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October 21, 1897 – Autocar, the oldest surviving American vehicle company, is founded
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October 21, 1897 – Autocar, the oldest surviving American vehicle company, is founded

What do the opening of the Boston subway, the start of the Klondike Gold Rush and Louis Semple Clarke completing his first vehicle all have in common? They each happened in the action-packed year of 1897. As prospectors showed off their new found wealth at Merchant's Cafe in Seattle, Clarke aimed to make his fortune off his three-wheeled, one-cylinder gas powered buggy named Autocar No. 1. Soon after his initial tests, it dawned on the inventor just how viable the automobile would become. LS, as most knew Clarke, recruited his brothers John and James, his father Charles, and friend William Morgan to found the Pittsburgh Motor Vehicle Company on this day in 1897. The team built a second vehicle the next year, this time with four wheels. They called it the Pittsburgher. (I tried to ...
Dusty & Rusty – 5 running trucks under $5K
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Dusty & Rusty – 5 running trucks under $5K

This selection of dusty and rusty American pickups fall between the years of 1969 and 1974 and cover the Big Three. All were found on Craigslist and appeared to be available at the time of writing. Check the link on each description if you're interested! I really dig this era of trucks, as it was a transition period for pickups. During this time automakers grew out of the rounded body style and were adopting a more squared off appearance. With growing interest in classic trucks, now would be a wise time to buy if you're looking for a restoration, hot rod, or other project. Alright, enough chit chat, let's see what we found. 1969 Ford F-100 This 1969 Ford F-100 falls in the middle of the fifth generation of the Ford F-Series trucks. It's also located in the middle of the USA, ju...

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