1935 Ford Tourer


owned by Sam and Myra Capes

A Ford Brochure of the Day said

It was necessary to devise a new term “Centerpoise”  to fit an entirely new comfort ride in the Ford V* for 1935 . As an Automobile passes over rough roads, the car ends move up and down more than the cars center, in a teeter totter effect.  Therefore back passengers especially have been bounced up and down, because they were seated over or behind the rear axle. The new Ford Centerpoise ride seats the passengers nearer the center of the car which bounces least. As a result, back seat passengers receive a front seat ride.

1930 Ford Tudor Sedan


owned by Gregory and Derida O’Brien

Continued from previous page  1930 Ford Roadster

Among other vast differences between it and the faithful Model T, the Model A featured no less than 7 body types to choose from as well a veritable rainbow of 4 colors. While the Model T had only been available in black, black was not among the color choices for the Model A–yet another example of Ford’s attempt to distance his new Model A from any other car previously produced. Car historians seem to enjoy arguing over whether or not yellow was an available color choice for the Model A, but it is known for sure that “Deep Channel Green,” “Windsor Maroon,” “Phoenix Brown,” and “Gunmetal Blue” were available. Standard to the Model A was an an L-head 4-cylinder with a displacement of 3.3 litres. The Model A typically got 20-30 miles to the gallon, making it a fuel-efficient car even by today’s standards. Each Model A, regardless of body type, also included its very own Model A Tool Kit that included 3 varieties of wrenches, 2 tire irons, jack pliers, a screwdriver, tire pump, grease gun, combination spark plug/head bolt wrench and a handy instruction manual to help you figure out what to do with all those tools! There was seemingly a Model A to suit every lifestyle and budget. The car you see here is a Roadster. Roadsters were available in either Standard or Deluxe models and, price-wise, were at the low end of the Ford totem pole. A Roadster could be had for as little as $385.00 while the most luxurious Model A, the Fordor, would run you about $580.00.

1930 Ford Roadster


owned by  Ken and Carol Knaur

For 18 years, Henry Ford’s “Tin Lizzie”–the Model T–had reigned as the queen of the road. With the encouragement of his son, Edsel, and the times and demands of the modern motorist rapidly changing, Ford made his final Model T–car number 15,000,000 on May 26t 1927–and spent five months and $100,000,000 developing the Model A. The new and improved Ford was made available to the public on December 2 1927. Curiously enough, Ford’s Model A was not actually the first Ford to go by the Model A name. The original Model A was, in fact, the very first car produced by the Ford Motor Company back in 1903.  A time period where these cars were the beginning of a bright future, where the roads were not built yet and unexplored lands by all. This was the new beginning of the transportation age.

The original Model A was produced for only one year before being overtaken by the equally short-lived Model C. It has been theorized that Ford decided to pay homage to his first automobile while simultaneously sending the message that the Model A was a new era for the Ford Company and thus should be represented by a car named after the first letter of the alphabet.

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1924 Dodge Tourer


Joe and Jan Hicks

At the start of the 1920s, the Dodge Brothers Inc. was one of the stronger independent automobile manufacturers. From their humble beginnings in a machine shop making engines for curved-dash Oldsmobile’s, they soon started manufacturing most of the assembly parts of the earliest Fords on a subcontracting basis. The brothers started building the cars bearing their own names in 1914. (Dodge’s first dealer was Cumberland Motors of Nashville, Tennessee, which remained in business until the late ’60s, proudly advertising their status as “World’s First Dodge Dealer”.)

In 1920, after the death of both the Dodge brothers the widows made several pioneering moves to keep the company in profit, but ultimately considered they would be unable to run the business themselves in the face of stiff industry competition.

During this period of uncertainty, the straight 4 cylinder Dodge 4-door touring sedan was released to regain the lost automotive market share. In its production period from 1922-1927, the Dodge Four saw several changes in the Dodge management, which certainly acted as a barrier to its subsequent technical development.

Still the long standing public appeal and heritage of the Dodge 4×2 rear wheel drive front-motor car was enough to keep the company in profit despite the lack of innovative breakthroughs. The rugged dependability of the Dodge vehicles in the face of on-road adversity and its traditional styling created a throng of Dodge enthusiasts across the world.

1929 Ford Tudor Sedan 


owned by Kevin and Joyce Brooks

The Ford Tudor was just one in a huge, extended family of cars all manufactured beneath the Model A umbrella between 1927 and 1931.  All in all, 4,849,340 Model A vehicles were manufactured, including body styles such as the Coupe, Business Coupe, Sport Coupe, Roadster Coupe, Convertible Cabriolet, the Phaeton, and the Victoria, to name a scant few.  Prices ranged from $385 for a Roadster to $570 for a luxurious Fordor. The Ford Tudor fell somewhere near the bottom of the price range and was often touted as a “woman’s car” thanks to its ease of drive-ability. Despite the disparity between car values, the Ford company wanted to present the message that everyone, not just the wealthy (and not just men, apparently!), deserved a driving experience fit for a king.

A magazine advertisement for the 1929 Tudor compares the car’s “unusually large number” of ball-and-roller bearings to the “jewels in a fine watch.” Ford credited these ball-and-roller bearings with nearly everything that was desirable in the Tudor–a smoother, quieter ride, uncommonly high gas mileage, impeccable safety, and longevity “thousands of miles” beyond the expected. Perhaps we have all those bearings to thank for the fact that this beautiful example of a Ford Model A Tudor is still with us today!

1926 Essex Tourer


Roy and Helen Gillespie.

In 1926 Essex marketed a line of Touring cars (open four door cars with canvas tops), which was the most popular body style of cars in production at the time. The 1926 Essex tourer were designed to be a moderately priced competitive car which would be affordable to the average American family and could be utilized for numerous activities.

Due to its versatile technical innovations the 1926 Essex tourer was welcomed by the contemporary design enthusiasts and enjoyed sustained commercial success.

The Essex, manufactured as the low priced companion to the Hudson production line, was marketed with the intention of competing against the Ford and Chevrolet’s low priced vehicles. Some of the technical manufacturer specifications associated with the 1926 Essex tourer includes:

Light Six cylinder engine

Bore x Stroke – 2-11/16 x 4-1/4

Displacement of 144.6″

Wheel base of 110½”

Generators – “Delco 1067″/”Auto-Lite GAA-4001”

Distributors – T-6200/Auto-Lite IB-4001

Ignition Coils – American Bosch TC-30

Fuel System – Stewart 25

1926 was a memorable landmark year for Hudson Motor Company, with its sells surpassing the 100000 mark. The company enjoyed admirable success in the next couple of years and become the 3rd largest automobile manufacturer after Ford and General Motors. It entered the Depression in good shape, and although sales fell sharply from 1929 to 1934, the company survived a time when many others didn’t.

1951 Chevrolet ute

(utility)  owned by  Ian Burke

The 1950s featured several unique innovations and technical breakthroughs, coming from Chevrolet’s strategy of continuous research and development. One such technical breakthrough was the Powerglide transmission, initially offered to the customers as an optional add-on. It was the first automatic transmission offered in low priced cars.
Although the Powerglide was fully automatic, it was a pretty basic transmission. Rather than using planetary gears to multiply the torque in Drive range, it relied solely on the torque multiplication of the torque converter. While the power and acceleration did come in one continuous flow, it was a painfully slow flow.
The 1951 Chevrolet Utility Vehicle (Ute) was a grand instance of the Chevy’s popularity in the commercial car segment and came with all the features associated to the brand. Being a crossover between a car and a truck, it offered certain advantages and was mainly targeted at the small businesses and farm utilizations.
Some of the technical features associated to the 1951 Chevrolet Ute include:
3.5 L, 6 Cylinder engine delivering 92 BHP at 3400 RPM (3.8 L truck engine in case of Powerglide transmission usage, delivering 105 BHP)
Displacement – 216.5″
Wheelbase – 116″
Rear wheel Drive
Bore x Stroke – 3.5 In. x 3.75 In.
New grille and the raised rear fenders
Although lacking the glamour and performance of the 1955 to ’57 Chevs, the popular 1951 Chevy production line played a huge role in maintaining Chevrolet’s place at the top, as North America’s most favorite car.

1934 Dodge Sedan


owned by  Brian, Kay and Jack Sole
In 1928 after the aggressive acquisition of the Dodge Motor Company by Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation, the company’s new management undertook several innovative measures to improve its market hold, but the historical Depression forced them to drastically change their commercial plans.
It’s interesting, and a little unsettling, to imagine how the two firms would have weathered the upcoming Depression had they remained separate, with Chrysler’s new multiple makes and relatively low levels of production capacity, and Dodge’s independent ownership by an investment firm with no other ties to the auto industry.
But the depression never stopped the innovative outflow of the development team of the new Chrysler Corporation.
This was vividly portrayed in the Dodge’s 1934 production line in the form of the following classics, commercialized in several unique body modifications:
1 DR DeLuxe Six
2 DRXX New Standard Six
3 DS DeLuxe Six

The 1934 Dodge Sedans were truly automotive marvels and introduced several innovations unseen at the time. Some of the technical innovations associated with the 1934 Dodge Sedans include:
1 Straight 6 – cylinder, 217.8 Cu.In. Engine generating 87 HP
2 Bore x Stroke: 3.25 x 4.38 inches
3 4×2 rear wheel drive front-motor car
Thus under the Chrysler Corporation’s management, the Dodge continued its proud heritage and tradition of power, style and rugged dependability.

1927 Dodge Tourer


owned by Alan and Rondah Rodda

The legacy the Dodge Brothers began by constructing durable and powerful cars starting with the 1914 “Old Betsy”. The Dodge brothers adapted their skills to meet the needs of the fledgling automotive industry and found success producing intricate and innovative auto parts which coupled with unique designs started the Dodge’s tradition of power, style and rugged dependability.
But in 1920, after the death of both the Dodge brothers, in spite of several pioneering moves to keep the company in profit, the widows ultimately considered they would be unable to run the business themselves in the face of stiff industry competition.
The widows sold the company to New York investment bankers Dillon, Reed & Co. in 1925 for $146,000,000, an astronomical sum in an era when a new Ford sold for less than $30
While Dillon-Reed apparently bought Dodge with the intention of selling it for a profit, it continued to operate at a profit after the takeover. Dodge management under Dillon, Reed went on to buy out the Graham brothers in 1926 (who went on to Paige-Detroit, renaming it Graham-Paige) and consolidate all truck manufacture under the Dodge Brothers name.
In the face of compromising situations and uncertain management moves, the Dodge design and development team manufactured the 1927 Dodge Four 128 touring sedan to sense the public reaction to the changes at Dodge Inc.

Following the traditionalism in the Dodge designs, the 1927 Dodge Tourer was a 4×2 rear wheel drive front-motor car with the following technical specifications:
* Straight 4-cylinder L-head, 212.27 cu.in. engine generating a
mod erate 35-40 BHP.
* Stewart up-draft vacuum type carburetor.
* 3 speed + 1 back gearbox.
* 5-bearing chrome-vanadium steel crankshaft
* Fuel consumption of 25 miles per gallon at touring speed
The Dodge motor company was acquired from Dillon-Reed by Walter Chrysler in 1928 after some aggressive and intimidating proceedings for $170 million.

1946 Chevrolet Sedan


owned by Bill and June Moran

The 1946 Chevrolet Sedan was one of the most coveted vehicles in the post World War-II era and was regarded as a revelation of Chevrolet’s experience in the field of automotive technologies and its tradition and heritage of producing cars which have power, style and stability.
Already well established as one of the leading automobile manufacturer, Chevrolet’s primary goal in the post World War-II era was in maintaining customer satisfaction and in making Chevrolet ownership, the most pleasant motor car experience.
The 1946 Chevrolet (Stylemaster 6 Series DJ/ Fleetmaster 6 Series DK) Sedan was designed and developed to provide thousands of miles of driving satisfaction and comfort. Boasting of an all-steel construction, well insulated against heat and sound, it provided several innovative safety features such as:
Adjustable front seat; Safety Glass; Controlled Ventilation; Recessed control Knobs; Hydraulic Brakes: Hand Brake Lever;
Some of the technical specifications of the 1946 Chevrolet Sedan are:
Six Cylinder Engine delivering 90 BHP at 3300 RPM
Piston Displacement – 216.5 Cu.In.
Bore and Stroke: 3-1/2 x 3-3/4
Normal Oil Pressure – 14 lbs
Wheelbase – 116″
Fuel Tank – 16 gallons
The 1946 Chevrolet Sedan renewed the passion and faith of car lovers and Chevy enthusiasts after the War’s devastation’s and led the way for Chevrolet’s sustained financial success in the public domain