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GM Bought Cadillac for $4.5 Million in July 29, 1909

A little over 111 years ago, on July 29th, 1909, General Motors (GM) bought the Cadillac Automobile Company for $4.5 million. Unknown to many, Cadillac was formed from the remains of the Henry Ford Company. Because of a dispute with investors, Henry Ford left the his own company in March 1902 and eventually launched another car company, the Ford Motor ...

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1965 Buick Riviera: And Audrey Was Her Name

(The author, Barry Hunter, is based in Georgia, USA. He is married to Hidee Balan, the sister of Power Wheels Magazine VP for Sales and Marketing, Shawie Balan Dizon.) When I was younger, my dad and I were driving around and we saw a Buick Riviera. After discussing its great body lines, the smooth power of the 401 cubic-inch (6.5-liter) ...

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1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet (W111): 55-year-old Sports Luxury Cabriolet

(Editor’s Note: After picking up a 2020 Mercedes-Benz V220 Avantgarde from the new Mercedes-Benz showroom in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) for my birthday drive this weekend, I had the urge to sift through our old Power Wheels Magazine articles about vintage Mercedes-Benz cars. I found this “Euro Sports” article about a W111 1965 Mercedes 220 SE Cabriolet, which coincidentally, was ...

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Evolution of the Ford F-Series (F-100/F-150) Pickup Trucks

When Henry Ford started rolling out his car for the common man, the Ford Model T, in 1908, little did he know that his surname would become synonymous with the best-selling pickup truck 112 years later. The first pickup trucks were created when owners would hitch a wooden wagon to their Ford Model T to haul produce, lumber or other ...

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60-Year-Old Kei Car from a 100-Year-Old Company: Electrified 1960 Mazda R360

Last January 30, 2020, before the COVID-19 virus became a global pandemic, Mazda Motor Corporation celebrated its 100th anniversary. Mazda began as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd., that was founded in January 30, 1920 in Hiroshima, Japan. The company was renamed Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1927. From manufacturing machine tools, the company shifted to vehicle manufacturing with the ...

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1964 Pontiac GTO: The First American Muscle Car

It’s still subject to debate but most car enthusiasts consider the 1964 Pontiac GTO as the first American muscle car. But it cannot be doubted that Pontiac unwittingly created the formula for the muscle car genre with the GTO – an intermediate body American car with a large displacement V8 engine and a penchant for high performance, especially in drag ...

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1980-1988 Ferrari 308 GTS: Magnum P.I.’s Robin 1

If an ostentatiously wealthy friend invites you to be his security consultant and live in his beachfront estate in Hawaii, where you can come and go as you please, take odd part-time jobs when you are not occupied, and get to drive a red Ferrari for free, would you say no? We don’t think so. That was the premise of ...

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2006 Ford GTX1 Roadster: A Little Off The Top, Please…

Ford Motor Company‘s now-legendary racing prototype, the Ford GT40, had a magical year in 1966. Henry Ford II wanted to get back at Enzo Ferrari for the botched sale of the iconic Italian sports car company to Ford. After watching the GT40 endure numerous early teething problems like aerodynamics, engine and transaxle reliability, Ford confidently declared it would beat Ferrari ...

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1969 Buick GS 400: The Gentleman’s Hot Rod

Buick, the “gentleman’s car” division of General Motors, was an unlikely source of some of America’s finest muscle cars. In 1965, they joined the muscle car fray by shoehorning a 400-cubic-inch V8 into their mid-sized Skylark model and called it the “Grand Sport”. In 1968, with the introduction of the new GM A-Body line-up, they shortened the name of their ...

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Archives: 1st Independence Day Classic and Muscle Car Show (June 12, 2010)

Traditionally, June 12th is celebrated nationwide as the day that the Philippines claimed independence from foreign rule. But June 12, 2010 showed that many Filipinos are NOT really free from foreign control, specifically from their passion towards American classic and muscle cars. Dubbed as the “1st Independence Day Classic and Muscle Car Show” and held at the old parking grounds ...

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