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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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Harley Earl has been called the father of American automotive design. See our list of 11 design innovations of Harley Earl such as the Wraparound Windshield and the Auto-Styling Studio to find out why.


How Duesenberg Cars Work

The cars built by the Duesenberg brothers are still considered among the finest ever made. With their vast experience and growing reputation in racing, the Duesenbergs built their first road car. Learn more about the fascinating run of the Duesenberg. See more »

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 Panoz Cars Work

Panoz Auto Development Company is the brainchild of Dan Panoz and his billionaire father. Dan setup a small factory in Atlanta, Georgia to create his first roadster. Learn about models such as the Panoz Roadster and A.I.V. See more »

How Excalibur Cars Work

Excalibur has an exciting and turbulent history lasting more than 40 years. From the classic automobiles, to the history behind them, the Excalibur Phaeton and Excalibur Roadster are a collector's dream. Learn more about Excalibur. See more »

How Allstate Cars Work

Allstate cars were a short-lived experiment conducted by Sears to try to break into the automobile industry. Allstates are extremely rare today, and thus more desired by collectors. Learn about Allstate's mail-order car. See more »

How AMC Cars Work

AMC was born from the failing Rambler company. They became a distinct make in 1966. Learn how AMC built the Gremlin and Javelin, bought out Jeep, and was in turn bought out by Chrysler. See more »

How American Austin Cars Work

The 1930 Austin American Roadster was more of a novelty than transportation. American Austin made midget cars more than a foot shorter than the VW Beetle. Learn why even a starring movie role couldn't sell American Austins. See more »

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 »

How Auburn Cars Work

Though the Auburns best remembered today were built in the '30s and late '20s, the marque was established way back in 1903. That's when brothers Frank and Morris Eckhart began selling an $800 chain-drive runabout with a single-cylinder engine. See more »

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 »