Early one sunny Sunday morning in the city of Mannheim, Germany, something extraordinary happened. Mrs Bertha Benz set out on the 65-mile journey to visit her parents in neighbouring Pforzheim, with her two teenage sons in tow. Nowadays, this may not seem especially remarkable - millions of us make similar trips every weekend to see loved ones. What made Bertha’s journey so remarkable was that the year was 1888, the journey took over 12 hours, and was the world’s first long-distance trip by car.
A classic car can be a great collector's item. However, the vehicle should be in good condition if you want it to retain its value while you own it, and make the most of your money. If you're thinking of buying a classic car, there are a number of things you should look out for to ensure you get a good deal. Here are five important tips to consider:
If you own a vintage car, then you would definitely want to take good care of the car and maintain it perfectly. The point is that you may want to resell your vintage car or want to gift it to someone or you may just want to hold on to that Vintage car. Whatever be the motivation, you would still need to take good care of the car so as to ensure that it does not fall into disrepair and disuse. Here are a few tips which should enable you to take better care of your vintage car.
The best books about car history are appealing on several levels. They combine the history of a specific brand or construct of car with the history of the automotive industry as a whole, comparing the two against each other so that readers can develop a greater sense of what it took to cement each automobile's legacy in the general history of automobiles. Tracing different trends and designs over the years is eye-opening, especially for automotive experts, aspiring engineers, or the everyday mechanic. You can spot societal shifts in the designs of vehicles, as well as the cultural importance of owning and maintaining certain types of vehicles. Each piece of literature tells a captivating story, and anyone from hobbyists to professionals would be able to enjoy what's between the covers of these titles.
The Chevy Chevelle was one of Chevrolet's most successful nameplates. The Chevelle Super Sport, or SS represented Chevrolet's ticket into the muscle car battle. It began as the ultimate working stiff’s muscle car and remained so from 1964 through its peak in 1970 fading out to the last model Chevelle SS in 1973.
Studebaker is one of those very few car brands we wish would come back to life. It was a brand known for reliability, innovation, and having a touch of class that would make most people turn a little green with envy. Though it died after Henry Ford personally went after the company, Studebaker lives on as a name associated with collector cars and more.
The history of steam-powered cars goes back not just centuries, but millennia. To trace the path of its invention, we first have to go back to the first use of steam as a mechanism to power motion: the aeolipile. The aeolipile was invented by the Hero of Alexandria in the 1st Century AD. Although it did not channel steam power for any practical purpose at this point, the mounted spherical device used the force of escaping steam to make it spin, demonstrating the principles that would later be used to make steam engines and steam-propelled vehicles—namely, the potential force of directed steam.
If there's one thing that the car world is good at, it's preserving historic cars for future generations to enjoy. That's why you can still see examples of some of the best vintage cars in existence, and why you can still regularly spot some of the best classic cars of the 40s at almost every car show out there.