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Monthly newsletter published by McLellan's Automotive History. Dedicated to literature collectors, restorers, museums, publishers, manufacturers and investors who collect and preserve automotive literature
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November 2012 Issue
 
ARTICLE
Ford Created The Hobby
By Robert McLellan
 
1909

Ford put the American family on the road with a cheap, reliable and easy-to-repair car – the Model T Ford. By the 1920s it was the rural car to own. Ford dealerships were everywhere and so were the cars – from the farms to the racetracks. In the 1930s having a hotrod Model T was a college fad. Kids simply found them abandoned on the farms and in the fields. They proceeded to shove a used Ford Flathead V-8 in them and created cheap transportation and a whole lot of fun. Model Ts and Flathead Fords were the mainstream collector cars of the 1950s. In fact, Hemmings Motor News was divided into two sections – Fords and Other Cars. Going to a swap meet like Hershey provided mostly Ford cars, parts and literature. It was possible to find most other prewar makes but asking around for some foreign makes got you a strange look or a laugh. The 1960s and 1970s saw a diminished interest in Ford, and a transition to a more varied mix of collector cars. However, Fords still remain the most popular make, but the prewar Fords are becoming scarce. At McLellan's Automotive History, we have a vast supply of Ford literature (even English Ford) and Ford remains the most popular collector car literature that we have.

 
A tribute to Ford: Ford Racing celebrates their 111th birthday!
Henry Ford was not a racer, but that didn't stop him from getting behind the wheel for a race that is still being talked about 111 years later. In this video, Edsel B. Ford II tells the story of his great-grandfather and how he beat the best racer in the country with a car he built himself.

The Race That Changed Everything
 
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FORD DEALER LITERATURE 1936 to 1968 :: 1969 to 1973 :: 1974 to 1976 :: 1977 to 1997
 
FORD BOOKS :: FORD MANUALS :: FORD MAGAZINES :: FORD MEMORABILIA
 
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, November 2012
 
 
 
 
 
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