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for Young Men magazine, which was published in the 1950s and 1960s, covered
a wide array of subjects including model cars, boats, trains, rockets, and helicopters.
It may have billed itself as targeting young men, but men of all ages enjoyed its
monthly contents. The December 1945 edition had this spread on some early cars such
as the Pierce Silver Arrow and 1922 Durant. The image of line drawings and brief
descriptions would also make a good wall poster if you want to print it out. If
you are a vintage car aficionado, then most likely you have visited the
Jay Leno's Garage website. He
has one of the nicest private collections of antique automobiles and motorcycles
in the world.
See Auto Progress Memory Lane
Auto Progress: Down Memory Lane III
Many a collector would give his eye-teeth for any of these old-timers
now "passed into glory"
By Douglas Rolfe
Our third trip down Memory Lane introduces
three more models of now-forgotten make which have appeared in previous issues of
Auto Progress and a handful of completely new jobs which were once the pride and
joy of their owners. We produce the fabulous Pierce Sliver Arrow - a car which was
at least ten years ahead of its time. Included are some famous firsts - the Franklin,
Peerless and Locomobile original models. Last trip down Memory Lane depicted General
Pershing's staff Locomobile. Now we show the 1921 sports phaeton which for sheer
beauty would be hard to beat even today in the high-price sportscar field. The custom-built
Brewster is yet another example of a forgotten craft and era. Today. wisely, most
car bodies are fabricated from steel or tough plastics but we should not overlook
the marvelous coachwork which probably attained its peak with such makes as the
Brewster and Rolls-Royce. In the latter case, however, the coachwork was rarely
produced by Rolls. For many years this company sold only the bare chassis - your
own favorite coachmaker finishing the job. (Early Rolls models in future issues)
First Franklin, 1902, was equally "open,"
but like all later models until this make died in '32, had air cooled engine, elliptical
The 1902 model Peerless had the familiar
tonneau body of the period with absolutely no protection against inclement weather.
These were truly the heroic days when all that mattered was that the car actually
worked - driver had to fend for himself!
First Locomobile was produced in 1899.
Like so many very early autos it was virtually motorized buggy.
W. C. Durant was at one time the driving
force behind General Motors. Forced out in 1922, he formed a rival company and produced
low-priced, competitive Star. '22 model shown: $348 up.
1921 Locomobile was a horse of a different
color. The beautiful lines and proportions of this sport phaeton show why it was
once regarded as one of the top-bracket U.S. class cars.
Billed as ''The Most Beautiful Car in
America," the Paige had long lines, little gingerbread, and was aimedd just below
the luxury line in price. (To be portrayed subsequently is much later Graham-Paige,
with skirted fender.) Shown is 1920 Paige.
The 1920 Brewster custom-built "Landeau"
or town car illustrated here was probably the last word in truly beautiful coachwork.
It was a rich mans car from start to finish, and a good one.
The very first Pierce - for long one
of the top U.S. luxury automobiles. Little more than the typical powered buggy of
the period; tiller steering.
The Silver Arrow of 1933 - last of the
Pierce-Arrows - had 175 hp engine, power brakes and styling all far ahead of its
time. $10.000, list!
Who today remembers the Lafayette ? It
was once one of the top contenders in the fairly high-price field. Built by Nash
between 1920 and 1929, it was dropped and then reintroduced in the low-price market
Posted September 28, 2022
(updated from original post
Douglas Rolfe Drawings
Post-Pusher Parade, May 1961 American Modeler
Air Progress: The Jet Engine, July 1951 Air Trails
Air Progress: The Bristol Story, November 1948 Air Trails
Progress: Down Memory Lane III, December 1954 Air Trails
Progress: Memory Lane Collection No. 2, August 1954 Air Trails
Air Progress Famous Firsts, August 1954 Air Trails
Air Progress: Japanese Air Force World War II Fighters, December 1954 Air Trails
Air Progress: Lindbergh Era (1927-1929), July 1954 Air Trails
Air Progress: The Search for Speed, November 1950 Air Trails
Air Progress: Soviet Air Force Latter Day Types, March 1955 Air Trails