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February 28th, 2007

Everybody knows that Fluid Drive was Chrysler Corporation’s answer to Hydra-Matic, and that it goes “clunk” when it shifts. Everybody’s half right. Indeed, Fluid Drive, introduced on Chrysler cars for 1939 and extended to DeSoto and Dodge in 1941, was Chrysler’s weapon in the shiftless wars, arriving a year before Hydra-Matic and proving to be….
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February 21st, 2007

Queen Isabella I is best known for bankrolling Christopher Columbus in his quest to the New World. Less remembered is her role, with husband Ferdinand (Ferdinand II of Aragon, Ferdinand V of Castile – he wore two crowns), in instigating the Spanish Inquisition. Which one, we might wonder, was on Carl Borgward’s mind when he….
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February 14th, 2007

Gregg D. Merksamer is no shrinking violet. Heads turn when he enters a space; conversation stops as shock and awe spread through the room. It’s no surprise, then, that Gregg D’s recent visit to the North American International Auto Show landed him in the pages of the Detroit News. Gregg D., whose regular beat runs….
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February 7th, 2007

Walter Chrysler and I have something in common. When he was 33 he bought a Locomobile and took it apart. I know the feeling: during the summer I turned nine I bought a Ford and did the same thing. I knew I’d have a car sooner or later. I’d been consumed by them from my….
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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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