What Is One Horsepower?

What Is One Horsepower?

Can’t you just see Barney Navarro sitting down at a desk in a dark corner of his shop with an old Bic pen and a couple of loose leaf pieces of paper? I bet he didn’t even take time to wash his hands before he started writing. After an hour […]

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Real Henry Ford Plastic…

Real Henry Ford Plastic…

Some of you Fordophiles already know about the Soybean Ford of 1941, but for those who think I’m joking, here’s the skinny: In 1941 Henry Ford was looking for alternatives to steel for car bodies, which was getting on shorter supply as the war in Europe was heating up. He […]

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Corvette Summer

Corvette Summer

I’ve mentioned my mental incapacities a number of times here on The Jalopy Journal (here and here). To put it simply and frankly, I’m a sick bastard and there just isn’t anyway around it. I thought I was getting a little better, but last night proved to be damn near […]

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Les 24 Heures Du Mans

Les 24 Heures Du Mans

I’ve always considered the 24 hours of Le Mans as kind of the Olympics of auto racing. Car crazy and wide eyed lunatics from all over the world gather in a small town a couple hours outside of Paris and literally fight each other for 24 straight hours. The fumes, […]

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Your Favorite 49-52 Chevrolet

Your Favorite 49-52 Chevrolet

So on my way to work this morning, I passed a clean and stock little ’50 Chevrolet coupe. Of course, I mentally went to work customizing the car – mild stance, tasteful shave, and maybe even a haircut. I’ve always thought those early Chevys looked best with a minimal approach […]

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The 1955 Chrysler Falcon

The 1955 Chrysler Falcon

Much like the Hudson Italia, Chrysler also had a stunning factory two-seater meant to compete with the Corvette and the Thunderbird. This sweet roadster, like the Italia, had an American designer, Virgil Exner (the Falcon was often referred to as Virgil’s Viper), and an Italian coach builder (Ghia, in this […]

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III La PanAmericana

III La PanAmericana

About ten years ago, I was browsing a street vendor’s merch in Rosarito Mexico. By pure chance, I found a post card featuring the image above (and below in higher resolution). The back of the card simply read, “III La PanAmericana.” That’s all I have on this extremely weird example […]

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The 1954 Hudson Italia

The 1954 Hudson Italia

Ah, what might have been… By the early 50s, post war Hudson was falling behind in sales, and taking a major gamble on a little car- The boxy and somewhat awkward Hudson Jet. The studio’s chief styling designer was Frank Spring (the man who brought ‘step down’ style to Hudson!), […]

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1949 Ford Unconvert

1949 Ford Unconvert

Cotton Woodworth was a typical Oklahoman. He ran a body shop in Oklahoma City. He spent his weekdays fixing the fenders on ranch trucks and the bumpers on family sedans and his weekends watching football – namely, the national champion Oklahoma Sooners. For the most part, it was a solid […]

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Through the years we’ve had some pretty amazing articles pop up here on The Jalopy Journal. The following is just a few of them:

  • Tom Cobbs

    The story of Tom Cobbs, his legacy, and his hot rod roadster. Read: Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.

  • The Bob Roddick Story

    The story of a set of lost photos that literally take us all back into time. Read: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4.

  • The Ferrari Shoot

    Comparing and contrasting three very different cars with three very different purposes in life. Read It >>

  • Inspiration

    This post is actually a continuation of two other posts that were written in 2006 (Part 1 & 2). The stuff you guys came up with is breathtaking.

  • Gary Howard

    Gary is one of my heroes and after interviewing him, I got to check off an item from my dream list. Read It >>