Around the time Henry Ford was building his first car, so was Ransom Olds, father of the famous American Oldsmobile.

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But it was Ford who would establish the forty hour working week within his factories and introduce mass production via his moving assembly lines, heralding a new era for industry. The United States embraced the motor car in a big way, and by the mid nineteen sixties, no one walked anywhere anymore. The country that gave us the shopping mall also gave us the parking lot, and drive-through convenience. It seemed like just about
anything could be done in a car, from watching movies to dining to traveling long distance, as with the popularity of the motor car came Motor Inns, also called Motels!


    • Bennet Fox
      Bennet Fox

      And you can forget all of this because the big three do not produce cars anymore. At least not in the United States.

      about 3 days ago
    • jeffrey pierce
      jeffrey pierce

      what's with all the anti-american negativity...

      about 7 days ago
    • Kevin Smith
      Kevin Smith

      You need to check your facts before submitting a completed project. The 1960 vehicle you displayed was indeed a Chevrolet and not a Buick. The 1954 and or 55 vehicle you displayed Buzz a 54 or 55 Cadillac series 62 and not and 1960

      about 15 days ago
    • fred kyle
      fred kyle


      about 19 days ago
    • Dennis R. Levesque
      Dennis R. Levesque

      This seems more like an infomercial for the big two (past & present), but very skimpy on the history of American vehicles.

      about 25 days ago
    • daniel gardner
      daniel gardner

      The big three had plenty of cash on hand after tooling for the war. The Independent car makers despite there quick start after the war had no chance against the war chest the big three had on hand.

      about 28 days ago
    • Spikester HD
      Spikester HD

      a few years ago in 2015 i was 7 and i got into cars from this video my fav car is a 1957 chevy bel air cnady apple red

      about 1 month ago
    • g4ngst4crizz4b

      Society built around the house of cards of guaranteed personal vehicle energy infrastructure. How many would starve to death in the first year without cars? Stupid fools.

      about 1 month ago
    • Lloyd Dailey
      Lloyd Dailey

      these cars today couldn't go over those roads !

      about 1 month ago
    • edwardschlosser1

      The Chevy Volt is A PIECE OF SHIT.

      about 1 month ago
    • edwardschlosser1

      Safety devices and emission controls destroyed the US automobile, and turned it into an overpriced piece of shit. Thank you government of assholes.

      about 1 month ago
    • Old Texan
      Old Texan

      In the 50s and 60s, used station wagons were cheap, with virtually no trade-in value, but usually low mileage, they were a good buy. They were used by Moms for their intended purpose.
      The interiors were usually dirty and needed seat covers. The engines always needed an oil change and servicing.
      The brakes were invariably worn out and they needed tires. Husbands usually did not maintain these vehicles, dismissing it as "Oh the wife only drives the kids to school and to the super-market." No matter that the vehicle was unsafe to drive.
      We used them as work vehicles, fishing or hunting, for anything where larger loads than an ordinary trunk would carry.
      They provided more comfort than a pick-up. Pick-ups were still just work trucks.

      about 1 month ago
    • williamg2552

      A travesty and, as another blogger stated, "An Epic Fail", to virtually IGNORE and BYPASS the history and accomplishments of The Chrysler Corporation and IT'S makes, PLYMOUTH, DODGE, DeSOTO, CHRYSLER, and IMPERIAL. Many of the engineering innovations common in cars today were PIONEERED by Chrysler Corporation Cars and Trucks. Oldsmobile may have been first with a fully automatic transmission, but Chrysler was first in America with it's FORERUNNER, "Fluid Drive", IMPERIAL was the first production car in the world with Power Steering, (1951) DODGE TRUCKS were the FIRST of the Big 3 to apply 4-Wheel-Drive to Pickup Trucks.(1930's). Chrysler was also first with electric Power Windows , Power Convertible Tops, curved side glass, transistorized car radios, the Alternator (the world standard today,1960) , The first mass-produced four-wheel hydraulic brakes (1924) , the first Power brakes (1932) first with Automatic overdrive,(1934) First mass-produced car with 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes (Imperial, 1971 - Corvette is not a "mass-produced car, and Imperial had it  BEFORE Cadillac & Lincoln),First American production engine with 1 horsepower per cubic inch: 1956 Chrysler 300B (355 hp, 354 cid Hemi engine) — before GM, (which wrongly claimed credit) , First with replaceable oil filters,(1920's) First High-compression engine (1925) ,First with Cruise Control (Imperial, 1958) Ignition key starting (1949) Some of these innovations were first in America, others were first in the WORLD . There are many other Chrysler innovations not mentioned here. Every Automobile manufacturer owes Chrysler Corp a great WHY no focus on them on this documentary ??

      about 1 month ago
    • Eric D.
      Eric D.

      They didn't talk about the Chevy Vega ?? Whhhhhhyyyyyyy ??? Snif.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jesse James
      Jesse James


      about 2 months ago
    • Francesca

      I can't believe the Studebaker co. isn't even given a nod for their massive contribution in both World Wars. The US6 was stupendous in Russia, many still driving today. And had Studebaker co. survived past 1963 is would have been the second oldest car company in the world after Daimler Benz.

      about 2 months ago
    • Derek Nicholson
      Derek Nicholson


      about 2 months ago
    • Tan Gre
      Tan Gre

      More like "The History of GM"

      about 2 months ago
    • Marilyn Charest
      Marilyn Charest

      1hour you should make 2 or 3 for more complete details

      about 2 months ago
    • Ron Schwab
      Ron Schwab

      So sad that this is a bygone era. The new cars were exciting to see and quite simply amazing to look at. Now all cars pretty much follow the same boring design. Just pods to travel within. Even into the mid 70's there was some originality left, but that's apparently gone now too. Since the kids now have their faces buried in their phones now, it's not likely that it will be soon where some archaeologist make a film where these cars are appreciated again.

      about 2 months ago
    • Here_We_Go_Again2
      Here_We_Go_Again2 In reply to Ron Schwab

      Ron Schwab,
      Cars nowadays are safer and more fuel-efficient than
      those big cars of the 1950's--1970's.

      Safety, fuel efficiency and the loss of the manufacturing
      middle class (factory managers, designers, etc.) has hurt
      the mid-to-moderate luxury niche market for vehicles.

      The afore-mentioned group as well as the loss of the
      retail ("comfortable" middle class) owners of the Main
      (High) Street has killed the market for the Mercury,
      Oldsmobile, and Pontiac marques.

      about 1 month ago
    • Robert Walker
      Robert Walker

      I’m driving a 2011 ford and this car would be stuck in the mud that those model T s were driving though with no problem.

      about 2 months ago
    • old magician
      old magician


      about 2 months ago
    • Jack Mcgregor
      Jack Mcgregor

      Henry Ford was a stubborn man he thought the model T was all the people was his son Edsel that finally convinced ford that they had to move on to the model A

      about 2 months ago
    • filthbomb

      Before 1929 there were over TWO HUNDRED car companies in the United States...not a single mention of ANY of them

      about 2 months ago
    • Lloyd Tucker
      Lloyd Tucker

      The model T was a _"trail rig"_ 😄

      about 2 months ago
    • Mike Lovin
      Mike Lovin

      Oldsmobile had the assembly line before Ford, I never understood why Ford got the credit for that.

      about 2 months ago
    • Mark Gigiel
      Mark Gigiel

      Watch "The end of Suburbia" next.

      about 3 months ago
    • Matthew Becerra
      Matthew Becerra

      i am learning a lot

      about 3 months ago

      St John 3:16! 💗
      JESUS is coming again SOON! HALLELUJAH!
      Love GOD and love your neighbor to be ready to go back with Him when He returns! Amen! (Thanks ZB Classic Vehicles for calling me back! I'm GLAD JESUS gave me a mini van!) GLORY!

      about 3 months ago
    • Joseph Caprio
      Joseph Caprio

      The name of this piece is '' The History of American Vehicles '' . It's selected history . 
      The documentary is flawed and incomplete .

      about 3 months ago