It has been awhile since I wrote about some of the old makes of cars that were prevalent when I was a youngster. There were a number of car brands that became very popular then but are no longer being produced.
Some that I remember are the Studebaker, the Packard, the Nash, the Desoto, the Hudson, the Kaiser, the Frazer, the Henry J, the Edsel, the Rambler, and the Crosley. Of course, before my time there were many other auto brands that didnt make it to today.
The brother duo of Henry and Clem Studebaker opened a blacksmith and wagon-building shop in South Bend, Indiana in 1852. Some of their horse drawn vehicles were used in the United States Civil War as well as World War I. It was later that the brothers entered into the automobile business. After a number of ups and downs in business and several innovations, the brand was abandoned in 1966.
I considered the Packard to be a luxury car in its time. The Packard brand was started when the Packard brothers, J. W. and W. D., improved on another popular brand in 1898. Packard merged with Studebaker in 1954. The last autos bearing the Packard name were sold in 1958.
There were a lot of Nash cars on the road when I was young. The Nash name lasted from 1917 until 1957. Charles W. Nash, a former president of General Motors, bought the Thomas B. Jeffrey Company in July of 1916 and began producing that car.
The DeSoto was a make produced by the Chrysler Corporation. It was discontinued in the 50s if my memory is right.
The Hudson was once seen often on the roads of the United States. The Hudson was first made in 1909 and production was ended in 1957.
The Kaiser, Frazer and Henry J were all made by the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation of Willow Run Michigan. If I remember correctly, the Henry J was a small car while the Kaisers and Frazers were large cars with several modern innovations. The Frazer was more expensive than the Kaiser.
I suppose everybody remembers the Edsel. The Edsel was created to fill the gap between the Ford and Mercury lines. Unfortunately no gap existed. The public didnt buy it and the Edsel was a failure. Production lasted from 1957 until 1959. One of the worst features of the Edsel was the grill, which was often called a horse-collar grill.
Nash revived the Rambler in 1950 for the first of the cars that came to be known as compacts.
The Crosley was a very small car developed by Powell Crosley of Radio fame. It originally had an air-cooled engine but was converted to a water-cooled engine and became more successful due to that change.
Does anyone remember the Allstate. It was a small mail-order car marketed by Sears Roebuck.
Of course these are only a few of the makes that were traveling the roads when I was young. Anyway I have included some information about a few as I remember them and with a bit of research.