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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Half-Hour History of Four-Wheel Drive Cars

Posted December 14, 2009 1:33 PM by dstrohl

It was a stretch for Jan P. Norbye to suggest that, with the AMC Eagle exploring production of four-wheel-drive (4WD) passenger-cars for use on American roads, that an avalanche of four-wheel-drive autos would soon be forthcoming. But the purpose of his article in SIA #59, October 1980, was not to look forward. Instead, its brief history of four-wheel-drive cars – most of them built for racing – surveys everything from the Spyker of 1902 up through the Eagle, and includes some interesting tidbits that require a little more digging on our part (four-wheel-drive Mustangs? the 1972 GKN FFF Hemi-powered Ferguson four-wheel-drive car?)

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12/14/2009 2:06 PM

When you reach the Hemmings web site, remember to click on the images of the pages of the magazine to see Jan P. Norbye's story.

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