Category Archives: History

The myth of the military purpose of the Autobahn

Taken from Thomas Zeller’s Driving Germany: The Landscape of the German Autobahn, 1930-1970, this section addresses the myths that Nazi Germany constructed the Autobahn for military purposes and that regardless of original intent, the autobahnen proved extremely useful to Germany … Continue reading

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Fascination of the Boring: 1985 Toyota Camry, pt.3

In the earlier installments of this series on the first-generation Camry, Autofrei looked at how this mid-’80s family car fits into the world of 2011 in Part 1 and in Part 2 Autofrei viewed the Camry within its own historical … Continue reading

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Autofrei does not promote smoking: Autocar roadtest of the 1966 Toronado

While I admit to being completely won over by the looks of early Toronados and captivated by their unpromoted engineering, I think I am more interested than smitten. For instance: according to this 1966 Autocar road test of a first-year … Continue reading

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Fascination of the Boring: 1985 Toyota Camry, pt.2

Perhaps it was born out of a crisis: the 1979 Oil Crisis spurred by the Iranian Revolution.

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Volkswagen’s Turnaround in the 1970s

Writing history and history itself are closely linked to sources. What kinds of sources are available to the researcher define the researcher’s product. One story of the behind-the-scenes work at Volkswagen as they prepared their vehicular savior, the Golf, caught … Continue reading

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What the Regulatory Process Looked Like

I am often going on about ‘regulatory dramas’ or legislative stories from the 1970s or whatnot. In a 1984 presentation, Dieter Drabiniok (a founding member of the German Green Party and was of the first Green politicians to be member … Continue reading

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Ahistorical Analysis: Citroën and Porsche

We have already referred in earlier sections to how different schools of thought on the functioning of the pre-colonial Indian economy correspond fairly closely with different strands in economic thought. This is no coincidence, for each strand within Classical Political … Continue reading

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Kreuzungsfrei: remembering the autobahn and autobahn propaganda images

Thanks to the digitization of the extensive archive of the Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, we can see Germany’s autobahn system as it was represented in the 1930s. Remembering the autobahn in continuity with the more recognizably horrific campaigns of the Nazis … Continue reading

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Weimar-Era Autobahn Planning

One engineer […] called for giving up the usual roadside trees used for urban avenues and fruit trees along the side of the road. Instead, functional bushes should be planted, which would allow an unobstructed view and protect the roads … Continue reading

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