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September 27th, 2006

On October 29,1959, Chrysler Corporation entered the compact car sweepstakes with Valiant, intended as a corporate competitor to Ford’s Falcon and Chevy’s Corvair. The Big Three automakers thus served notice that American Motors and Studebaker would not have this new market segment to themselves. In contrast to the rather bland styling of Falcon and Corvair,….
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September 22nd, 2006

Autojumble, that is. Inspired by Hershey but not a clone of it, Autojumble was conceived and christened by Michael Ware, now the retired director of Britain’s National Motor Museum, in 1967. Held on the grounds of the Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire, Autojumble opens for a weekend each September. This year’s event was the fortieth. Smaller….
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September 13th, 2006

Not long after Jill and I were married, it became apparent she should have a car of her own. I usually drove the Rover, and while we also had a Chevy pickup she preferred something smaller, a car that could “turn on a sixpence,” like a Triumph Herald. The Herald had been introduced by Standard-Triumph….
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September 6th, 2006

And a tail tuck. Studebaker introduced the 1959 Lark, its first “compact” model, as THE NEW DIMENSION IN MOTORING. Inspired by American Motors’ success in reviving the 1955 Rambler as the Rambler American, Studebaker sought to crib a maneuver from AMC’s playbook. But Studebaker had to do more than dust off old dies, since all….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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