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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept Car

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept Car

In 1954 Edsel Ford handed control of Ford Motors to his son Henry Ford II. Anxious to bring Ford back into the modern era, Henry the Second hired Italian Gian Paolo Boano to construct a one-off show car on a new Lincoln chassis and this was the result – the stunning 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

The 789 from n2a Motors

The 789 from n2a Motors

n2a Motors is a California based custom auto manufacturer with a mission of reviving the art of American coach building.

Melding design elements from different Chevy models, the 789 shows the world that you really can't have enough of a good thing. Although the 789 looks instantly iconic, it is actually the best of three classics mounted atop a Le Mans-winning Corvette C6 chassis. Aptly named for the three years represented in the overall design, the 789 has the “hooded eyes” and chrome grille of a '57, a mid-section that's reminiscent of a '58 Impala and the "bird in flight" rear tailfins of a '59. These three vehicles are all instantly recognizable classics celebrated by people around the world.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wheels of History - 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car

Wheels of History - 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car

To borrow a line from the late Hunter S. Thompson, this '60s Plymouth concept car was "too weird to live, too rare to die".

Designed by Virgil Exner Sr., the 1960 Plymouth XNR concept car was built on a modified Valiant chassis as an answer to the vast popularity of Corvettes at the close of the 1950s. The car served its sole purpose in the car exhibitions of the early 1960s, showcasing the progressive design sensibilities of Plymouth automotive.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

24,000 - That's how many man-hours it took to turn a 1955 Chevy Nomad into the award-winning Chevy "NewMad". Yes, you read that correctly - 24,000 hours and 1.3 million dollars.

Hot rod designer Chris Ito was commissioned by a Phoenix couple to pen the redesign. The NewMad began its life as the first generation Chevrolet Nomad, the halo model wagon derived from the Motorama Corvette of 1953-54.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Harley Earl's Legendary 1951 LeSabre Dream Car

Harley Earl's Legendary 1951 LeSabre Dream Car

A view of Harley Earl's legendary 1951 LeSabre dream car at the 1953 Chicago Auto Show.

The photo is made more interesting because the car is seen in a rare pose with the convertible top in the up position. Body panels were made of magnesium, and a jet-like intake contained two headlights. Housed in the rear fenders were the tanks for the gasoline and alcohol fuel. The LeSabre name came from the Sabre jet fighters, and was used on Buick models from 1959-2005.

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