Public Home > Automobile Reference Guide
       

Automobile Reference Guide

All my life I've dreamed of being a classic car owner. Since that can't happen, I have decided to photograph as many of them as I can.

Some random stats as of July 18th, 2012: I have photo documented 1,106 fully identifiable cars, covering 1900-2012 (and several horse-powered vehicles before that). 101 car companies are fully documented (Year/model known) and I have shot at least one car from every year from 1920-1988.

All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Overall- all brands.

The goal of this section is to document as many different kinds of cars as I can. The paramters: The cars had to be mostly stock. I accepted wheel changes because most of the cars I've seen have them. The pictures had to show it fully- no nose/tail only shots, and they had to not be blurry.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  5 views
    • 4 visitors
    • 1199 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Vehicles I need help IDing

I found out doing this project that I didn't know anywhere near as much about cars as I thought I did. I came up with cars I can't totally ID, mostly by year, but there are 23 that I can't even ID the brand, although I have a suspiscion on a few. I would gladly accept any help in IDing these- or correcting any possible mistakes in the other albums.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
AMC, Nash and Rambler

AMC was formed when several of the Independant car companies merged in the 1950s. The car brands that became AMC- notably, Rambler and Nash- were produced under several official names, and as they are somewhat rarer than cars from the Big 3, I have not seen and photographed all that many of them. They are combined here. AMC hung on until the late 1980s, before being purchased by Chrysler, for the Jeep brand, which has it's own album.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg

Three companies under one roof. None of them survived the Depression, but they were some of the best cars ever made. The 1930s Duesenbergs are, in the opinion of many, including my mom- the best cars ever made. I've never seen an Auburn or Duesenberg outside of a museum, but I have seen Cords more than once- one of them, in 2011 at a show, another on a flat bed awaiting restoration whipping along I-84 in Fishkill NY at 80 MPH.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 6 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 18 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Buick

One of the pillars of General Motors, Buick has been an upper class brand for years. Random fact: the first ever car in China was a Buick, and it's still the most popular American car in China.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 55 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Cadillac

Cadillac has always been the highest level brand at GM, and in the late 20s and early 30s it made a run at Duesenberg for best of the best. The '31 in this album that I photographed at the Saratoga Automobile Musueum's Cadillac exhibit is my favorite car in the album.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 31 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Chevrolet

My most-photographed car brand.

Might be off on some years in the 80-00s and pre-WWII.

My family traditionally is a Chevy family, although we have had lots of other cars. My brother currently drives a Chevrolet, and the first car I ever drove was his 1996 Cavalier, which he had from 1997-2005. Obviously, I have a love of the El Camino that earned me my nickname circa 2000 on the Hobby Heaven board!

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 2 years ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  2 views
    • 2 visitors
    • 225 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Chrysler

We've had a handfull of Mopar products through the years...all of them have been trouble prone. We don't expect to ever have another. Currently, though, they make the best looking cars in the USA.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 28 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
DeSoto

The forgotton Mopar brand, did not live past 1961.

Album was created 5 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  1 views
    • 1 visitors
    • 5 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Dodge

Dodge was always the medium Mopar brand (above Plymouth, below Chrysler) and currently, in 2011, overall makes what I think are the best looking American cars. The Dodge Charger Daytona of 1969 is one of my 5 all time favorite car designs.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Edsel

One of if not my favorite brand, despite it's short three year run. My profile picture is of me in a 58 convertible.

My dream car is a 1958 Bermuda wagon, 4-door with wood grain, in the traditional 50s teal. I've never actually seen a 58 wagon in person.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  1 views
    • 1 visitors
    • 11 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Ford

In my lifetime (1984) we have had more Fords than anything else- at least 4 of them, including a 73 Gran Torino Wagon, a 90 Aerostar and several 80s LTD wagons, of which we didn't take a single picture. We have not had a Ford in the family since 2003, but when our current Jeep gives out, a Ford will most likely replace it.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  1 views
    • 1 visitors
    • 230 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
GMC

All trucks, all the time! I am surprised GMC has survived all these years, as they are basically just Chevrolet trucks with minor differences- back in the day, major differences- on the grill and bumpers.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 9 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Hudson

Well known for "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet", Hudson dominated NASCAR in the early 1950s, with an elegant and fast step-down design. When the Hornet was redesigned for '54, it was not a popular racer, and Hudson was out of the sport by 55- and out of the car buisness by the end of the 50s, with 1957 the final year. Hudson was folded in to AMC.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 6 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  1 views
    • 1 visitors
    • 6 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Jeep

Jeep has one of the most remarkable histories in automobile land. Designed originally by American Bantam for WWII, it was produced by several companies during the war, including Willys and Ford, as well as Bantam, who did not have the capability to produce as many Jeeps as the war effort needed. After the war, Willys had the Jeep and built it's entire company around them. In 1970, AMC purchased the company specifically to get Jeep, and then, in 1987, Chrysler bought AMC to get Jeep! In the late 90s or early 2000s, German company Daimler-Benz purchased Chrysler, with many people believeing that Jeep was the main reason for purchase. That firm has now been broken up, with Chrysler being it's own company, and now Italian firm Fiat having purchased most of it- I don't know if getting Jeep was the main reason, but it would not surprise me.

I have a personal connection to Jeep as well. Since 2003, our family daily driver has been a 1994 Grand Cherokee, and although there are no pictures of it, when my parents met, my dad was driving an early 60s wagon as his daily driver- I believe he told me it was a 1964 model. (I wish I could find the notes I took when my dad gave me his list of cars owned!)

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Lincoln

Ford's top of the line brand, it was actually it's own seperate company that Ford purchased in the late 1920s. The 2005 model here was a car we rented, for our trip to the Toledo model show. It was truly a great car.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Mercury

Mercury (1939-2010) was Ford Motor Company's intermediate brand, between basic Ford and high level Lincoln. The 49-51 Mercury is one of the more popular cars for customizers...I've never seen a stock 49. Near the end, I found the Mercury to be better looking than the Fords. There are some Canadian market cars in the album as well.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Oldsmobile

When Olds was killed in 2004, it was the third oldest continual brand in the world, following Benz and Peugeot.

I never gave Oldsmobiles much attention growing up, but I have really started liking them now. Oddly enough, I am seeing more Cutlass & 442s at shows than ever before. I think people who can't afford Chevelles have gone for the Olds instead.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 32 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Others

American automobile brands that I have not seen enough of to give their own album.

Highlights include, among others: Tucker, International, DeSoto, Shelby, DeLorean, Franklin, Stanley Steamer, Kenworth, and Zimmerman, ranging in age from 1900-2000.

With the addition of fellow TNMCC member Ed Villa's 2000 Kenworth, this album now spans a century!

I love the obscure in life, and there are some obscure cars here.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 80 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Packard

"Ask the man who owns one" was the Packard slogan. I've never actually talked to any Packard owners. Classy, classic cars though.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Plymouth

The first of four major brands to die in the first decade of the current century, (2001) "leading" Oldsmobile, (2004), Pontiac and Mercury (2010) into the land of Orphan Cars.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  2 views
    • 2 visitors
    • 63 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Pontiac

"The Car of excitement" was obviously not exciting enough, as the line died in 2010.

In my opinion, the early 50s Pontiacs are some of the best early 50s cars, in an era where every single car was great.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  4 views
    • 4 visitors
    • 70 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Studebaker

Studebaker was the oldest company to build automobiles-founded in 1855, many of the famed Conestoga wagons were Studebaker. They moved into cars in 1903, and would last until 1966. The very last Studebaker ever made is in this album. I consider the Bullet Nose cars of 1950-51 the best looking Studebakers of all time, and the design ranks in my top 5.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  2 views
    • 2 visitors
    • 41 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Willys

Willys (also, Willys-Knight and Overland) was based in Toledo, Ohio, and actually is more popular now, long after it has ceased to exist, than when it was alive. Founded in 1908, Willys was in buisness as a car brand until WWII, and again breifly in the 1950s. The standard Willys design of 1938-42, renamed Americar in 1941, is one of the most popular cars to hot rod today- but perhaps even more important is the legacy of Jeep. While Willys did not design the original Jeep, they were the go-to company for them and it kept them alive well into the 1960s, for most of the post-war period to the end of the Willys name in 1963, Jeeps were all they produced. I have not seen many Willys- at least, not many factory stock examples- and have had to use customs to illustrate the 1940 and 41 models here.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  1 views
    • 1 visitors
    • 9 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Volkswagen

The only foreign brand that I've photographed enough to recieve it's own album. My dad's final two daily drivers were VWs- a 1983 Rabbit, and a 1985 Quantum. The Quantum is in the album. It was, amazingly, his favorite car that he ever had- and he had some great cars, particularly in the 1960s.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago
    • No comments
    •  Today:  0 views
    • 0 visitors
    • 8 files
All photos © ElCaminoBilly unless otherwise noted
 
Foreign cars- all except VW

My love of the American automobile is nearly endless (well, the blobs of the 2000s, maybe not!) but most foreign cars just don't do anything for me. Still, I have photographed quite a few of them- and those that I can identify by year and model are here. The cars that I do like are generally the ones I've photographed. The Austin in the album may be an American Austin, I am not sure how to tell them apart. The 1991 Suburu wagon was my dad's back up car for the last 5 or 6 years of his life- the tiny picture here, which I took in 2000, is the only photo we ever took of it.

Album was created 6 years 3 months ago and modified 5 years 3 months ago