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Magazine Time Machine: Road & Track December, 1955

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I was looking through the archives and realized I’ve only done one of these so far this year. They seem to go over well with the readers, so let’s pile another one on. I have hundreds more issues where this one came from, so if you want to keep seeing them, you’re in luck. Lincoln isn’t quite what it used to be these days. Just look at that Conti on the cover and tell me anything they make now is as beautifully crafted. They don’t make magazines like they used to either. As usual with these more-than-double-my-age vintage magazines, the cover art is awesome, there’s a couple neat road-tests, the advertisements are great, and oh those classifieds ads, they’re just so perfect. Click the jump to see more.

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Magazine Time Machine: Motor Trend March 1952

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the last one, so lets break back into the archives for another Magazine Time Machine. This issue of Motor Trend featured a lot of information about “The Mexican Road Race” also known as the Carrera Panamericana. There is also some stuff on the 50s era hot rod culture and how jimboys are hopping up their jalopies. As usual with these more-than-double-my-age vintage magazines, this cover art is phenomenal. I’d like to see a modern car magazine use a painting for the cover instead of some overly photoshopped junk-mobile. This issue had a lot of racing coverage that I found fascinating and a really neat ad from Edelbrock (that they honestly should rehash for print ads today). Click the jump to see more.

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Magazine Time Machine: Motor Trend October 1952

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the last one, so now that the holidays are done and over, lets get back to the good-old-days of automobiling. The early 1950s were still heady days for car makers, and many manufacturers we know today didn’t even exist back then. Don’t worry, though, as there are dozens more that existed then that don’t now, like Henry J, Mercury, Packard, and Willys. And that only covers what’s on the cover! As usual with these more-than-double-my-age vintage magazines, the cover art is awesome, there’s a couple neat road-tests, the advertisements are great, and oh those classifieds ads, they’re just so perfect. Click the jump to see more.

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Magazine Time Machine: Road & Track October 1959

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Here’s another issue from my archives that I wanted to dig into. This edition might well be my favorite of all those I’ve done so far. There’s just so much good stuff going on in this issue. I mean, for frick’s sake, there’s an original advertisement for the 1960 Wartburg in this issue! The cover art is awesome, there is some racing coverage that makes me smile big and wide (just like Dan Gurney), the advertisements are great, and oh those classifieds ads, they’re just so perfect. Click the jump to see more.

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Magazine Time Machine: Road & Track April 1953

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Time to dig another issue out of the collection to share with you good folks. This time, we’re looking at a Road & Track from 1953, featuring a fascinating Mercedes-centric overview. They take an all-encompassing look at Mercedes’ road cars, race cars, and historic vehicles. This has been my favorite issue so far, as even the non-Mercedes stuff is pretty cool. Click the jump to see more.

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Magazine Time Machine: Motor Trend July 1963

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve dragged out an issue from my recently purchased collection, and there doesn’t seem to be much news going on these days (what’s the LA Auto Show?) so let’s delve into a bit of the past, shall we? This cover looks like a whole lot of fun. The EMPI Sportster is thrashed about on dirt, while an FJ40 looks on. Full road test of MG’s hydraulic suspended “Sports Sedan”. A NEW CONCEPT in tires; steel belts. And some stock car racing action. This was a great issue to flip through. Click the jump to see some more great photos from the issue.

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Magazine Time Machine: Motor Trend September 1955

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Motor Trend recently released their ‘Best Driver’s Car 2015’ video on their YouTube channel, and it was quite entertaining, so I was feeling a bit in the Motor Trend mood this afternoon. Let’s see what they used to write about 60 years ago. The cover design of a circa 1955 MT isn’t exactly compelling, but it is eye catching. Do you remember a time when MT was staple bound? Where the old R&T covers didn’t have any words on them, MT is clearly designed to catch your attention at the news stand. Detroit’s Best Looking Cars? I’ve gotta check that out!

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Magazine Time Machine: Road & Track May 1958

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A couple of weeks ago I started with Road & Track’s beautiful covers, and I can’t help but come back to another one. This copy was released just a month before the issue used in the inaugural post of this type.  I’ve got a lot of well-preserved magazine issues, so here’s another one from the archives. Keep in mind, this paper was printed 60 years ago. Inside this issue, there’s a lot of really cool ads, some compelling photographs, and some interesting reviews, not to mention the insanely cheap classifieds ads in the back of the issue.

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Monday Music Video: Luxury Elite – Strut (猫 シ Corp. Remix)

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One of the cool things about vaporwave music videos is that they often recycle imagery from 1980s car commercials. A good example of this is the remixed version of Luxury Elite’s Strut, which inexplicably goes with a slowed down Mercury LN7 advertisement clip.

I wasn’t able to source the original ad from where the green, EXP-related FWD Mercury has been snatched, but suffice to say, there are ethereal matte painting landscapes, artificial fog and a trained lynx. Happy viewing!

Magazine Time Machine: Motor Trend February 1955

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Last week a co-worker sold me a crate full of vintage car magazines, more than 70 issues in total, so I thought it might be nice to share some of the highlights with my favorite Hoons. This is another issue chock full of amazing stuff that happened well before I was born. This Motor Trend didn’t have quite as compelling a cover as the issue of R&T that I leafed through back in the first installment, but it’s still pretty cool. These days, a cover like this could be described as #Dynamism. I’ve got a lot of well-preserved magazine issues, so here’s another one from the archives. Keep in mind, this paper was printed 60 years ago.

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