Dubbed the “AAA guide for black people,” the underground travel manual encapsulated how automobile travel expanded—and limited— African American lives under Jim Crow.
How a debt-ridden banana republic became the greatest economic engine the world has ever known
The Ford Mustang changed the industry when its creator realized “people want economy so badly they don’t care what they pay for it”
The Model T Ford made the world we live in. On the 100th anniversary of the company Henry Ford founded, his biographer Douglas Brinkley tells how.
OLDSMOBILE, GONE AFTER 107 YEARS
What it was like to be young and in the front lines when Europe mounted an assault on Detroit with small, snarling, irresistible machines that changed the way we drove and thought
Bill Mitchell’s imaginings brought you the cars of Detroit’s ultimate classic era
When American cars ruled the world
At a time when driving from Manhattan to Yonkers was a supreme challenge, a half-dozen cars pointed their radiators west and set out from Times Square for Paris
What you owe your car (ending the tyranny of the horse is only the beginning of it)
The single best-selling American car isn’t a car at all. It’s a pickup truck. Here’s how it rose from farm hand to fashion accessory.
When Henry Adams sought the medieval world in an automobile, this stuffiest of prophets became the first American to sing of the liberating force later celebrated by Jack Kerouac and the Beach Boys
The nation’s first transcontinental motor route can still be experienced in all its obsolescent charm.
The Greatest American Car Ever Made? “It’s a Duesy”
We owe the greatest infrastructure project in the history of the world to the fact that in 1919 a young U.S. Army captain named Eisenhower was bored.
Every spring thirty million Americans watch the Indianapolis 500. It’s the nation’s premier racing event and the pinnacle of a glamorous, murderous epic that stretches back nearly a century.
A tribute to the brash confections our car makers offered the world during a decade when not one American in a thousand had even heard the name Toyota
Fifty years ago the builders of the Pennsylvania Turnpike completed America’s first superhighway—and helped determine the shape of travel to come
The Tin Lizzie carried us into the twentieth century, but she gave us a hell of a shaking along the way. Now a veteran driver tells what everybody knew and nobody bothered to write down.
Wherever you go in search of history, there’s a good chance the first thing you reach for will be a road map. And road maps have a history too.
The Florida Speed Carnivals at Daytona lasted less than a decade, but they saw American motoring grow from rich man’s sport to national obsession
He invented modern mass production. He gave the world the first people’s car, and his countrymen loved him for it. But at the moment of his greatest triumph, he turned on the empire he had built—and on the son who would inherit it.
A leading authority picks the top ten. Some of the names still have the power to stir the blood. And some will surprise you.
At a time of crisis for American labor, an organizer looks back on the turbulent fifty-year career that brought him from the shop floor to the presidency of the United Automobile Workers.
A hankering for house cars—and trailers and motor homes—has diverted Americans for more than seventy years
The great sit-down strike that transformed American industry
The first transcontinental auto trip began with a casual wager and ended sixty-five bone-jarring days later
How Americans Met the First Great Gasoline Crisis—Nearly Forty Years Ago