1932 Ford Pickup Hood Mural

Images Copyright John Filiss

On March 31, 1932, Henry Ford announced a new automotive milestone:  the Ford V-8.  Although V-8s had become relatively common at that point, they had not yet filtered down to the low-range market represented by marques like Ford. To put this in perspective, Ford's low-cost competitor Chevrolet did not get its own V-8 until 1955, 23 years later.  Ford made V-8 power accessible to the broad range of car buyers, and in doing so they did more than any other auto manufacturer to spur a nascent custom car culture that reached full-flower in the 1950s.
 

cover

Born to be Wild - Four High Octane Movies  This 2 DVD set includes: The Wild Ride - This cult classic stars Jack Nicholson as a rebellious punk of the beat generation, who spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking.  Hot Rod Girl - A small town community is turned upside down by illegal drag racing and out-of-control youngsters in this 1956 classic.  T-Bird Gang - A high school student, working with local law enforcement, goes undercover to infiltrate the teen-based T-Bird Gang, but things get hairy! Fast cars and troublemaking teens star in this 1959 classic! The Choppers - Arch Hill Jr. writes and stars in this 1961 classic about a young hot-rodder who becomes involved with a gang of car thieves and a crooked salvage yard owner.  DVD

 

Serious Wheels
Classic Car Image Galleries

PreWar

American

European

Custom