Ford Model K

Ford Model K

By Roberto M. Rodriguez, Retired In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt occupied the White House, the average life expectancy was 47 years, only 14% of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub, the tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower, the average wage in the U.S. was...
The Metz Plan

The Metz Plan

By Roberto M. Rodriguez, Retired What would you do if you had just taken over control of a debt-ridden company with a pile of unsold spare parts? If you were Charles Herman Metz, you would have come up with a plan – because not only did you possess a fine...
The Pioneers of Automobile Collecting

The Pioneers of Automobile Collecting

The Pioneers of Automobile Collecting by Roberto M. Rodriguez (Ret.) Let me take you back to the very beginning of the old car hobby – back to 1939 to be exact – and an article that appeared on September 8 of that year. The headline read, “Vintage Cars...
What is the Brass Era?

What is the Brass Era?

The Brass Era of automobile manufacturing, approximately 1895-1915, features engineering so exquisite it doubles as artistry. Aptly named, the era describes automobiles that were frequently decked out in brass, from their headlights and kerosene lamps, to their...