Category Archives: Quotations

Plus he wanted to show the leather and the heat in the side

One dude, named Dwight, had a car he drove on me/ Every time he rolled up see his partners roll on him/ I could tell that they didn’t like that he was driving a Benz/ Fake friends always hate when … Continue reading

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Richard Arbib’s The History of Automobile Styling

Richard Arbib, a prominent stylist for GM, Packard, and AMC, taught a beginners course on automotive styling to returning GIs at the Detroit Institute of Automobile Styling from ’45-’49. The following text, “The History of Automobile Styling”, was written by Arbib, … Continue reading

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Tadanori Yokoo’s 1968 Mazda Cosmo Brochure

Japanese pop artist Tadanori Yokoo penned the sales brochure for the 1968 Mazda 110s, also known as the Cosmo, and here it is in all of its pop art majesty.

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What do German mayors drive?

In an exercise of German fastidiousness, Die Zeit put together a little map at the end of last year illustrating what cars German mayors of cities of 100,000+ residents use as their official vehicles. The article (click here to view it) … Continue reading

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I used to have so many Rolls Royce dreams

I used to dream about the cars I’d drive/ fourth gear, switch gears/ steal a couple cars and I’d drive to work/ make it work, then have a dream/ handle things, understand/ Lil B. “Rolls Royce,” 2010, 6 Kiss (Internet, 2010).

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1950 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe

“Even if I tried my best I couldn’t run from my shadow” -Gucci Mane, “My Shadow” 2009.

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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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A Simple Definition of Luxury Automobiles

Luxury automobiles are often categorized by their gadgetry, their power, their on-road presence, their comfort, or the hard-to-pin-down quality of inexhaustible ability; to never appear flustered in a journey, to always have more suspension or throttle travel than the driver could ever … Continue reading

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1973 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and 1979 Lady D

The Cadillac, from the perhaps bittersweet year of 1973, was taken on East 13th Street. The song, “Lady D” as performed by Lady D herself comes from 1979 and was taken from the peerless Last Days Of Man On Earth. … Continue reading

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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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