Three NASCAR cars, including Lee Petty's No. 42 Oldsmobile Super 88, head toward the finish line at the first Daytona 500 in 1959
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Which Car Won the First Daytona 500?

The Great American Race has a long, storied history, and its roots run deep within the country. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a shock that a good ol’ American car won the first Daytona 500. The race took place on Feb. 22, 1959. And the vehicles involved hardly resemble NASCAR’s next-gen cars. But just …

A beige Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan sits parked on a street in April 2001
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The Original Luxury Minivan Looked Like a Vacuum

Is it a luxury minivan, or is it a vacuum? That’s right — the original luxury minivan looked remarkably like a handheld vacuum. This quirky vehicle’s designers apparently thought that adding pinstriping and decals would cover up its quirkiness. Unfortunately, nothing they did could hide its resemblance to an oversized hand vac. Not only is …

The red Oldsmobile Silhouette OSV
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Want To Own a Factory-Tuned Oldsmobile Silhouette Concept?

While wagons can make great high-performance vehicles, the same usually can’t be said of minivans. However, that hasn’t stopped some manufacturers from trying to give these practical haulers a touch of sportiness. The Toyota Previa, for example, had a mid-engine layout with an optional supercharger and manual. And the Mercedes-Benz R-Class was a luxury minivan …

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Rusty Monday: Cars Vs. Trees In Rustober

Never bet against trees when it’s cars vs. trees. Trees always win, as we will show you in these next few images as we celebrate Rustober. For some reason, it just seems like trees are attracted to cars like tornadoes are to trailer parks. They are so infinitely tied together that if a felled tree …

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Worst Car Wednesday: The Oldsmobile Diesel Disaster

“I can do it fast, good, or cheap; pick two.” That‘s known as the “iron triangle” in the project management world. General Motors had been in business for more than enough years to understand that mantra all too well. And yet, when it came to delving into diesel engine development, it all went out the …

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Rusty Monday: 1953 Olds Fiesta Holy Grail Of Rust

Some Rusty Mondays are meant to make you cringe. If you’re into rare post-war American cars you know what this is. If you’re not read on. This find we’re calling the Holy Grail of rust. It is a 1953 Olds Fiesta convertible. In 1953 GM produced four very special limited-edition models each for Chevy, Oldsmobile, …

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This Oldsmobile Cutlass Could Hang With the Honda Civic Si

The late 80s and early 90s weren’t a great time for fans of American performance. True, there was the occasional bright spot, like the Impala SS, Buick GNX, and GMC Syclone. However, many muscle cars struggled to deliver on their famous names. That’s why import cars like the Acura Integra, Nissan Sentra SE-R, Mitsubishi Eclipse, …

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado | GM
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Why Are So Many Cars Front Wheel Drive?

There are many reasons why there are so many front-wheel-drive cars. We’ll try to knock out what most of those reasons are. First some background. Front-wheel-drive has been around forever. It came into prominence in the US for racing with Harry Miller’s Indy 500 efforts in the early-1920s. In Europe, there were a number of …

1974 Pontiac GTO | GM

How GM Took Iconic Brands And Fouled Them

General Motors makes decisions in a time/space netherworld we mortals know nothing about. While we look upon many of its historic brands with reverence, it looks to them as only names bonked onto an ever devolving line of subcompact mushmobiles. What once stood for performance, style, engineering excellence, or desirable transportation in its simplest form, …

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Trucks & SUVs

10 Best TV Pickup Trucks Ever

There was a gang of TV shows in the 1950-1990s where a cool pickup was as integral as any character actor, maybe even more so. We miss some of these shows while others, well, they are best left to memory. Still, with an average TV series broadcasting 26 shows a season not counting summer reruns, …


The Five First Muscle Cars Ever Sold in America

When you think about the first muscle cars you think of the mid-1960s GTO, the Hemi-Mopars in the late-1960s, and big-block Camaros and Cobra-Jet Mustangs. But none of those were close to being the first factory hot rods. You have to go back to just after WWII to see the first muscle cars that came …

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8 Failed Car Companies that Couldn’t Beat the Odds

 How did household names like Hummer and Pontiac turn into failed car companies? Even the most innovative car brands can go under depending on factors like cost, performance, and popularity among consumers. While you won’t find these brands on any current top-selling car lists again, it’s interesting to see how these giants in the automotive …