Classic Cars: Part of Our Auto History

When Karl Benz built his Benz Patent-Motorwagen in 1886, he started a revolution in transportation. Twenty years after the debut of Benz's motorwagen, the Ford Model T became the first automobile readily available to the public. Henry Ford's Model T, produced on an assembly line and efficiently fabricated, became the first car readily affordable to middle class consumers. It took off in America and soon replaced the horse and buggy and other animal-driven forms of transport. Ford's Model T, with 16.5 million units sold in its 19 years of production, remains one of the bestselling cars of all time and a favorite at classic car shows around the country.

When Chevrolet unveiled a concept car late in 1953 at the New York Auto Show, it is unlikely they knew they were setting the groundwork for an automobile dynasty that is still going strong today. The car, named Corvette after the sleek, maneuverable war ship, is a favorite among both classic car enthusiasts and racing fans. The 1963 Corvette Stingray came in 16th in Edmonds.com "100 Best Cars of All Time", with three other Corvette models making the final cut, as well. With 60 years and seven generations of automotive innovation under its belt, the Chevrolet Corvette, often simply called the 'Vette' by its admirers, is an American classic.

Today, classic car lovers have it a little easier than they did in years before. With most major colleges across the country offering programs in automotive technology, finding a qualified mechanic is easier. For those interested in expanding their automotive knowledge, those who want to work on their own car, or those who want to start a career in automotive technology, there are many programs to choose from. These programs teach valuable skills such as auto body technology, auto body repair, and management. The following links are only a small sampling of what is available for the car fan who wants to learn more about their passion.

Whether you're looking for a new car, plan on restoring a classic, or just want to know a little more about how the automobile has shaped our world, the links below are filled with information that is sure to help.