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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
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 springs.
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 in 1935.
Douglas Rolfe Drawings
May 1961 American Modeler
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
- Auto 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
Posted February 10, 2013