Probably the most advanced automobile manufacturer in America during the post-WWII years was Crosley, a radio and refrigerator manufacturer. They pioneered the production of quality small cars for a nation raised on cheap fuel and high speed.
The Crosley automobile was the brain child of Powel Crosley, who had already made his fortune as a direct-mail marketer, a radio and appliance manufacturer, owner of WLW (the "Nation's Station") and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
Powell Crosley, Jr. is famous for making millions by producing Crosley radios and Shelvador refrigerators. Mr. Crosley also had a passion for cars, and believed America was ready for a small economy car.
D.A.F. stands for Vandoorne’s AutomobielFabriek. The first D.A.F. car went into production in 1959. It was produced with a step-free variomatic-transmission, a fully automatic system using a centrifugal clutch and a v-belt drivea with a limited slip differential.
D.A.F. is a Dutch company that began in the late 1920s as a garage. After WWII, the company started manufacturing commercial vehicles. The economical situation and the success of D.A.F. trucks made it possible for Hub Van Doorne to realize his dream of producing a luxury car.
Created as a light delivery vehicle for tight spaces, the Midget was originally introduced in 1957 as a three-wheeled truck and enjoyed huge popularity among small businesses and delivery services all over Asia. This version, the Midget II, debuted in 1996 to meet modern standards for the same design ideals.
In the early 1920’s, Gaston Daix, a highly-skilled piano maker with a factory in Pessac, near Bordeaux in the south of France, made this unusual ark-like pedal car with a craftsmanship that embodies the timelessness of an elegant musical instrument.
The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly oval based open-wheel racing series in the United States and Japan. Founded in 1994 by Tony George, one of the IRL’s most popular race is the Indianapolis 500.
Glenn Gordan “Gary” Davis was an industrial designer and salesman. Around the end of World War II, he bought a small racecar that a California racing enthusiast had converted to a 3-wheeler–thinking it would make a practical economy car.