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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s 17 Cool Green Cars & Trucks
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s 17 Cool Green Cars & Trucks

What better what to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with a gallery of green cars? Well, perhaps a Guinness and some Irish beef stew. Either way, enjoy these rides and get out their and chase a rainbow. We could all use a pot o' gold it seems. Happy St. Patrick's Day from This Day in Automotive History. Classic Ford Mustang VW Beetle Carabo concept car Dodge Viper Alfa Romeo Mercedes-Benz Ford Truck Porsche Mercedes AMG GT Roadster Nissan GT-R Lamborghini Muira Austin-Healey Chevy Corvette Willys Classic Pontiac Datsun pickup There's all sorts of cool rides in there, from a Lamborghini Muira and a Nissan GT-R to a Dodge Viper and a classic VW Bug. Head back to the This Day in Automotive History Facebook page and tell us which green...
Cars & Bars Episode 1: 1955 Ford Thunderbird
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Cars & Bars Episode 1: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

Welcome to the first episode of Cars & Bars from This Day in Automotive History, a hopefully ongoing series where you come for the cars and stay for the musical bars! First up, cruise with Marley and I in a 1955 Ford Thunderbird. We talk history, go bird watching, Marley sings a tune and we check out the rad little town of Edison, Washington. https://youtu.be/fA5FLvHRalU Love it? Donate here or send Venmo to @automotivehistory! Thanks for being a fan of This Day in Automotive History where we talk about the history of cars every single day! Like the sweater I wear in the video? Click the picture below and get one for yourself! Drive History Every Day! Get it here!
February 1, 1901 – Langston Hughes, American poet & road trip pioneer, is born
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February 1, 1901 – Langston Hughes, American poet & road trip pioneer, is born

Poet Langston Hughes in Harlem. (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Poetry Foundation) Born in Missouri on this day in 1901, Langston Hughes would grow up to be a prominent poet, novelist, activist and an important social figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. What he wasn’t known for, was his driving skills, which were apparently non-existent. Despite this, writer and cultural archivist Zora Neale Hurston had no qualms inviting Hughes to join her on an epic road trip of great importance in 1927. Hughes had just jumped off the train in Mobile, Alabama after a stint in New Orleans when he had a chance encounter with Hurston. Though he had recently finished a speaking engagement, his pockets were more or less empty but his spirit remained fu...
January 22, 1990 – Cord & Duesenberg designer Gordon Buehrig dies
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January 22, 1990 – Cord & Duesenberg designer Gordon Buehrig dies

Legend has it that Gordon Buehrig was expelled from his design college for drawing cars on textbooks. While the punishment may not fit the crime, if true, he didn't let it affect his day dreams. Those sketches soon, quite soon really, became reality. Instead of trying to finish college, he left his Illinois home headed for the Motor City. After arriving in Detroit he found work at Packard and then General Motors. For young Buehrig, born in 1904, designing the Le Mans competing 1929 Black Hawk couldn't be a better job. That is, until his artistic approach to car design caught the eye of E.L. Cord, who had purchased Duesenberg just three years earlier. Courted by Cord, Gordon Buehrig found himself as Duesenberg's chief designer at the tender age of 25. Among his first tasks: design...
January 2, 1974 – E.L. Cord, transportation empire owner, dies
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January 2, 1974 – E.L. Cord, transportation empire owner, dies

E.L. Cord with an Auburn automobile. Courtesy of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. Errett Lobban Cord, better known as E. L., began his automotive career as a race car driver, mechanic and car salesman. He would go on to create an automotive empire that including ownership of some of the most luxurious American car brands in the 1920s and 1930s, Auburn and Duesenberg. During that time he also founded Cord, a vehicle among the most mechanically unique to come out of the era. Throughout this life he'd also hold roles as entertainment executive and state law maker. His career and life came to an end when he died from cancer on this day in 1974 at age 79. E.L. Cord with a Cord 810 E.L. Cord buys Auburn Automobile Company Born in Missouri in 1894, Cord became a jack of all trades ty...
December 25, 1878 – Louis Chevrolet is born
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December 25, 1878 – Louis Chevrolet is born

Louis Chevrolet at right. Louis Chevrolet, namesake to Chevrolet Motor Car Company, was born on this day in 1878 in Switzerland. After immigrating to Paris as a child he became fascinated with bicycle racing and mechanics. He spent his early adulthood working in various mechanics shops before moving to Canada and then New York by 1900. There he found work at the Brooklyn operations of the French car manufacturer de Dion-Bouton, giving him a chance to hone his automobile engineering skills. He would soon discover a passion for driving. Above: Louis Chevrolet: Top: Chevrolet driving a Frontenac The growing sport of automobile racing captured the world's awe, and Chevrolet was no exception. First hired in 1905 by FIAT, two years later he became a driver for Philadelphia based Autoca...
December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird
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December 15, 1969 – The last Plymouth Superbird

The story of the Plymouth Superbird and its development is fairly well-known, so we won't get into heavy details. In brief, it had one job, to dominate NASCAR along with its older sibling, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. While Dodge only had to build 500 Daytonas to be eligible for the 1969 NASCAR season, the sanctioning body changed the rules for 1970 to combat purpose built race cars. For Plymouth, that meant at least 1,920 Superbirds needed to end up on dealer lots to qualify for the track. With a target set, the assembly line churned. Before long workers hit their mark and the last Plymouth Superbird rolled off the assembly line on this day in 1969. Check out the green car below. An ad for a 1970 Plymouth Superbird When all's said and done, somewhere between 1,969 and 1,982 ...
December 7, 1928 – Hot rodder & racer Mickey Thompson is born
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December 7, 1928 – Hot rodder & racer Mickey Thompson is born

Marion Lee "Mickey" Thompson, born on this day in 1928, set more automotive endurance and speed records during his life than any person before or since. Among those feats: becoming the first American to travel 400 miles per hour on the ground. His journey to 400 mph begins in his native California, where he worked for the Los Angeles Times. During his time as a pressman in his early 20s, a new fad took over the SoCal streets: hot rods. Mickey became infatuated with them and speed. Mickey was a active participant in the new sport, but not just from behind the steering wheel. He wrenched tirelessly to make his cars unbeatable. Mickey even had an oath to speed, exclaiming, "I hereby solemnly swear, to stand on the gas and leave all others in my dust, undisputed, forever, until the end...
Classic Car Job: Gunther Werks
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Classic Car Job: Gunther Werks

Gunther Werks is an automotive restoration company who currently remaster the Porsche 993 and turn it into a modern and respectful homage of the Porsche 993’s iconic heritage from a quarter century ago. Based in Huntington Beach, California, Gunther Werks designs, develops, and delivers the ultimate air-cooled Porsche experience. Employing modern procedures for materials and race-bred components, Gunther Werks specializes in performance restorations of the iconic Porsche 993. Regarded by many as the pinnacle of the 911®, the team at Gunther Werks has worked tirelessly to retain the driving experience offered by the original car, while evolving its DNA. The company name is inspired by Günther F. Wendt, a German American mechanical engineer with a background working in NASA’s Merc...
11 Affordable Modern Classic Cars to Buy Now
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11 Affordable Modern Classic Cars to Buy Now

Not all cool cars wear collector vehicle license plates, at least not yet anyway. While many people complain modern automakers don't build anything interesting anymore, go browse Craigslist for rides between 10 and 25 years old and a change of heart is sure to occur. Whether chasing a unique driving experience, gorgeous lines, rarity, or other interesting automotive traits, snapping up these modern classic cars up will bring joy for years and years. Looking cool behind the wheel of these rides isn't the only perk or ownership. There are many benefits to purchasing a modern classic. For example, finding parts generally won't be a challenge. And forget about having to learn old school driving techniques (using two feet to make sure the engine doesn't die while coming to a stop, anyone?)....

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