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Six-wheel six with four doors

This 1923 Hispano Suiza has four doors and four rear wheels. It is part of Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation.

  Here’s a four-door car that would cause quite a stir if it came to Iola 2014 (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) as a part of this year’s “Four for All in ‘14” theme exhibit. This 1923 Hispano Suiza H5A Victoria Town car has … More »

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Denver Mint

The Forneys began the car collection in 1956 with the acquisition of this 1921 Kissel Sport Touring car, which is now the focus of a drive to raise funds to restore the car.

A mint is a place where they make treasure. The Forney Museum of Transportation (www.ForneyMuseum.org) in Denver, Colo., is a treasure trove of transportation history. It started as an antique car museum, but today you will find an amazing collection … More »

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WSAH joins “Wheels” to video Gene Grengs

Proof that automotive history can be fun is the big smiles on everyone attending the WSAH annual meeting at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for us. It started with a visit to the Wisconsin Automobile Museum in Hartford, Wis., where we dropped in on the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Society of Automotive Historians. The big … More »

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Lincoln Mark exhibit open at Forney Museum

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  The Forney Transportation Museum (www.forneymuseum.org) is a one-of-a-kind collection with over 500 artifacts and vehicles related to transportation history. The museum began with antique cars, but expanded to include transport of all kinds. Some of these are familiar, while … More »

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Painting a car

Mr. Thomas of New York painting his car with a brush in 1920.

Painting a car has always been an important part of automobile manufacturing. Once the industry learned how to mass-produce vehicles, factories could crank them out by the thousands. It got to the point where it took less time to make … More »

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Maxwell Smarts

John Kelsey and his wife Jan in the 1914 Stutz Bearcat at the Milwaukee Masterpiece (www.milwaukeemasterpiece.com) in 1912.

Paul Kelsey bought his first old car in 1928. He lived in Peterson, Iowa, at the time and attended a car auction in the town square. “I made a bid for this old Maxwell and darned if it wasn’t knocked … More »

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Educational experience

Even if you read all of the books inside the library at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum, you still wouldn’t know it all when it comes to old cars.

What you are looking at in the accompanying photo is the library at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum (www.pontiacoaklandmuseum.com) in Pontiac, Ill. In fact, it is only about half of the library kept there. And Pontiac, of course, was just … More »

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Kelsey Tire open house: The trip was a “trip”

Rambler wagon had its eye punched out.

  During the first weekend in May we took a short 1,300+ mile jaunt down to the Lake of the Ozarks area to attend an open house at Kelsey Tire Co. (www.kelseytire.com). We’ll tell you more about John Kelsey’s 70th … More »

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Eagle Limited Wagon has 4 doors and 4 x 4

If the ’83 Eagle Limited wagon returns to Iola, it will fit right into the four-door car theme. We hope to see it and other “quart-port” cars there in July.

  At first I had my doubts when the Wisconsin Society of Automotive Historians selected the theme for the 2014 Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarsshow.com). They picked “Four for all in ‘14” to honor four-door vehicles. It was the 50th … More »

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Bob Andes bends factory exhausts for old cars

A good assortment of old exhaust parts books helps Bob find the proper clamps and hangers and other parts.

  In the back shops of an old-time auto parts store on the main drag in Antigo, Wis., Bob Andres uses his 17-year-old Huth bender to make stock-look exhaust systems he ships all over the country. Bob’s “be-bop” haircut may … More »

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