The 1969 fully air-conditioned wrought iron Beach Bug.

Original caption: “Los Angeles, California: The kids test-driving this naturally air-conditioned Volkswagen say it runs fine on the beach, but miniskirts may pose a problem in traffic. Its entire body is constructed out of white wrought-iron. The car, built as part of Volkswagen’s exhibit at the international auto show here, is complete with black vinyl […]

Vintage Cars of the Forest.

All images courtesy of DARKstyle Pictures Lying on a blanket of Autumn leaves, these captivating scenes of abandoned vintage cars caught the attention of an urban explorer and photographer known online as DARKstyle Pictures, whose discoveries we’ve featured before on Urban Ghosts. It’s unclear whether they’re part of a collection awaiting restoration or the unfortunate […]

John Lennon’s Psychedelic Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

Only 517 Rolls-Royce Phantom Vs were manufactured. It was an ultra-exclusive car, weighing 2.5 tonnes with a 3.6-metre wheelbase and the same 6.2L V8 engine as the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. The British Crown owned two of them, ridden by Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother. However, even they are outshone by the car’s […]

Jaywalking in America wasn’t a problem until the Automobile.

Before the invention of the car, jaywalking wasn’t a recognized concept. Want to get across the street? Then just walk across the street—nobody’s going to stop you. But the rise of the automobile posed a new problem for people of the early 20th century. While the median state-designated speed limit for American cities was just […]

Car Culture in the 1920s-1930s.

Pictured: A Washington DC filling station in 1924. I get the feeling that a number of the onlookers were invited along for the photograph. Image Credit: Shorpy. Pictured: A Car Crash in Washington DC, circa 1921. Pictured: A wonderful photograph of life around a country store and filling station in Gordonton, North Carolina, circa 1939. […]

Trees Impale 1937 Chrysler Imperial, Old Car City.

Trees grow through the windshield of a 1937 Chrysler Imperial as it sits at Old Car City, the world’s largest known classic car junkyard, in White, Georgia. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. Image Credit: […]

Gangster Squad ’39, Chevrolet Master Deluxe.

Gangster Squad ’39. This Chevrolet Master Deluxe is the result of a partnership combining the graphic art of tattoo and graffiti artist Mister Cartoon and the “film noir style” of Gangster Squad (2013), a film directed by Ruben Fleischer. Source: Whips so cold: the lowriders that are now museum pieces – in pictures | Art […]

‘May I Fill her Up, Madam?’

If you are getting on in years you will remember when someone had a job and would come and fill your car up with fuel. Oh, For those days again. Refueling is a common everyday image. How did gas stations and the ways to fill change through the years? Click the Link below to see […]

A History of the VW Beetle in pictures.

VW Beetles being built in Wolfsburg, West Germany, in 1954. Image Credit: Photograph by Reithausen/AP The car pioneered in Nazi Germany and immortalised in Hollywood movies will cease production in 2019. Beetles parked outside the factory in West Germany. Source: A history of Herbie: the VW Beetle over the years – in pictures | Art […]

The Holden Protoype, 1946.

Prototype No. 1 is the only survivor of three test Holden sedans built by hand in 1946 by American and Australian engineers at the General Motors workshop in Detroit. Earlier that year, General Motors-Holden’s chief Laurence Hartnett had submitted to his American bosses an experimental car design with integrated fenders and straight side panels. Reluctant […]