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Automoblog Book Garage: The Life: Monaco Grand Prix

Set against a magnificent backdrop, Monaco is among the most glamorous races in the world. The culture has inevitably inspired the Formula 1 event, along with those who dare to race there. Author Stuart Codling walks us through the race’s unique history in The Life: Monaco Grand Prix. Our Book Garage series showcases what every gearhead and enthusiast should have in their library.   Monaco is a stupid, insane race. People say that now, but it was crazy back when Antony Noghès dreamed up the id...
Tags: Automotive History, Book Garage, Man Cave, Motorsport


How did cars get their names?

You know there was a Henry Ford, but did you know there was a Walter Chrysler and three Maserati brothers? What about Audi, Aston Martin, Mazda, Subaru, and many more?  Find out in my story over at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Henry Ford, Maserati, Walter Chrysler, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, AutoTrader, Audi Aston Martin Mazda Subaru


Land Rover: Highlights from seven decades

It's one of the most luxurious SUVs out there today, but Land Rover actually started as a farm truck. Find out more, with a look at some of the model highlights, in my feature over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Land Rover, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Lamborghini Miura P400, Chassis #3586: The Italian Job Restored

Lamborghini Polo Storico has located and certified the Miura P400, chassis #3586. Keen eyes may recognize it as the original from the opening scenes of The Italian Job. Back in 1966, Lamborghini was a rather unimpressive sports car manufacturer from northern Italy. They were about as remarkable as De Tomaso or Bizzarrini. Interesting in some respects and horrid in others. That all changed at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show when Lambo rolled out the Miura. At a stroke, the upstart Italian car maker ...
Tags: Magazine, Autos, Lamborghini, Automotive History


Miura P400, Chassis #3586: The Italian Job Restored

Lamborghini Polo Storico has located and certified the Miura P400, chassis #3586. Keen eyes may recognize it as the original from the opening scenes of The Italian Job. Back in 1966, Lamborghini was a rather unimpressive sports car manufacturer from northern Italy. They were about as remarkable as De Tomaso or Bizzarrini. Interesting in some respects and horrid in others. That all changed at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show when Lambo rolled out the Miura. At a stroke, the upstart Italian car maker ...
Tags: Rome, Magazine, Italy, Autos, Paramount Pictures, Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini, De Tomaso, Marcello Gandini, Miura, Sant, St Bernard, Lambo, Lamborghini Miura, Automotive History, Polo Storico


GM EV1: Not ready for prime time

California's zero-emission vehicle mandate of 1990 required major automakers to sell a percentage of electric-only cars if they wanted to sell anything in the state. Ford, Toyota, and Honda built some, but the best-known -- if perhaps for the wrong reasons -- was GM's EV1. It was leased to drivers, and then taken back and crushed when the leases ended. Find out more in my story over at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: California, Environment, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Honda, Ford Toyota, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, AutoTrader


The history of early electric cars

Automakers are offering several different all-electric models these days, but they're nothing new. In 1900, the best-selling car in the United States was powered by batteries. So what happened? It all traces back to a broken jaw...find out more in my story at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Environment, United States, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Sustainable Transportation, Gasoline, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Automotive History, AutoTrader, Alternative Fuels, Antique Cars


Britain's automakers did a "Brexit" many years ago

They still build their cars in the United Kingdom, but virtually all of the automakers that started out in Britain are now owned by parent companies around the globe. Find out who owns what in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Britain, Classic Cars, United Kingdom, Autos, Jaguar, Rolls-royce, Land Rover, Mini, Aston Martin, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Antique Cars, Rearview Mirror, Import Vehicles


I've heard that name before...

New cars need new names, but sometimes they're not quite as new as they sound. Suburban, Fiesta, Sierra, Land Cruiser ... all of these and more were recycled from older models. That Plymouth there? That's a Suburban. Find out more in my story over at AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, AutoTrader


Acura, Infiniti, Lexus: How the Japanese luxury brands got started

Japanese cars first came to Canada and the US as tiny and tinny, but in the 1980s, they showed they could do luxury as well as anyone else. Which one came first? And did you know there were supposed to be four? Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: US, Canada, Classic Cars, Lexus, Autos, Infiniti, Acura, Mazda, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Luxury Vehicles, Acura Infiniti Lexus


Mazda 254i Le Mans Discovered After 35-year Absence

While Mazda’s most famous rotary-powered racer is undoubtedly the 787B Group C prototype that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991, the company spent years fielding the RX-7 in every motorsport event it could qualify for. Back when the 787 was little more than a twinkle in Nigel Stroud’s eye, Mazda already had RX-based cars running […] The post Mazda 254i Le Mans Discovered After 35-year Absence appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Racing, Autos, Le Mans, Motorsport, Mazda, News Blog, Automotive History, Mazda RX-7, Group 5, Mazda 254i, Nigel Stroud


How Renault and Nissan first got together

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been in the news for all the wrong reasons -- its chief Carlos Ghosn was arrested, accused of not reporting his full income -- but do you know how these two seemingly unrelated automakers got together in the first place? Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Nissan, Renault, Carlos Ghosn, Renault Nissan Alliance, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Bricklin: The Canadian car that Canadians couldn't buy

In the 1970s, New Brunswick famously made the sporty-looking, plastic-bodied Bricklin, the brainchild of the man who introduced Subaru to America (and would later bring over the Yugo as well). But things didn't go well, and the province eventually lost $23 million on the deal. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: America, New Brunswick, Autos, Subaru, National Post, Bricklin, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


General Motors of Canada: A century old in 2018

Of course the big news in Oshawa, Ontario is GM's decision to close its assembly plant there, but the city is also home to the headquarters of General Motors of Canada. It grew out of a horse-drawn carriage company and carried its founder's name, McLaughlin, up until the Second World War. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: General Motors, Canada, Gm, Autos, Buick, National Post, McLaughlin, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Oshawa Ontario, McLaughlin-Buick


The crazy stuff that used to be on cars

"They don't make 'em like that anymore" is a common phrase when people see old cars, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing -- not when old cars used to have crank handles, or coal heaters, or messy filters. Check out some of these from days gone by in my story at AutoTrader. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Classic Cars, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Automotive History, AutoTrader, Antique Cars


Looking back at BMW: Not always "ultimate driving machines"

BMW may be justifiably famous for its sporty vehicles today, but that wasn't always the case. The German automaker had some tough times in its earlier days, including two wars and a post-conflict economy that wasn't ready for luxury cars. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Bmw, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Overland: The company that led to Jeep

More than a century ago, a wheel manufacturer tried its hand at building cars. The result was Overland, a brand mostly forgotten today but the ancestor of today's Jeep. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jeep, Overland, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Automotive History


Honda history: From blacksmith shop to global sales

Soichiro Honda was born in rural Japan, the son of a blacksmith and a weaver, and apprenticed at a repair shop -- but he always wanted to be a manufacturer. He started with piston rings that he sold to Toyota before he began putting war surplus engines on bicycles. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Japan, Autos, Toyota, Honda, National Post, Soichiro Honda, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


The History of Auto Shows

Auto shows got their start in North America with the first major one in 1900, and they've been part of the consumer and media scene ever since. What will happen going forward is anyone's guess, but I have a look at where they've been in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Auto Shows, Autos, North America, New Cars, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Antique Cars, Rearview Mirror


Honda history: From blacksmith shop to global sales

Soichiro Honda was born in rural Japan, the son of a blacksmith and a weaver, and apprenticed at a repair shop -- but he always wanted to be a manufacturer. He started with piston rings that he sold to Toyota before he began putting war surplus engines on bicycles. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Japan, Autos, Toyota, Honda, National Post, Soichiro Honda, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


The History of Auto Shows

Auto shows got their start in North America with the first major one in 1900, and they've been part of the consumer and media scene ever since. What will happen going forward is anyone's guess, but I have a look at where they've been in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Auto Shows, Autos, North America, New Cars, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Antique Cars, Rearview Mirror


Ferrari Museum Exhibitions Mark Enzo Ferrari 120th Birthday, Showcase Bevy of Ultra-rare Italian Steel

To mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello is launching two new exhibitions showcasing the man and the machines he was particularly fond of. The first display is a photographic journey entitled “Passion and Legend,” which follows Enzo’s life and times at Ferrari. However, the […] The post Ferrari Museum Exhibitions Mark Enzo Ferrari 120th Birthday, Showcase Bevy of Ultra-rare Italian Steel appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Museums, Classic Cars, Ferrari, Maranello, Autos, Enzo Ferrari, Enzo, Ferrari Museum, News Blog, Automotive History, Italian cars, 2+2, Auto Museums, Ferrari 250 GT, Ferrari 400


Overland: The company that led to Jeep

More than a century ago, a wheel manufacturer tried its hand at building cars. The result was Overland, a brand mostly forgotten today but the ancestor of today's Jeep. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jeep, Overland, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Automotive History


DeLorean: Stainless steel dreams and financial nightmares

John DeLorean was a rising star at General Motors in the 1960s and 1970s, but he wanted to build something completely different from what the automaker was sending out. The result was the stainless steel DeLorean sports car, a revolutionary idea plagued with the reality of actually producing it. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: General Motors, Autos, National Post, John DeLorean, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Automotive History, Antique Cars


Lamborghini: It all started with a tractor

What do tractors and sports cars have in common? In the case of Lamborghini, it might have been interchangeable parts. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Lamborghini, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Revisiting Lake Wakatonka: Looking Back at Ford’s Driving Simulation Software

In 1987, Ford Motor Company published a game for the long-defunct disk operating system universally known as “DOS.” In reality, the software was less of a game and more of a digital showroom that allowed you to demo the company’s 1988 lineup from the comfort of your personal computer. As marketing materials go, you couldn’t […] The post Revisiting Lake Wakatonka: Looking Back at Ford’s Driving Simulation Software appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Games, Media, Marketing, Software, Ford, Editorials, Autos, Nostalgia, Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Co, Automotive History, Computer Games, Marketing Materials, Driving Simulators, Ford Simulator, Shareware


Everything old is new again

Hybrid vehicles, fuel-cell hydrogen cars, fuel injection: all fairly new, right? Not so fast! It might have taken a while for them to catch on, but there are a few "modern" technologies that are far older than you think. See what they are in my story at AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Hydrogen, Hybrids, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, AutoTrader


Cars and tractors: They just go together

Some tractor companies made cars, some carmakers made tractors, and then there were cars you turned into tractors. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Classic Cars, Autos, Tractors, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


FCA Wants to Turn Detroit Viper Factory Into an Auto Museum

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Wednesday that it will transform the former Detroit production site of the Dodge Viper into a haven for historic vehicles. Unfortunately, it also said the collection will not be open to the public — at least not right away. Conner Avenue Assembly produced its last Viper in August, as updated safety regulations made […] The post FCA Wants to Turn Detroit Viper Factory Into an Auto Museum appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Museums, Auctions, Factories, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Memorabilia, Detroit, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge Viper, News Blog, Automotive History, Conner Avenue Assembly, Auto Museums, Connor Avenue Assembly


Check out these flash-in-the-pan automakers

Putting together a car company is never a guarantee of success, and many of them did well for themselves before wobbling to their demise, but there were also several that barely stuck around long enough for the paint to dry. Check out some of the shortest-lived in my story over at AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Classic Cars, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Tucker, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Automotive History, AutoTrader, Antique Cars, Auto Trivia