You know the names, but you may not the history behind some of the biggest automobile makers out there. Learn about the good, the bad and the ugly on car manufacturers.

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How Crosley Cars Work

Crosley cars created unique models from the sporty Hotshot to the handy FarmORoad. Founder Powel Crosley, Jr. entered the auto industry in 1939. Read about the history of the now-defunct Crosley company.

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  • How Pierce-Arrow Cars Work
    How Pierce-Arrow Cars Work

    Pierce-Arrow, born of a bicycle company, quickly earned a reputation for extravagant luxury cars. It was one of the fabled ‘’three Ps’’ of U.S. automotive royalty. Learn how this led to both success and failure. See more »

  • How Rambler Cars Work
    How Rambler Cars Work

    Rambler cars got their start as a successful compact model put out by Nash in 1950. Rambler sold more than 30,000 1958 Rambler Americans. Learn all about Rambler which closed shop in the late '60s. See more »

  • How Reo Cars Work
    How Reo Cars Work

    The Reo Motor Car Company was created in 1904 out of an argument at Olds Motor Works. Reo fielded one-, two-, four-, and six-cylinder cars. Learn all about Reo which stopped making cars in 1936. See more »

  • How Shelby Works
    How Shelby Works

    After Carroll Shelby retired from racing cars he began building them. The 1964 Shelby AC Cobra was one of Carroll Shelby’s first American masterpieces. Learn about Shelby Cobras Mustangs and other exciting Shelby cars. See more »

  • How Studebaker Works
    How Studebaker Works

    Studebaker started in 1852 with covered wagons and horse-drawn vehicles. In 1902, Studebaker began building automobiles. Learn about the history of Studebaker and its demise in the 1960s. See more »

  • How Stutz Cars Work
    How Stutz Cars Work

    Stutz formed in 1912 and quickly earned a reputation for fast race-worthy cars. Stutz introduced America to an early form of the sports car. Learn how they made the switch to consumer cars and why. See more »

  • How Terraplane Cars Work
    How Terraplane Cars Work

    Terraplane cars which grew out of the successful Essex Terraplane made by Hudson were built from 1934 to 1938. They were a tremendous boost to parent company Hudson's bottom line. Learn all about Terraplane cars. See more »

  • How Tucker Cars Work
    How Tucker Cars Work

    Preston Tucker's plan for a wholly new car was too ambitious to succeed. The 1948 Tucker Torpedo was remarkably innovative, but only 50 cars were ever produced. Learn about the brief heyday of the Tucker Torpedo. See more »

  • How Willys Cars Work
    How Willys Cars Work

    Willys was best known for manufacturing the Jeep, but for years it also produced several popular passenger cars. Willys was later bought out by Kaiser. Look back at the line of Willys cars. See more »

  • How American Bantam Cars work
    How American Bantam Cars work

    Roy S. Evans bought American Austin for a mere $5,000 and renamed it American Bantam. American Bantam produced small cars from 1936 up until 1941. Learn why American Bantam didn't succeed beyond World War II. See more »

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