The Packard nameplate may have disappeared for good in 1958, but this model still looks like it just rolled off a dealership's showroom floor.
A classic Chevrolet pickup.
A rare bumble-bee yellow 1964 Morgan Super Sport racer. In the background is a 1955 gullwing door Mercedes Benz roadster.
A sporty British-built Triumph roadster.
The number one most sought after classic car model in the U.S.: a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. Incidentally, 'Bel Air' is French for 'Beautiful Air' ... and it's easy to see why GM's designers gave the '57 Chevy such a 'nom de auto'
Even station wagons in the '50s had class; just look at this 1957 Chevrolet Nomad and you can see why.
For 1970-era muscle car freaks, here's a Pontiac GTO to salivate over.
A Mustang Shelby Fastback.
One of the first Corvette Stingray models.
Dave Shelton's 1956 Porsche Speedster; the German automaker built just 4,144 of these models between 1954 and 1959.
A 1949 Cadillac.
A 1946 Lincoln.
A 1930s-era Buick
A 1923 Rolls Royce.
An example of why the rear-storage compartment on today's automobiles is called a 'trunk'; that 'box' strapped to the rear of this 1920s-era beauty is called a 'trunk', which is a British term of 'luggage compartment'.
There's a historical argument over how this ubiquitous vehicle from WWII became known as a 'jeep.' One thread says the name 'jeep' derived from the vehicle's government-given acronym 'GP,' short for 'General Purpose' vehicle. The other is U.S. infantry soldiers named it after the comic strip character 'Eugene the Jeep', a hardy jungle pet of Popeye the sailor.
A 1922 Seagrave fire truck.
Here's a closer view of that 1955 gullwing Mercedes roadster.
In honor of "living history day" festivities recently held at Sugar Pines State Park in Lake Tahoe, Calif., a group of classic car owners showed off some remarkable vehicles from the U.S. automotive past -- including more than a few trucks.
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