobile: Oldest Auto Brand Dies

Many of us lost a dear friend yesterday (April 29, 2004) as the final Oldsmobile rolled off the Lansing assembly line. The oldest automotive brand name in US history died at age 106. My grandfather owned our family’s first Olds, a 1941 two-door, two-tone with Hydra-Matic transmission. Grandpa had lost the use of his left…

Nostalgia

My Father’s Brief Affair: 1949 Oldsmobile, 1959 Cadillac

When someone complains about how “things ain’t like they used to be,” the “used to be” is often the 1950s. Drawing from narrow, selective memories, we 60- and 70-somethings remember fondly the sweet innocence of that era. The idyllic domesticity of Father Knows Best. The unsullied humor of I Love Lucy. The temperance of kids,…

1939 Studebaker Green Bomb
Nostalgia

1939 Studebaker Green Bomb: Boy’s First Car

It wasn’t much on looks. It had more miles on it than God. We called it a Studebaker Green Bomb. It was a sexy (for that time) 1939 Green Studebaker. The clutch slipped, the rear shocks didn’t work, and inside it smelled like someone died. Or at least how I imagined that would smell. His…

Automobile Nostalgia
Nostalgia

Automobile Nostalgia: Your First Car Memories

The Green Bomb It wasn’t much on looks. It had more miles on it than God. The clutch slipped, the rear shocks didn’t work, and inside it smelled like someone died. But that ’39 Studebaker was my first car, first love. When I turned 17, My Dad bought me a new 53 Ford. I wanted…

Trivia & Facts

Who Built That Car?

Yet another challenge to that over-50 brain of yours Old friends during the ’40s and ’50s. We coveted them. Sometimes we even owned one or two. All gone now. How many can you remember? Which auto models belong with what builders? MODEL 1. Ambassador 2. Biscayne 3. Clipper 4. Commander 5. Fairlane 6. Firedome 7….

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