AMC intermediates at Ate Up With Motor

Aaron Severson has a holiday treat for you. He’s written an article about AMC’s intermediate-sized cars. You’ll find great information about Classics, Marlins, Rebels, and Matadors. Check it out at his web site Ate Up With Motor.

Torq-O has a treat for you, too. We provided three rare movie clips from the The Torq-O Media Archive. (As far as I know, Aaron and I are the only ones who are using the written word and multimedia to chronicle car history.)

Happy Holidays!

REO Royale in Cars & Parts

Look for an article by Dave Duricy on the beautiful 1931-35 REO Royale in the December 1, 2009, issue of Cars & Parts.

It was stylist Amos Northup’s first streamlined design. Indeed, it was the first streamline automobile design, and it was beautiful.

If you can still find the issue on magazine racks, have a look.

Willys-Knight sleeve-valve engine development in Collectible Automobile

I always wondered why John North Willys shared the name Knight on his cars. Now I know.

I read all about it in the February 2010 issue of Collectible Automobile. It’s a great article not only about the development of the sleeve-valve engine but also about the lives of Willys and the engine’s inventor Charles Knight.

I learned that after Knight developed his engine in the early 1900’s, he shopped it around all over the country. Nada. So he went over to Europe and licensed it to Daimler.

Knight did two smart things. First, he licensed the engine to only one country’s automaker at a time. Second, he insisted that any automaker who licensed his engine added a hyphen and his name to the product.

When he returned to America, he attracted Willy’s attention, and voila! The Willy’s-Knight was born. The most well-known Willys-Knight model was the Great Six built from 1925-33.

The article is a great mix of human interest and mechanical innovation stories. Check it out.


Pontiac: End of the (Assembly) Line

Thus endeth Pontiac.