Thursday, December 25, 2014

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Monday, December 1, 2014

1953 Buick Wildcat Dream Car


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1961 Chrysler Imperial

1961 Chrysler Imperial - Image 1 of 40

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Monday, November 24, 2014

1961 Imports In U.S.A.




Toyopet Tiara

Triumph Herald


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1961 Facel Vega's

The Mars Express

One way to get to Mars in 1939.. The Mars Express. One way tickets only..

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X-100 Continental Limousine

This is the X-100 Continental limousine as it was originally built. This photo was taken on 6-15-1961, just after it was delivered to the White House.

51 years later, the X-100 limousine on display at the Henry Ford Museum...

Studebaker Dream Ranchero Goes Camping

1938 "Shark Nosed" Graham

Horch Type 853

1955 GMC L'Universelle (Concept) Van

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

COE Trucks

1941 Chevrolet COE firetruck

1941 Chevrolet COE firetruck 

1939 Ford COE Vehicle transporter

1939 Ford COE Vehicle transporter 2  

1959 Panhard Dyna Z

1959 Panhard Dyna Z 

I miss vehicles that are painted two or three colors instead of one solid color like we see today.

Gilmore Truck 

And the prize goes to the Western Flyer 1941 motor home! (My prize anyway) I can sooooooo see myself in this :~)

Western Flyer 1941 motor home




1955 GMC Hot Rod School Bus/Rv

1955 GMC Hot Rod School Bus/Rv - Image 1 of 24

1948 Hudson Commodore Woodie

1948 Hudson Commodore woodie

1947 Streamliner By Alexis de Sakhnoffsky


The aim of this project was to create a 3D computer model of the 1947 Streamliner and, using the geometry obtained, to manufacture a 1/24 scale model of the truck by a computer-controlled CNC milling machine. Measurements taken from the restored 1947 Streamliner were used, however the tractor was modified to accommodate for the original longer wheelbase.

Images showing several stages of the modelleng process (Click on a thumbnail below to view a full-size image)
Final renders (Click on a thumbnail below to view a full-size image)

It is often claimed that the streamlined beer trucks of the late 30s' appeared as traveling billboards since advertising of beer was prohibited in the media. However, it should be noted that the so-called 'Streamline design' was the order of the day. Raymond Loewy successfully applied it to locomotives, long distance busses and automobiles, while design projects of Norman Bel Geddes ranged from airplanes to ocean liners. In fact 'streamlining' became so popular, that it was used to stylize virtually any kind of consumer product, including completely static ones. Moreover, even for the moving objects, their seemingly 'aerodynamic' shapes were mere fruits of imagination of their creators, as actual experiments with wind tunnels were seldom conducted.

Streamlining of trucks was probably started by The Texas Company (later Texaco) already in 1931. Their 1933 Diamond T-based tanker , also known as the ´doodlebug´, exemplifies the early efforts in streamlining of fuel tanker trucks. This was followed by other companies in the field as well tank body manufacturers. One of the most popular platforms for these trucks was Dodge Airflow, first introduced in December 1934.

Count Alexis De Sakhnoffsky (1901 - 1964) was a prominent industrial designer who had a long association with the White Motor Company. As an assignee for the company he was responsible for designing streamlined tankers based on conventional and coe trucks. The design for the first generation of streamliners for John Labatt Limited was patented by de Sakhnoffsky in 1938 . Apparently related to Labatt's streamliners were designs of a trailer patented in 1937  and a tractor in 1938 . However, Labatt's was not the only brewery that operated streamlined vehicles at that time.

Four generations of streamliners were built for Labatt's. These included semis and vans of similar design. All the designs were drawn by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. The streamliners were built by the Smith Brothers Motor Works of Toronto. The coachbuilder used Canadian-built White tractors and Canadian-built Fruehauf drop-frame trailers to construct the vehicles. The bodies for the units were hand-built of aluminum sheets pined over the wooden frame of white oak and ash.

Labatt's initial order for the forth generation of streamliners was placed in 1941. Original plan included 15 units for Labatt's and one unit for Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, as a vehicle for transporting ponies. Manufacturing was however disturbed by World War II and the work resumed only in 1946. Eventually eleven units were built, ten for Labatt's and one for Princess Juliana.

The 1947 Labatt's streamliner was different its predecessors, the trailer was set lower and was rounded at the front and the rear, it also sported a decorative stainless steel dorsal fin. The tractor had a longer 121" wheelbase. The specifications of the streamliner are given in Table I. The vehicle was painted red with distinctive stripes and lettering in golden leaf; the two tone (red/dark blue) paintjob characteristic for the previous generations of streamliners was dropped.

Labatt's Streamliner

Streamlined beauty is on the road again

Labatt's White Truck

Labatt's restored Streamliner is touring Canada on its way to the winter Olympics

An article The Vancouver Sun on Friday, February 8, 2002If you were a beer drinking truck aficionado 50 or 60 years ago, you might have been lucky enough to see what some consider to be the most beautiful truck in the world. For almost 20 years - from 1936 to 1955 - the Labatt Streamliner was a common sight trundling around Canadian cities. It was especially welcome by those who have a taste for the barley sandwich, as it was used to haul beer from brewery to bar.
More than that, the Streamliner won a "Best Design" award at the 1939 World's Fair in New York and was the first tractor-trailer rig in Canada equipped with air brakes and an anti-jack-knifing device.
It was, by anyone's standards, an art nouveau masterpiece, guaranteed to stop truck drivers, beer drinkers, vintage car buffs, and just about anyone else in their tracks.
Labatt White StreamlinerTrailer Interior
The sight of the Streamliner will revive memories for many Canadians. The truck has a wind-cheating shape and a high-gloss white oak and birch wood interior.
Designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, who also conceived the landmark 1935 Chrysler Airflow and 1933 Nash, the Streamliner was meant to be a kind of motorized goodwill ambassador for Labatt's, and its drivers were trained and expected to assist other motorists with breakdowns, flat tires, and so on.
Constructed specifically for Labatt's, the Streamliner was also meant to give the company "instant identity" and "provide a viable alternative to rail." Originally co-built by the White Motor Company of Canada, Fruehauf Trailers and Smith Brothers Body Works, the first Streamliner delivered in 1935 - was the world's first truly aerodynamic truck. Only one survives - the bright red 1947 model pictured on this page - which, after a seven-year restoration project, was put back- on the road again in 1984. It is now touring Canada on its way to the winter Olympics, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
To get the Streamliner back to its original specs was far from straightforward. Despite the fact that the restorer, Joe Scott, posted a reward for any information leading to the recovery of a tractor unit, none surfaced. Nor were there any blueprints or diagrams available.
This meant the truck, frame, interior, and just about everything else had to be built from scratch. To come up with an authentic streamliner body, Scott downloaded photos of the original trucks into a computer and slowly put together a set of drawings.
The finished product is apparently accurate to within one-thirty-second of an inch. The trailer unit, surprisingly, was found almost intact in a field in Ontario, serving as an office for a construction company.
Because of its unique aerodynamic design, the Streamliner has a wooden body tub, with rolled aluminum sheathing tacked in place. Hundreds of individual pieces of wood were used in the body construction, as well as 30 different hammers to pound the metal into the right shape. The interior of the cab and trailer are finished in white oak and birch wood, and originally, beer was carried around in wooden barrels. The paint job consists of five coats of primer, five coats of bright red, and five more coats of clear-coat, with real gold leaf lettering.
Power is delivered by a White Mustang 386-cubic-inch in-line six-cylinder "flathead" gas-powered engine that develops 135 horsepower. It's mated to a five-speed transmission and a single reduction rear axle. It has air brakes front and back, and the cab is fitted with a hydraulic hoist that allows the driver to tilt it over for engine access. Empty, the Streamliner and trailer weigh 10 tons and can haul another 8.5 tons of cargo. Benny DiFranco, the Streamliner's manager and driver, says that it has a top speed of about 80 km/h (50 mph), which, for its day, made it quicker than just about everything else. What a concept: The fastest beer truck in the country.
I had an opportunity to drive the rig when it was in Vancouver this week and behind the wheel, it's more comfortable than you might think. The shift lever is a steel rod that juts out beside the driver's seat, and if you double clutch, the transmission is actually pretty civilized. There is no synchromesh, so when you slow down, you have to stop and start all over again in first. Power isn't exactly overwhelming, but the streamliner can keep up ... at least when it's empty. Just take the turns wide and be patient. I was actually surprised at how driveable the rig was ... not at all difficult.
In the 25 years I've been writing about cars and bikes, I've piloted some pretty wild and woolly creations. Everything from quarter million dollar luxury sedans to race-prepared sports cars to vintage flivvers to 300 km/h motorcycles. After driving the Labatt streamliner, I think I've about covered it.
Ted Laturnus is co-host of Driver's Seat, which airs Sundays on Global TV


Motoring Memories: The Labatt Streamliners, 1937-1947

Read about the Motoring Memories: The Labatt Streamliners, 1937-1947
Motoring Memories: The Labatt Streamliners, 1937 1947 motoring memories classic cars
Labatt Streamliner; courtesy Click image to enlarge

By Bill Vance
Although Prohibition ended in Ontario in 1927, beer advertising continued to be banned in the media. Brewers sought legal ways to keep their names in front of the public, and one of the most imaginative came from the Labatt Brewing Company of London, Ontario: Labatt’s “Streamliner” tractor-trailers.
In the 1930s, Labatt changed from shipping beer by rail to hauling beer by road. Needing a new fleet of large trucks, they decided to combine highway delivery with mobile advertising. They wanted more than the drab, rectangular haulers then in use so they conceived the Labatt Streamliner as a stylish rolling billboard.
Labatt turned to Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, a Russian-born Count who escaped to France following the revolution. After studying art and engineering he became art director for Belgian custom coach builder Van den Plas. He emigrated to the United States in 1928 to style everything from American Austins to supercharged Auburns.
Sakhnoffsky was engaged to design the Streamliner in 1935, and ultimately designed four generations. Although all were ahead of their time, the last one of 1947 was the most dramatic.
Motoring Memories: The Labatt Streamliners, 1937 1947 motoring memories classic cars
Labatt Streamliner; courtesy Click image to enlarge
The cab-over-engine tractor had a beautifully curvaceous shape. The rear of the cab swept down in a steep, unbroken line ending at fully skirted dual wheels. The equally striking trailer complemented the cab’s fastback shape with a roof arcing gently front to rear. Sakhoffsky’s trade-mark central dorsal fin decorated the rear of the roof. With the dual wheels fully enclosed the tractor-trailer unit had a smooth, integrated appearance.
Fifteen Streamliner bodies were completed in 1937 by Smith Brothers of Toronto out of hardwood and aluminum. Fruehauf produced the single-axle, low-bed trailers, and White Motor Co. supplied the tractor chassis. The futuristic Streamliner won the “Best Design” award at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
The streamliners were the first Canadian tractor-trailers with an anti-jack-knifing device in the fifth wheel, and the first to use air brakes. Power came from a White “Mustang” 6.3-litre (386 cu in.), 135-horsepower six-cylinder engine driving through a five-speed transmission.
Motoring Memories: The Labatt Streamliners, 1937 1947 motoring memories classic cars
1948 Labatt Streamliner; photo by Bill Vance. Click image to enlarge
The Streamliners met Labatt’s requirements for more payload and higher speed. While typical tractor-trailers hauled five tons and attained only 56 km/h, the Streamliners carried 8-1/2 tons and reached 80 km/h.
The Streamliner’s appearance was enhanced by a dramatic red paint treatment decorated with genuine gold leaf script. Labatt’s Highway Courtesy Program featured smartly uniformed drivers trained to assist in everything from flat tires to accidents. They generated positive publicity for Labatt on Ontario roads.
The last generation Streamliners were ordered by Labatt in 1941 but the Second World War delayed the first roll-out until 1947. In addition to the 10 Streamliners, there was a special order for one from Princess Julianna of The Netherlands, who stayed in Canada during the war. She admired the Streamliner so much she wanted one to transport her ponies!
Motoring Memories: The Labatt Streamliners, 1937 1947 motoring memories classic cars
Labatt Streamliner; courtesy Click image to enlarge
This would be the last fleet of Streamliners. Although making a bold styling statement, their time was passing. The bodies were expensive and time consuming to build and the cargo capacity was becoming small by contemporary standards. The shape was not very efficient, and the side-opening doors precluded pallet loading. And other methods of advertising were now available.
The Streamliners were retired in the mid-1950's, and gradually faded from memory. Then in 1977 Joe Scott of London, Ontario, along with Labatt, decided this piece of Canadiana should be preserved. Joe had recently retired from the presidency of White Truck Sales in London which serviced the Streamliners. With Labatt’s financial support, Joe and brother Bob, a long time Labatt employee, set out to find a 1947 Streamliner for restoration.
They eventually unearthed six trailers in Ontario. One was a construction field office, and although tatty, it was restorable.
The tractor was another matter. They wrote to every White branch in North America without success. A $500 finder’s reward generated wide publicity, but no tractor. Joe however, for some unexplained reason, was able to purchase a batch of fenders in The Netherlands. Perhaps Julianna had them in reserve.
The determined Scotts finally found two 1947 White cab-over trucks and set out to recreate the Streamliner tractor. Working from photographs and using a computer, blueprints were developed with accuracy within 1/32 of an inch (0.8 mm) of the original tractor’s dimensions and shape.
Using panel beating hammers and a metal-shaping wheeling machine, the aluminum cab was painstakingly recreated. The project was finally completed and the authentically restored 1947 Streamliner was on the road in 1983.
The Streamliner was honoured by appearing on a Canadian postage stamp in 1996. Owned by Labatt, the Streamliner is a roving goodwill ambassador that appears at fairs, exhibitions and other public events, To the delight of everyone, its horn doesn’t just toot, it plays “How dry I am.”