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KANSAS CITY 2014 // DEC 4 -6
Kansas City Convention Center // 301 West 13th Street // Kansas City, MO 64105


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Shelby Fastback

Engine Stats

428/355 HP Trans
4-Speed Color
Red Interior



– Shelby No. 2720
– Professionally restored by Ray Shimak
– AACA Junior and Senior award winner
– Rebuilt 428/355 HP Police Interceptor V-8
– Factory 4-speed car
– Original BJ and BK series carburetors
– Power steering and brakes
– Original order sheet
– Deluxe Marti Report
– Listed in the Shelby Registry
– Owner’s manual and reproduction window sticker
– Autographed by Carroll Shelby
– Owned by one family from 1970-2005
– Kelsey Hayes 10 spoke Shelby wheels
– Goodyear Polyglas tires
– Dealer installed Koni shocks
– Factory markings on the undercarriage
– Candy Apple Red with White stripes
– Mostly original Black interior except new carpet and seat upholstery




Engine Stats

426 CI Trans
4-Speed Color
Purple Interior



– Left the factory with a 383 CI engine
– Original owner ordered a 426 CI Hemi through Claude R Short Dodge in Santa Monica, California
– The dealer installed the Hemi engine with headers, R/T exhaust tips and valence, Shaker hood with pins, pedal dress up and chrome mirrors before the original owner took delivery of the vehicle
– Window sticker with dealer addendum
– 4-speed transmission
– Rallye wheels and White letter tires
– Flip-top lock gas cap
– Power brakes and convertible top
– Rallye instrument cluster and console
– High Impact Plum Crazy paint
– Original jack and collapsible spare
– Rotisserie restoration in 2003
– Stored in climate controlled facility
– 1971 dealership advertisements
– Operator’s manual
– 1971 Scat Pack brochure
– Chrysler Registry documentation


Cars for Sale at Kansas City Mecum Auction 2014


Lot Type Year Make Model
F4 Feature 1971 Chevrolet Pickup
F5 Feature 1968 Ford LTD
F6 Feature 2006 Pontiac GTO
F7 Feature 1988 Land Rover Defender Country Edition
F8 Feature 1984 Ford Mustang Cobra Predator
F10 Feature 1987 Buick Grand National
F11 Feature 2001 Pontiac Trans Am
F12 Feature 1986 GMC Sierra Classic Pickup
F15 Feature 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F17 Feature 1972 Chevrolet Camaro
F18 Feature 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback
F19 Feature 2011 Cadillac CTS Premium
F20 Feature 2008 BMW 328i Convertible
F21 Feature 1946 Mercury Coupe
F22 Feature 1952 Ford F100 Pickup
F23 Feature 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
F24 Feature 1975 Chevrolet Nova
F25 Feature 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible
F27 Feature 2002 Porsche Boxster S Convertible
F28 Feature 1977 Dodge Warlock Pickup
F29 Feature NR 1999 BMW Z3 M Roadster
F30 Feature NR 1991 Chevrolet Pickup
F31 Feature 2004 BMW 330cic Convertible
F32 Feature 1991 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible
F33 General 1969 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
F34 Feature 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
F35 Feature 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe
F36 Feature 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
F37 Feature 1971 Pontiac GTO
F38 Feature 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F39 Feature 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible
F40 Feature 1986 Buick Grand National
F41 Feature 1991 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F42 Feature 1985 Maserati Bi-Turbo Coupe
F42.1 General 1995 Chevrolet Impala SS
F43 Feature 1993 Chevrolet Corvette
F44 Feature 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL500 Coupe
F45 Feature 1999 Mauck MSV 1120S Luxury Coach
F45.1 Feature 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible
F46 Feature 1986 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
F47 Feature 2000 Jaguar XK8 Convertible
F48 Feature 1969 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
F49 Feature 2001 Bentley Arnage
F50 Feature 1970 GMC Fire Truck
F51 Feature 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500R Convertible
F52 Feature 1951 Hudson Street Rod
F53 Feature NR 1963 Buick Wildcat Convertible
F54 Feature 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible
F55 Feature 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super Pickup
F57 Feature 1980 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F58 Feature 2002 Lexus SC430 Convertible
F59 Feature 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
F60.1 General 1996 GMC Yukon
F61 Star 2002 BMW 325i
F62 Star 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F63 Star 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F64 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
F65 Star 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Brougham
F66 Star 1953 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup
F67 Star 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado
F68 Star 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F69 Star 1990 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
F70 Star 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F71 Star 2004 Pontiac GTO
F72 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
F73 Star NR 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F74 Star 2007 Cadillac SRX
F75 Star 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
F75.1 Star 1974 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds Pace Car Edition
F76 Star 1968 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
F77 Star 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible
F78 Star 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
F79 Star 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
F80 Star 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubble Top
F81 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
F82 Star 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F86 Star 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
F87 Star NR 1922 Ford Model T Roadster
F87.1 Star 1907 International Auto Wagon
F88.1 Star 2002 Lexus SC430 Convertible
F89 Star 1953 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon
F90 Star 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback
F90.1 Star 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Street Rod
F91.1 General 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited S
F92 Star 1927 Chevrolet Landau
F93 Star 1970 GMC Grande Custom Pickup
F94 Star 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F95 Star 1965 Chevrolet Malibu Convertible
F95.1 Star 1994 Ford Ranger
F96 Star 1989 Chevrolet Pickup
F97 Star 1996 Chevrolet Corvette
F97.1 Star 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F98 Star 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible
F98.1 General NR 2005 Cadillac Escalade
F99 Star 1929 Hudson Super Six Coupe
F99.1 General 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F100.1 General 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F101 Star 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
F102 Star 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
F102.1 Star 1969 Chevrolet Short Bed Pickup
F103 Star NR 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
F104 Star 1978 Porsche 911 SC Targa Coupe
F105 Star 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition
F105.1 Star 1970 Plymouth Hemi GTX
F106 Star 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Pickup
F107 Star 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
F108 Star 1998 Jaguar XK8 Convertible
F109 Star 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
F109.1 General 2006 Dodge Charger R/T
F110 Star 1952 Chevrolet 5 Window Pickup
F111 Star NR 1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
F112 Star 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Hardtop
F112.1 Star 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F113 Star 2004 Cadillac XLR
F114.1 General 1970 Plymouth Barracuda
F115 Star 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
F116 Star NR 1948 Packard Victoria Convertible
F117 Star 1972 Chevrolet Nova Sport
F118 Star 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix
F119 Star 1938 Plymouth P6 Street Rod
F119.1 Star 1941 GMC Pickup
F120 Star 1951 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup
F120.1 Star 1971 Ford Torino
F121 Star 1969 GMC Sierra Grande Pickup
F121.1 Star NR 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
F122 Star 1982 Chevrolet Pickup
F123 Star 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS
F124 Star 1965 Oldsmobile 442
F125 Star 1950 Chevrolet Sedan Street Rod
F125.1 General 1975 Pontiac Firebird
F127 Star 2006 BMW 750li
F127.1 Star 1972 Oldsmobile Toronado
F128 Star 1977 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F129 Star 1958 BMW Isetta 300
F130 Star 1994 Pontiac Firehawk
F130.1 Star 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F131 Star 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL
F132 Star 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
F133 Star 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F134 Star 1957 Chevrolet Pickup
F135 Star 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
F135.1 Star 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Hardtop
F136 Star 1939 Plymouth Coupe
F136.1 Star 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F137 Star 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible
F138 Star 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
F138.1 Star 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Street Rod
F139 Star 1928 Chevrolet Roadster
F140 Star 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F141 Star 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Gasser
F141.1 General 1970 Chevrolet Nova
F142 Star 2002 Ford Excursion Limousine
F143 General 1976 Pontiac Trans Am
F143 Star 1976 Pontiac Trans Am
F144 Star 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
F145 Star 2002 Mazda Miata Convertible
F146 Star 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe
F147 Star 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Hardtop
F148 Star 1968 Plymouth GTX
F149 Star 1988 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
F150 Star 1972 DeTomaso Pantera
F150.1 General 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS
F151 Star 1950 Mercury Lead Sled
F152 Star 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
F152.1 Star 1957 Buick Special Convertible
F153 Star 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Convertible
F154 Star NR 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
F155 Star 1970 Buick Gran Sport
F156 Star 1967 Chevrolet El Camino
F156.1 Star 2005 Big Dog Mastiff
F157 Star 1966 Ford Mustang
F158 Star 1954 Ford Skyliner
F159 Star 1968 Pontiac Beaumont SD
F160 Star 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
F161 Star 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Resto Mod
F162 Star 1968 Chevrolet Pickup
F163 Star 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
F164 Star 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super Pickup
F165 Star 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
F166 Star 1966 Ford Mustang
F166.1 General 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
F167.1 General 1976 Pontiac Trans Am
F169 Star 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
F169.1 General 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
F170 Star 1971 Pontiac Formula 400
F170.1 Star 1970 Plymouth Road Runner
F171 Star 1971 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
F172 General 1970 Chevrolet Corvette
F174 Star 2007 Porsche 911 S4
F175 Star 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS
F176 Star 2004 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
F177 Star 1956 MG A Roadster
F178 Star 1974 Ford F250 Pickup
F179 Star 1973 Chevrolet Camaro
F180 Star 1968 Buick Electra Convertible
F181 Star 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F182 Star 1968 Chevrolet Pickup
F183 Star 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS
F184 Star 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1
F185 Star 1980 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F186 Star 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Street Rod
F187 Star 1957 Chevrolet 210
F187.1 Star 1965 Plymouth Fury Convertible
F188 Star 2000 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F189 Star 1954 Packard Convertible
F191 Star 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
F192 Star 1940 Chrysler Windsor Convertible
F193 Star 1957 Chevrolet 150 Hot Rod
F194 Star 1947 Packard Clipper Limousine
F195 Star 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger
F197 Star 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
F198 Star 1967 Buick Special
F199.1 General 2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
F200 Star NR 1968 Chevrolet Suburban
F201.1 General 2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible
F202 Star 1979 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
F203 Star 1967 Pontiac Firebird
F204 Star 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
F205 Star 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
F206 Star 1979 GMC Jimmy
F207 Star 1954 Chevrolet Pickup
F209 Star 1907 Black Motor Surrey Model 2
F210 Star 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
F211 Star 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
F212 Star 1989 Jaguar XJ6
F214 Star 1967 Pontiac Lemans
F215 Star 2005 Chrysler 300
F216 Star 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
F217 Star 1935 Chevrolet Standard
F218 Star 1953 Ford F250 Pickup
F219 Star NR 1947 Studebaker Champion
F220 Star 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan
F221 Star 1953 Bentley R Type
F222 Star 1965 Chevrolet Malibu Convertible
F223 Star 2007 Ford Shelby GT500
F224 Star 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
F226 Star 1969 Chevrolet Malibu
F271 Feature 1968 Chevrolet Impala
F272 Feature 1968 Plymouth Barracuda
J9 NR Aerosmith Autographed Guitar
J10 NR ACDC Autographed Guitar
J11 NR Paul McCartney Autographed Guitar
J12 NR Fleetwood Mac Autographed Guitar
K9 NR Van Halen Autographed Guitar
K10 NR Boston Autographed Guitar
K11 NR Rolling Stones Autographed Guitar
K12 NR Paul Mccartney Autographed Guitar
H9 NR Red Hot Chili Peppers Autographed Guitar
H10 NR Crosby Stills And Nash Autographed Guitar
H11 NR Led Zeppelin Autographed Guitar
H12 NR E Street Band Autographed Guitar
S12 Feature 1957 Ford Thunderbird
S13 Feature 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup
S15 Feature 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible
S16 Feature 1965 Chevrolet Biscayne
S17 Feature 1968 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
S18 Feature 1964 Chrysler 300K Hardtop
S19 Feature 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix
S20 Feature 1968 Pontiac Tempest Convertible
S21 Feature 1971 Buick Riviera
S22 Feature 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible
S23 Feature 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible
S24 Feature 1970 Chevrolet C10 Custom Pickup
S25 Feature 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe
S26 Feature 1959 Morris Minor Roadster
S27 Feature 1957 Ford Thunderbird
S28 Feature 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL500
S29 Feature 1969 MG B Convertible
S30 Feature 1960 BMW Isetta 600
S30.1 Feature 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible
S31 Feature 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
S32 Feature 1987 Buick Grand National
S33 Feature 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
S34 Feature 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
S35 Feature 1974 BMW 3.0 CS
S35.1 General 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Convertible
S36 Feature 1953 Willys Custom
S36.1 Feature 1995 Ford Mustang GT
S37 Feature 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
S38 Star NR 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S38.1 Feature NR 2001 Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas
S39 Feature 1968 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
S40 Feature 1973 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
S41 Feature 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
S42 Feature NR 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe
S42.1 Feature 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
S43 Feature 2013 Ford Mustang Roush Stage 3
S44 Feature 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
S45 Feature 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo
S46 Feature 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible
S46 Feature 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible
S47 Feature 1967 Ford Mustang
S47.1 Feature 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible
S48 Feature 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE
S49 Feature 1940 Ford Coupe
S49.1 Feature 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S50 Feature 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
S50.1 Star 1974 Dodge Dart Sport
S51 Feature 1932 Ford Coupe Street Rod
S53 Feature 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S53.1 Feature 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS
S54 Feature 1970 Dodge Charger
S55 Feature 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
S56 Feature 2002 Pontiac Trans Am WS6
S57 Feature 2010 Chevrolet Camaro ZL575
S58 Feature 1946 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Pickup
S59 Feature 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
S60 Feature 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
S60.1 Feature 1987 Buick Grand National
S61 Star 1977 Ford F100 Pickup
S61.1 Star 1972 Chevrolet Nova Coupe
S62 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pace Car Edition
S63 Star 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
S63.1 Star 1960 International Travelall
S64.1 Star 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
S65 Star 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
S66 Star 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible
S66.1 Star 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback
S67 Star 1969 AMC AMX
S67.1 General 2000 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
S68 Star 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
S68.1 Star 1961 Buick Lesabre Convertible
S69 General 2004 Cadillac XLR
S70 Star 1966 Chevrolet Nova
S70.1 Star 1972 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Hardtop
S71 Star 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28
S72 Star 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS
S72.1 Star 1970 Plymouth Cuda
S74 Star 1955 Chevrolet Pickup
S74.1 Star 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
S75 Star 1966 Mercury Cyclone GT Pace Car Edition
S75.1 General 1994 BMW 840ci
S76 Star NR 1936 Ford Dump Truck
S76.1 Star 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S77 Star 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
S78 Star 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
S78.1 Star NR 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
S79 Star 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
S80 Star 1974 Oldsmobile Hurst Olds W-30
S80.1 Star 1937 Ford Cabriolet Street Rod
S81 Star 1955 Chevrolet Pickup
S81.1 Star 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S82 Star 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
S83 Star 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
S83.1 Star 1941 Ford Custom Pickup
S84 Star 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
S85 Star 1935 International Harvester C35
S85.1 Star 1938 Mercury Convertible
S86 Star 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S87 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
S87.1 Star 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S88 Star 2014 Ford Mustang Hertz Penske GT
S88.1 Star 1922 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup
S89 Star 1966 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
S90 Star 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
S90.1 General 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S91 Star 1957 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Pickup
S91.1 General 1970 Ford Mustang
S92 Star 1951 Ford Custom
S92.1 Star 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
S93 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28
S93.1 General 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible
S94 Star 1959 Chevrolet El Camino
S95 Star 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 Pace Car Edition
S96 Star 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Resto Mod
S96.1 Star 1971 Pontiac Firebird Coupe
S97 Star 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Resto Mod
S98 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
S98.1 General 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix
S99 Star 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
S100 Star 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator
S100.1 Star 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria
S101 Star 1998 Chevrolet Corvette
S101.1 Star 2005 Ford GT
S102 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS
S103 Star 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S103.1 Star 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible
S104 Star 1951 Chevrolet Suburban
S105 Star 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
S105.1 Star 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe Street Rod
S106 Star 1948 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible
S106.1 General 1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco
S107 Star 1950 Chevrolet Suburban
S107.1 Star 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special
S108.1 Star 1957 DeSoto Fireflite
S109 Star 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
S109.1 General 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S110 Star 1970 Buick GSX Replica
S110.1 General 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S111 Star 1960 Chevrolet El Camino
S112 Star 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop
S112.1 Star 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7
S113 Star 1941 Chrysler Windsor Convertible
S113.1 Star 1969 Ford Mustang
S114 Star 2006 Assembled Chevrolet Pickup
S114.1 Star 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible
S116 Star 1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
S116.1 Star 1950 Plymouth Deluxe
S117 Star 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
S118 Star 1957 Dodge W100 Power Wagon
S119 Star 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
S119.1 Star 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S120 Star 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback
S120.1 Star 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS
S121 Star 1940 Ford Standard Coupe
S121.1 General 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S122 Star 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Resto Mod
S123 Star NR 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Hardtop
S124 Star 1972 Chevrolet Rally Nova
S125 Star 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible
S125.1 Star 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Pickup
S126 Star 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
S127 Star 1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th Anniversary
S127.1 Star 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback
S128 Star 1973 Ford Bronco
S129 Star 1953 Ford Customline Club Coupe
S130 Star 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible
S130.1 Star 1972 Ford F100 Ranger Pickup
S131 Star 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
S132 Star 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible
S133 Star 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
S133.1 Star 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
S134 Star 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible
S135 Star 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Resto Mod
S135.1 Star NR 1956 Chevrolet 210
S136 Star 2007 BMW M6 Convertible
S137 Star 1957 Ford Thunderbird
S138 Star 1942 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe
S139 Star 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible
S140 Star 1938 Ford Coupe Street Rod
S141 Star 1965 Chevrolet Nova
S142 Star 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
S144 Star 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
S145 Star 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
S146 Star NR 1969 Ford Bronco Custom
S147 Star 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible
S149 Star 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring
S150 Star NR 2012 Ford F150 SVT Raptor Pickup
S151 Star 1968 Pontiac GTO
S152 Star 2007 Bentley Continental GT
S153 Star 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible
S154 Star 1953 Ford F100 Pickup
S155 Star 1923 Ford T-Bucket
S169 Star 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
T8 Feature 1956 Chevrolet 210
T9 Feature 1983 Lincoln Mark VI
T10 Feature 2006 Ford Mustang
T11 Feature 1982 Cmc Gazelle
T12 Feature 2000 Ford E450 Limousine Bus
T13 Feature 1959 Studebaker Lark
T14 Feature 1954 Chevrolet 150
T15 Feature 1991 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
T16 Feature 1947 Chrysler Windsor
T17 Feature 1955 Ford Custom Coupe
T18 Feature 1973 Jeep CJ-5
T19 Feature 1979 MG B Convertible
T20.1 General NR 1952 Chevrolet Styleline
T21 Feature 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible
T22 Feature 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc Convertible
T23 Feature 2014 Reconstructed Jeep CJ-5
T24 Feature NR 1950 Packard
T25 Feature 1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
T25.1 Feature NR 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II
T26 Feature 2003 BMW 330cic Convertible
T27 Feature 1977 Harley-Davidson Super Glide
T30 Feature 2002 Mercedes-Benz S500
T31 Feature NR 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL
T32 Feature 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
T33 Feature 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
T35 Feature 1999 Mercedes-Benz 500SL
T35.1 General 1966 Ford Mustang
T36 Feature 1984 Chevrolet Silverado C20 Pickup
T37 Feature 2003 Ford Thunderbird
T38 Feature 1996 Mercury Cougar XR7
T40 Feature 2000 Jaguar XK8 Convertible
T41 Feature NR 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
T42 Feature NR 1968 Ford Mustang
T43 Feature 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
T44 Feature 1967 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide
T45 Feature 1969 GMC Pickup
T45.1 Feature 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Drag Car
T46 Feature 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible
T47 Feature 2001 Ford Excursion
T48 Feature 2002 Nissan Xterra
T49 Feature 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
T50 Feature 1964 Ford Galaxie 500
T51 Feature NR 2003 Land Rover Discovery Series II
T52 Feature 1994 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible
T53 Feature 1971 Cadillac
T55 Feature NR 1927 Ford Model T
T56 Feature 1986 Porsche 911
T57 Feature 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
T58 Feature 2004 Mercury Mountaineer
T59 Feature 1986 Chevrolet 1 Ton Dually Pickup
T60 Feature 1936 Ford Pickup
T60.1 Feature 1984 Dodge Ramcharger
T61 Star 1979 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
T62 Star 2004 Pontiac GTO
T63 Star 1966 Chevrolet Nova
T64 Star 1960 Cadillac Sedan Deville
T65 Star 1972 Ford Ranchero GT
T66 Star 1990 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T67 Star 2005 Infiniti Q45
T68 Star 1995 Ford F150 XLT Pickup
T69 Star NR 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe
T70 Star 1990 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T71 Star 1984 Pontiac Trans Am
T72 Star 1995 Ford Bronco
T73 Star 1973 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super Pickup
T74 Star 1956 Ford Club Sedan
T75 Star 1998 Jaguar XJ8
T75.1 Feature 1998 Cadillac Eldorado ETC
T76 Star 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
T77 Star 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS
T78 Star 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T79 Star 2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport
T79.1 General 1984 Chevrolet Corvette
T80 Star 1987 Buick Grand National
T80.1 General 1949 Ford Custom
T81 Star 1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible
T82 Star 1999 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
T83 Star 1992 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
T84 Star 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition
T85 Star 1986 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
T86 Star 1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible
T87 Star 1996 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
T88 Star 1995 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T89 Star NR 1980 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
T90 Star 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
T90.1 Star 2001 BMW 325i Convertible
T91 General 2006 Audi A8
T91.1 General 1994 Chevrolet Caprice
T92 Star 1987 Chevrolet K10 Pickup
T92.1 Star 1991 Chevrolet C1500 Short Bed Pickup
T93 Star 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition
T94 Star 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T95 Star 1953 Dodge M37
T96 Star 2005 Jaguar S-Type R
T97 Star NR 1975 Oldsmobile Toronado
T98 Star 1955 Buick Super Hardtop
T99 Star 1969 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
T100 Star 1975 Dodge Dart
T101 Star 1974 Chevrolet Camaro
T102 Star NR 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe
T103 Star 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
T104 Star 1978 Chevrolet Camaro
T105 Star 2005 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
T106 Star 1971 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
T107 Star 1972 Chevrolet El Camino
T108 Star 1979 Chevrolet Corvette
T109 Star 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Convertible
T110 Star 1964 Chevrolet Impala
T111 Star 1937 Chevrolet Pickup
T112 Star 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T113 Star 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible
T114 Star 1996 Pontiac Firebird
T115 Star 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T116 Star 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
T117 Star 1991 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
T118 Star 1975 Pontiac Firebird
T119 Star 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback
T120 Star 1977 Chevrolet K20 Pickup
T121 Star 1971 MG B Convertible
T122 Star 1971 Lincoln Mark III
T123 Star 1978 Lincoln Town Car
T124 Star 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback
T125 Star 1950 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup
T126 Star 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra
T127 Star 1923 Ford Coupe
T128 Star 1981 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
T129 Star 1974 Chevrolet Corvette
T130 Star 1972 Chevrolet Nova
T131 Star 1979 International Scout II
T132 Star NR 1948 Chrysler Windsor
T133 Star 1972 Chevrolet Pickup
T134 Star 2004 Ford Thunderbird
T135 Star 2000 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
T136 Star 1962 Chrysler Imperial Custom
T136.1 General 1966 Cadillac Deville
T137 Star 1963 Chevrolet Impala
T139 Star 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
T140 Star 1971 Chevrolet Pickup
T141 Star 1973 Dodge Charger
T142 Star 1995 Chevrolet Impala SS
T143 Star 1931 Ford Model A Pickup
T144 Star 2005 Mini Cooper
T146 Star 1950 Ford Custom
T147 Star 1975 Lincoln Continental
T148 Star 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
T149 Star 1987 Buick Grand National
T150 Star 1998 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup
T151 Star 1991 Chevrolet K1500 Pickup
T152 Star 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
T153 Star 2007 Hummer H2
T154 Star 2005 Mercedes-Benz E500
T155 Star 1966 Ford Thunderbird
T156 Star 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser
T157 Star 1969 Chevrolet Impala Custom
T158 Star 2005 Cadillac CTS-V
T159 Star 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

GM Cars of the Future: Firebird

The General Motors Firebird is a trio of prototype cars designed by Harley Earl, and engineered by General Motors for the 1953, 1956 and 1959 Motorama auto shows. They were very much inspired by innovations in fighter aircraft design at the time. None of the designs were intended for production, but instead were to showcase the extremes in technology and design that General Motors was able to achieve. The cars were recently placed on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, and still make regular car show appearances.

The name “Firebird” was also used by the Pontiac division of General Motors for the line of pony cars, which has no direct relation to the concept cars.



Two of the three GM firebird concept cars, 1956 and 1959



General Motors had done research on feasibility of gas turbine engines in cars as early as the 1930s. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that they began building an actual engine, with Emmett Conklin leading the project. The top speed of all 4 of them are 200 MPH.

General Motors Firebird 1

Firebird I
By 1953, the research team had produced the Firebird XP-21, later referred to as the Firebird I, which was essentially a jet airplane on wheels. It was the first gas turbine powered car tested in the United States. The design is entirely impractical, with a bubble topped canopy over a single seat cockpit, a bullet shaped fuselage made entirely of fiberglass, short wings, and a vertical tail fin.[2] It has a 370 hp (280 kW) Whirlfire Turbo Power gas turbine engine, which has two speeds, and expels jet exhaust at some 1,250 °F (677 °C). The entire weight of the car is 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) and had a 100 inch wheelbase.

At first, Conklin was the only person qualified to drive it, and he tested it up to 100 mph (160 km/h), but upon shifting into second gear the tires lost traction under the extreme engine torque and he immediately slowed down for fear of crashing. The car was later test driven at the Indianapolis Speedway by race car driver Mauri Rose. The car was never actually intended to test the power or speed potential of the gas turbine, but merely the practical feasibility of its use. The braking system differs from standard drum systems, in that the drums are on the outside of the wheels to facilitate fast cooling, and the wings actually have aircraft style flaps for slowing from high speed.


General Motors Firebird II

A miniature version of the Firebird I crowns the Harley J. Earl Trophy, given to the winner of the Daytona 500.


Firebird II
The second concept car, the Firebird II in 1956, was a more practical design: a four-seat, family car. It is a low and wide design with two large air intakes at the front, a high bubble canopy top, and a vertical tail fin. Its exterior bodywork was made entirely of titanium (which turned out to be hard to make).[4] The engine output was 200 hp (150 kW), and to solve the exhaust heat problem it was fed through a regenerative system,[4] which allowed the entire engine to operate at nearly 1,000 °F (538 °C) cooler, and also power the accessories. Kerosene was the most common fuel used.[4] Another innovation on the car was the first use of four wheel disc brakes, with a fully independent suspension, as well as a sophisticated guidance system which was intended to be used with “the highway of the future”, where an electrical wire would be embedded into a roadway to send signals that would help guide future cars[5] and avoid accidents.


Wheelbase = 120 in (3,048 mm) [6]
Length = 234.7 in (5,961 mm) [6]
Ground clearance = 5.5 in (140 mm)

Firebird III

Firebird III

Firebird III on display at the Century 21 Exposition, Seattle, 1962.
The third design, the Firebird III, was built in 1958 and first shown at Motorama in 1959. It is another extravagant concept with titanium skin, and no fewer than seven short wings and tail fins that were tested extensively in a wind tunnel. It is a two-seater powered by a 225 hp (168 kW) Whirlfire GT-305 gas turbine engine, and a two cylinder 10 hp (7.5 kW) gasoline engine to run all the accessories. Its exterior design features a double bubble canopy, and more technical advancements to make it more practical, such as cruise control, anti-lock brakes, and air conditioning. It also featured “space-age” innovations, such as special air drag brakes, like those found on aircraft, which emerged from flat panels in the bodywork of the car to slow it from high speeds, an “ultra-sonic” key which signaled the doors to open, and an automated guidance system to avoid accidents and “no hold” steering. The steering was controlled by a joystick positioned between the two seats. This gave the car a more futuristic feel and simulated the experience of flying a plane.


Wheelbase = 119 in (3,023 mm) [8]
Length = 248.2 in (6,304 mm)
Height = 44.8 in (1,138 mm) (canopy top)[8]
Ground clearance = 5.3 in (135 mm)


Firebird IV Ext. 6
Firebird IV (XP-790)
The Firebird IV debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it was displayed in three variants Firebird IV Runabout and Stiletto.

The Firebird IV, another sleek, turbine-powered car with strong aircraft styling cues.

The Runabout 3-wheeled concept car by GM is the “Runabout”. The vehicle had a front wheel that could turn 180 degrees to allow parking in the tightest of spots and the rear end of the car contained two detachable shopping trolleys with wheels that would fold away when the trolley was parked in the vehicle. The Runabout had space for 2 adults in the front and 3 children in the rear.

The GM-X Stiletto was an advanced, high-performance car with styling strongly influenced by aerospace design. It featured aircraft-type steering, a maintenance monitoring system with toggle switch controls, and a three-way speaker system for inside/outside communications.[10] In 1969 the GM-X Stiletto got a nose job, some new paint and was renamed as the Pontiac Cirrus.

These vehicles were first presented at the General Motors Futurama Exhibit in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

Motorama theme (1956)

The 1956 motorama movie projected a future contrasted with the present; in the present (1956), a nuclear family of hot and perspiring convertible occupants are attempting to travel to the beach – but they are stuck, immobile, in an insufferable freeway traffic jam. In a flashforward to the future, they are cruising at high speed in air conditioned comfort along an automated freeway (with no other vehicles to be seen) in their turbine-powered Firebird. The concept (now over fifty years old) was that this future was not unreasonably remote, and would be provided by General Motors, yet is consistent with current projections (2008) for future automotive travel using electronic vehicle control and improved highway infrastructure.


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Retro Visions of the Future

Take a look at how General Motors perceived the future in 1940

1940 Vintage General Motors “Future” Film

To New Horizons 1940 Vintage General Motors “Future” Film

Streamlined Cars – Cars and Future Cities from 1930’s

1950’s View of the Future – Part 1

1950’s View of the Future – Part 2

1950’s Motorama

Future of Transportation Cartoon from 1950’s

Car Making Pioneers

Kanter Auto Restoration

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

One of America’s foremost industrialists, Henry Ford revolutionized assembly-line
modes of production for the automobile.



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Born on July 30, 1863, near Dearborn, Michigan, Henry Ford created the Ford Model T car in 1908 and went on to develop the assembly line mode of production, which revolutionized the industry. As a result, Ford sold millions of cars and became a world-famous company head. The company lost its market dominance but had a lasting impact on other technological development and U.S. infrastructure.

Early Life

Famed automobile manufacturer Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, on his family’s farm in Wayne County, near Dearborn, Michigan. When Ford was 13 years old, his father gifted him a pocket watch, which the young boy promptly took apart and reassembled. Friends and neighbors were impressed, and requested that he fix their timepieces too.

Unsatistfied with farm work, Ford left home the following year, at the age of 16, to take an apprenticeship as a machinist in Detroit. In the years that followed, he would learn to skillfully operate and service steam engines, and would also study bookkeeping.

Early Career

In 1888, Ford married Clara Ala Bryant and briefly returned to farming to support his wife and son, Edsel. But three years later, he was hired as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company. In 1893, his natural talents earned him a promotion to chief engineer.

All the while, Ford developed his plans for a horseless carriage, and in 1896, he constructed his first model, the Ford Quadricycle. Within the same year, he attended a meeting with Edison executives and found himself presenting his automobile plans to Thomas Edison. The lighting genius encouraged Ford to build a second, better model.

Ford Motor Company

After a few trials building cars and companies, in 1903, Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company. Ford introduced the Model T in October of 1908, and for several years, the company posted 100 percent gains.

However, more than for his profits, Ford became renowned for his revolutionary vision: the manufacture of an inexpensive automobile made by skilled workers who earn steady wages.

In 1914, he sponsored the development of the moving assembly line technique of mass production. Simultaneously, he introduced the $5-per-day wage ($110 in 2011) as a method of keeping the best workers loyal to his company. Simple to drive and cheap to repair, half of all cars in America in 1918 were Model T’s.

Philosophy, Philanthropy

From a social perspective, Henry Ford’s was marked by seemingly contradictory viewpoints. In business, Ford offered profit sharing to select employees who stayed with the company for six months and, most important, who conducted their lives in a respectable manner. Unfortunately Ford was also known for his public anti-semitic views which rightfully have tarnished his reputation.

The company’s “Social Department” looked into an employee’s drinking, gambling and otherwise uncouth activities to determine eligibility for participation. Ford was also an ardent pacifist and opposed World War I, even funding a peace ship to Europe. Later, in 1936, Ford and his family established the Ford Foundation to provide ongoing grants for research, education and development.

Henry Ford died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 7, 1947, at the age of 83, near his Dearborn estate, Fair Lane. Ford, considered one of America’s leading businessmen, is credited today for helping to build America’s economy during the nation’s vulnerable early years. His legacy will live on for decades to come.


henry ford

My Life & Work – An Autobiography of Henry Ford Paperback

This book is the original autobiographical work by Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. In this book, Ford details how he got into business, the strategies that he used to become a wealthy and successful businessman, and what others can do by learning from the examples he has outlined.

This book should be read by small business owners, business students and those interested in the history of the automobile. Henry Ford will take you through a journey of history, business and lessons to be learned from which he used to develop his financial empire.

Henry Ford Inventor of Automobile Assembly Line

Henry Ford Inventor of Automobile Assembly Line

History of the Model T Ford


Walter P Chrysler

Walter Chrysler

Resource:  Wikipedia


Early life

Chrysler was born in Wamego, Kansas, the son of Anna Maria (née Breymann) and Henry Chrysler. He grew up in Ellis, Kansas. His father was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1850 and immigrated to the United States after 1858. A Freemason, Chrysler began his career as a machinist and railroad mechanic. He took correspondence courses from International Correspondence Schools in Scranton, Pennsylvania, earning a mechanical degree from the correspondence program.


Walter Chrysler’s father, Henry (Hank) Chrysler, was a Canadian-American of German and Dutch ancestry. He was an American Civil War veteran who was a locomotive engineer for the Kansas Pacific Railway and its successor, the Union Pacific Railroad. Walter’s mother was born in Rocheport, Missouri, and was also of German ancestry. Walter Chrysler was not especially interested in his remote ancestors; his collaborative author Boyden Sparkes says that one genealogical researcher reported “that he had a sea-going Dutchman among his forebears; one Captain Jan Gerritsen Van Dalsen”, but that “as to that, Walter Chrysler made it plain to me he was in accord with Jimmy Durante: ‘Ancestors? I got millions of ’em!’.” However, he thought enough of genealogy to include in his autobiography that his father, Hank Chrysler, “Canadian born, had been brought from Chatham, Ontario, to Kansas City when he was only five or six. His forebears had founded Chatham; the family stock was German; eight generations back of me there had come to America one who spelled his name Greisler, a German Palatine. He was one of a group of Protestants who had left their German homeland in the Rhine Valley, gone to the Netherlands, thence to England and embarked, finally, from Plymouth for New York.”

Other researchers have since traced his ancestors in more detail. Karin Holl’s monograph on the subject traces the family tree to a Johann Philipp Kreissler, born in 1672, who left Germany for America in 1709. Chrysler’s ancestors came from the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Guntersblum.

Railroad career

Chrysler apprenticed in the railroad shops at Ellis as a machinist and railroad mechanic. He then spent a period of years roaming the west, working for various railroads as a roundhouse mechanic with a reputation of being good at valve-setting jobs. Some of his moves were due to restlessness and a too-quick temper, but his roaming was also a way to become more well-rounded in his railroad knowledge. He worked his way up through positions such as foreman, superintendent, division master mechanic, and general master mechanic.

From 1905-1906, Chrysler worked for the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in Childress in West Texas. He later lived and worked in Oelwein, Iowa, at the main shops of the Chicago Great Western where there is a small park dedicated to him.

The pinnacle of his railroading career came at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he became works manager of the Allegheny locomotive erecting shops of the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). While working in Pittsburgh, Chrysler lived in the town of Bellevue, the first town outside of Pittsburgh on the north side of the Ohio River.

Automotive career

Chrysler’s automotive career began in 1911 when he received a summons to meet with James J. Storrow, a banker who was a director of ALCO and also an executive at General Motors. Storrow asked him if he had given any thought to automobile manufacture. Chrysler had been an auto enthusiast for over 5 years by then, and was very interested. Storrow arranged a meeting with Charles W. Nash, then president of the Buick Motor Company, who was looking for a smart production chief. Chrysler, who had resigned from many railroading jobs over the years, made his final resignation from railroading to become works manager (in charge of production) at Buick in Flint, Michigan.[10] He found many ways to reduce the costs of production, such as putting an end to finishing automobile undercarriages with the same luxurious quality of finish that the body warranted.

In 1916, William C. Durant, who founded General Motors in 1908, had retaken GM from bankers who had taken over the company. Chrysler, who was closely tied to the bankers, submitted his resignation to Durant, then based in New York City.

Durant took the first train to Flint to make an attempt to keep Chrysler at the helm of Buick. Durant made the then-unheard of salary offer of US$10,000 (US$165,000 in today’s dollars) a month for 3 years, with a US$500,000 bonus at the end of each year, or US$500,000 in stock. Additionally, Chrysler would report directly to Durant, and would have full run of Buick without interference from anyone.

Apparently in shock, Chrysler asked Durant to repeat the offer, which he did. Chrysler immediately accepted.

Chrysler ran Buick successfully for several more years. Not long after his three year contract was up, he resigned from his job as president of Buick in 1919. He did not agree with Durant’s vision for the future of General Motors. Durant paid Chrysler US$10 million for his GM stock. Chrysler had started at Buick in 1911 for US$6,000 a year, and left one of the richest men in America.

Chrysler was then hired to attempt a turnaround by bankers who foresaw the loss of their investment in Willys-Overland Motor Company in Toledo, Ohio. He demanded, and got, a salary of US$1 million a year for 2 years, an astonishing amount at that time. When Chrysler left Willys in 1921 after an unsuccessful attempt to wrest control from John Willys, he acquired a controlling interest in the ailing Maxwell Motor Company. Chrysler phased out Maxwell and absorbed it into his new firm, the Chrysler Corporation, in Detroit, Michigan, in 1925. In addition to his namesake car company, Plymouth and DeSoto marques were created, and in 1928 Chrysler purchased Dodge. The same year he financed the construction of the Chrysler Building in New York City, which was completed in 1930. Chrysler was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year for 1928.

In 1923, Chrysler purchased a twelve-acre waterfront estate at Kings Point on Long Island, New York from Henri Willis Bendel and renamed it “Forker House.” In December 1941, the property was sold to the U.S. government’s War Shipping Department and became known as Wiley Hall as part of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.[13] He also built a country estate in Warrenton, Virginia, in what is referred to as the Virginia horse country and home to the Warrenton Hunt. In 1934, he purchased and undertook a major restoration of the famous Fauquier White Sulphur Springs Company resort and spa in Warrenton. Sold in 1953, the property was developed as a country club, which it remains today.

On the estate he inherited, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. established North Wales Stud for the purpose of breeding Thoroughbred horses. Chrysler, Jr. was part of a syndicate that included friend Alfred G. Vanderbilt II who in 1940 acquired the 1935 English Triple Crown winner Bahram from the Aga Khan III. Bahram stood at stud at Vanderbilt’s Sagamore Farm in Maryland then was brought to Chrysler’s North Wales Stud.

Chrysler turned 61 in the spring of 1936 and decided to step down from an active role in the day-to-day business of the company. Two years later, Della died at the age of 58 and Walter, devastated at the loss of his childhood sweetheart, suffered a stroke. His previously robust health never recovered from this, and he succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage in August 1940 at Forker House. He was buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

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Life and Times of Chrysler

Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius (Automotive History and Personalities) Paperback

Walter P. Chrysler was a man who loved machines, an accomplished mechanic who also had highly developed managerial skills derived from half a lifetime on the railroads, and whose success came from his deep understanding of engineering and his total commitment to the quality of his vehicles.

Here, Vincent Curcio presents a richly detailed account of one of the most important men in American automotive history, based on full access to both Chrysler Corporation and Chrysler family historical records.

Curcio traces Chrysler’s rise from a locomotive wiper in a Kansas roundhouse to his rescue of the Maxwell-Chalmers car company, which led to the successful development of the 1924 Chrysler–the world’s first modern car–and the formation of Chrysler Corporation in 1925. Chrysler was quite different from the other auto giants–a colorful and expansive man deeply involved in the design of his cars, he established his headquarters in New York City and built the world’s most famous art deco structure, the fabled Chrysler Building. Because of his emphasis on quality at popular prices, the company weathered the Great Depression with flying colors and remained profitable right up to Chrysler’s death in 1940.

The definitive portrait, Chrysler is a must read for all car enthusiasts and for everyone interested in the story of a giant of industry.



Louis Chevrolet

Resource:  Wikipedia*


Louis-Joseph Chevrolet (December 25, 1878 – June 6, 1941) was a Swiss-born American race car driver of French descent, founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911, and a founder in 1916 of the Frontenac Motor Corporation, which made racing parts for Ford’s Model T.


The second child of Joseph-Félicien and Marie-Anne Angéline, née Mahon, Louis Chevrolet was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton of Neuchâtel, a center of watchmaking in northwestern Switzerland. In 1886, Chevrolet’s family left Switzerland to live in Beaune, in the Côte-d’Or département of France. There, as a young man, Louis developed his mechanical skills and interest in bicycle racing.


Louis Chevrolet in a Buick he designed, circa 1900.

Chevrolet worked for the Roblin mechanics shop from 1895 to 1899. He then went to Paris, where he worked for a short time before emigrating to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1900 to work as a mechanic. The following year, he moved to New York City, where he worked briefly for a fellow Swiss immigrant’s engineering company, then moved to the Brooklyn operations of the French car manufacturer de Dion-Bouton.

In 1905 he married Suzanne Treyvoux; the couple had two sons. In the same year, he was hired by FIAT as a racing car driver and a year later became employed by a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania company developing a revolutionary front-wheel-drive racing car. His racing career continued as he drove for Buick, becoming a friend and associate of Buick owner William C. Durant, founder of General Motors. He raced at the Giants Despair Hillclimb in 1909.

With little in the way of formal education, Chevrolet learned car design while working for Buick and started designing his own engine for a new car in 1909. He built an overhead valve six-cylinder engine in his own machine shop on Grand River Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan.

Chevrolet Car Company

On November 3, 1911, Chevrolet co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company with Durant and investment partners William Little (maker of the Little automobile) and Dr. Edwin R. Campbell, son-in-law of Durant and friend of Samuel McLaughlin of the McLaughlin Car Company of Canada Ltd. The company was established in Detroit. One story tells the choosing of the company’s logo as a modified Swiss cross, to honor Chevrolet’s homeland.  Another story tells of the Chevrolet logo as a design taken from the wallpaper of a Paris hotel room that Louis once stayed in.

Chevrolet had differences with Durant over the car’s design, and in 1915 sold Durant his share in the company and started McLaughlin’s Company in Canada building Chevrolets. By 1916 the trading of Chevrolet stock for GM Holding stock enabled Durant to repurchase a controlling stake in General Motors, and by 1917 the Chevrolet company that Louis had co-founded was merged as a company into General Motors after the outstanding Chevrolet stocks were purchased from McLaughlin in 1918. The McLaughlin Car Company then merged with his Chevrolet Motor Company of Canada Ltd. to become General Motors of Canada Ltd. in 1918, prior to the incorporation of the General Motors Corporation in the U.S. when General Motors Company of New Jersey dissolved.


Frontenac and American car companies
In 1916, Louis Chevrolet and his brothers founded the Frontenac Motor Corporation to make racing parts for Ford Model Ts.

Also in 1916, an American Motors Corporation (apparently unrelated to the more famous later corporation of the same name) was formed in Newark, New Jersey, with Louis Chevrolet as vice president and chief engineer. By 1918 it was producing cars in a plant at Plainfield, New Jersey. In 1923 it merged with the Bessemer Motor Truck Company of Pennsylvania into Bessemer-American Motors Corporation, which lasted less than a year before merging with the Winther and Northway companies into Amalgamated Motors. The latter company apparently ceased soon after.

Auto racing

By the mid-1910s, Louis Chevrolet had shifted into the racing car industry, partnering with Howard E. Blood of Allegan, Michigan, to create the Cornelian racing car, which he used to place 20th in the 1915 Indianapolis 500 automobile race. In 1916, he and younger brothers Gaston and Arthur Chevrolet started Frontenac Motor Corporation, designing and producing a line of racing cars. They became well known for, among other things, their Fronty-Ford racers.

Louis drove in the Indianapolis 500 four times, with a best finish of 7th in 1919. Arthur competed twice, and Gaston won the race in 1920 in one of their Frontenacs, going on to win the 1920 AAA National Championship.

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General Motors

William C. Durant: GM’s Genius [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Alef

Biographical profile of William Crapo Durant, legendary automobile pioneer who founded General Motors. GM’s current financial crisis is nothing new for America’s largest automobile company. It happened twice in its early years while GM was under Durant’s leadership. Durant was one of the largest manufacturers of wagons and carriages when he decided to acquire a failing automobile manufacturer, the Buick Motor Company. A deft salesman with the Midas touch, Durant soon had Buick sales soaring. In 1908 he placed Buick,Oldsmobile, Oakland Car Company and Cadillac into his newly formed General Motors, but he amassed so much debt the company’s bankers rebelled and forced him out.

Undaunted, Durant formed another car company, Chevrolet, and in a case of the minnow swallowing the whale, arranged for Chevrolet to acquire GM. Back at the helm Durant pressed for rapid growth and again found himself mired in too much debt. The story of this master salesman and automotive visionary involves triumphs and failures, but all accomplished with panache and verve. Award-winning author and syndicated columnist Daniel Alef, who has written more than 300 biographical profiles of America’s greatest tycoons, brings out the story of Durant’s remarkable life of ups, downs and achievements. [2,594-word Titans of Fortune article]

Charles Nash

Charles Nash: From Buick to Rambler and Ambassador [Kindle Edition]

Biographical profile of Charles W. Nash, a dirt-poor farm boy who overcame abandonment by his parents, indentured servitude for a farmer and became one of America’s most successful and accomplished automobile pioneers. Although he died in the tony city of Beverly Hills after amassing a fortune, he never ventured far from his roots, describing himself as “the most common cuss that lived,” and noting that he was proud of belonging to the “common people.” One thing is certain, Nash was not a common person; he ascended to the presidency of General Motors because of his unique vision, perseverance, creativity, courage and innate understanding of human nature. B.C. Forbes described Nash as “a very practical authority on what makes for success.” Award-winning author Daniel Alef tells the Nash story and his rise to the pinnacle of the automobile industry. [2,904-word Titans of Fortune article]


Zora Arkus-Duntov -The Legend Behind Corvette (Chevrolet) [Hardcover]

Jerry Burton

 Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette
tells the story of how a gifted engineer brought up by Russian Revolutionary parents became the guiding force behind the legendary American sports car, and in the process attained the elite status of American legend himself. Author Jerry Burton, founding editor and current editorial director of Corvette Quarterly, has worked with many of Zora’s friends and colleagues, as well as his widow Elfi, to write the first major biography of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Burton has illustrated his book with hundreds of unpublished photos, blueprints, and archival documents.This book puts Duntov in the perspective needed to understand his achievements as a Russian-Jewish immigrant fighting to make his mark at General Motors.