From 1912-18, Willys was the 2nd-biggest American automobile maker.
Ford was 1st, the bastards.
Willys-Overland is the company that eventually brought us the Jeep.
Let’s take the 1920 Overland 4 for a spin.
The Torino was an upscale variation of the Ford Fairlane, eventually replacing it. Sorry, Andrew Dice Clay.
The car was named after Turin, the home of a certain shroud.
You might notice some shared DNA with a certain ’73 Ford Falcon used in a dusty Australian movie.
And don’t forget about The Striped Tomato.
Street cred? This car had it.
Oldsmobile’s Rocket engine was kind of a big deal.
The voice of Rocket in the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy movies is Bradley Cooper.
Something for the auto buffs: Why Packard Died
Want a Packard of your very own? Looks like a 1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight goes for an average of $212,926 these days. What a bargain!
Q: Where do Volkswagens go when they get old?
A: The Old Volks home.
I’m so sorry.
Not-really-fun fact: The Volkswagen Beetle was originally named the Volkswagen Type 1 and marketed as the Volkswagen.
More VW Beetle trivia here via Mental Floss.
Can I get it in a light urple?
Behold, the American Motors Gremlin.
Its sales brochure called it “the first American-built import”.
It was marketed as “cute and different”.
Both Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush once owned and drove Gremlins.
In 2007, Time magazine included it in its list of “The 50 Worst Cars of All Time”.
In 2020, Automobile magazine gave it a good review, but still called it “one of history’s dorkiest cars”.