Articles by Robert Batesole
The 1950s and ‘60s were defining decades in the evolution of automotive safety in the United States. Prior to the ‘50s, little thought was given by the industry to passively protecting passengers in the event of a crash. But despite resistance from the American auto industry, safety eventually won out, by popular demand of the U.S. consumer.
Not too long after World War II, the United Kingdom was second only to the United States as the largest builder of cars, and the biggest exporter. Think about the world order in those days: This was before the auto industries of Japan and G …
England lost ownership of many of its storied marques. Jaguar and Land Rover went to Tata Group of India, Rolls-Royce to BMW and venerable Bentley to Volkswagen, the dissolution of the empire not by war but by global economics.
Most of us have become familiar with the sun-drenched scenes of Cuba’s classic automotive transportation. The easing of relations with the United States could at long last herald changes in the fleet of cars on Cuban roads. Here is a little backstory on that history to propel us forward.