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    • Ala Kart (custom car)

    • Ala Kart is a custom car, a customized 1929 Ford Model A roadster pickup, built by George Barris, Richard Peters, and Mike "Blackie" Gejeian in 1957. Originally owned by Peters, it is a two-time winner of the Grand National Roadster Show "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" (AMBR) trophy (1958 and 1959) and Hot Rod cove ... Read »


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    • Alloy wheel

    • Alloy wheels are wheels that are made from an alloy of aluminium or magnesium. Alloys are mixtures of a metal and other elements. They generally provide greater strength over pure metals, which are usually much softer and more ductile. Alloys of aluminium or magnesium are typically lighter for the same strength, provid ... Read »


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    • Automotive molding

    • Automotive molding or car body molding are decorative and protective moldings on the car body. The term applies both to the detail and the material. Car moldings include side body molding, lower body molding, door moldings, window moldings, footrest molding,mudflaps, etc. They are often found in services in associatio ... Read »


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    • Barchetta

    • A barchetta (Italian pronunciation: [barˈketta], "little boat" in Italian) was originally an Italian style of open two-seater sports car which was built for racing. Weight and wind resistance were kept to a minimum, and any unnecessary equipment or decoration were sacrificed in order to maximize performance. Alt ... Read »


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    • Beltline (automotive)

    • The term "beltline" refers to a demarcation between a vehicles body panels and the side windows on an automobile. This definition is found on all cars, regardless of vehicle body style. Some vehicles are styled to emphasize the "beltline" while other vehicles adhere to the point where the vehicles side metalwork ends a ... Read »


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    • Bottom breather

    • A bottom breather is a front-engine automobile that takes in air from below the front fascia (nose) rather than through a conventional grille at the front of the vehicle. This styling can provide a more aerodynamic front end, or the appearance of better aerodynamics, or the look of a rear-engined sports car such as the ... Read »


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    • Cab forward

    • The term cab forward refers to various rail and road vehicle designs that place the driver's compartment substantially farther towards the front than is common practice. In steam locomotive design, a cab forward design will typically have the driver's compartment (or cab) placed forward of the boiler at the very f ... Read »


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    • Cab over

    • Cab over

      Cab-over, also known as Cab Over Engine (COE), cab forward (U.S.), or forward control (UK), is a body style of truck, bus, or van that has a vertical front, "flat face" or a semi-hood, with the cab of the truck sitting above (or forward of) the front axle. This contrasts with a conventional truck where the engine is mo ... Read »


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    • The California Kid (custom car)

    • The California Kid is a customized 1934 Ford three-window coupé built by Pete Chapouris. The '34 was on the cover of Custom Rod in November 1973, along with a similar coupé built by Jim Jacobs. It attracted the attention of television producer Howie Horowitz, who wanted it for a TV movie, "The California Kid". ... Read »


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    • Car tailfin

    • The tailfin era of automobile styling encompassed the 1950s and 1960s, peaking between 1957 and 1961. It was a style that spread worldwide, as car designers picked up styling trends from the US automobile industry, where it was regarded as the "golden age" of American auto design. General Motors design chief Harley Ea ... Read »


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    • Center cap

    • A center cap, or centercap is a decorative disk on an automobile wheel that covers a central portion of the wheel. Early center caps for automobiles were small and primarily served the purpose of keeping dirt away from the spindle nut and wheel bearings of vehicles. Center caps are often found on new cars to hide the l ... Read »


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    • Chrome plating

    • Chrome plating (less commonly chromium plating), often referred to simply as chrome, is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal object. The chromed layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, ease cleaning procedures, or increase surface hardness. Sometimes a less expensive imitat ... Read »


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    • Coke bottle styling

    • Coke bottle styling is any automotive body styling that bears an overall body shape resembling the classic glass Coca-Cola soft drink's contour bottle design when viewed in profile. It is a style of automobile bodies with outward curving fenders with a narrow center. In contrast to "straight-edge" designs, automobiles ... Read »


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    • Comstar wheel

    • Comstar wheel

      The Comstar wheel, sometimes referred to as Com-stars or stylised as ComStar, was a composite motorcycle wheel that Honda fitted to many of its motorcycles from 1977 to the mid 1980s. Its design allowed it the option of being fitted with tubeless tyres and its use on the Honda CX500 was the first time tubeless tyres ha ... Read »


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    • Continental tire

    • A Continental tire is an upright, external, mounted spare tire behind an automobile's trunk compartment. The term also describes a non-functional bulge that is stamped into the trunk lid or a cosmetic accessory to the rear of the car giving the impression of a spare tire mount. The pre-mounted spare tire and wheel ... Read »


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    • Convertible

    • A convertible or cabriolet is an automobile body style that can convert between an open-air mode and an enclosed one, varying in degree and means by model. Convertibles evolved from the earlier phaeton, an open vehicle without glass side windows that sometimes had removable panels of fabric or other material for protec ... Read »


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    • Custom car

    • A custom car is a passenger vehicle that has been substantially modified in either of the following two ways Although the two are related, custom cars are distinct from hot rods. The extent of this difference has been the subject of debate among customizers and rodders for decades. Additionally, a street rod can be co ... Read »


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    • Dagmar bumpers

    • http://www.newstalgiamotors.com/carsdb/1961%20Chevrolet%20Impala%20SS%202-Door%20Sedan# Dagmar bumpers is a slang term for chrome conical shaped styling elements which began to appear on the front bumper/grille assemblies of certain American automobiles following World War II. They reached their peak in the mid-1950s. ... Read »


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    • Deora (custom car)

    • Dodge (Chrysler) The Deora is a 1965 Dodge A100 pickup truck that was heavily customized by Mike and Larry Alexander in Detroit for the 1967 Detroit Autorama. After winning many awards, including the highly-prestigious Ridler in 1967, it became the prototype for a Hot Wheels car, and plastic model kit. It was sold at ... Read »


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    • Downsize (automobile)

    • Downsizing in the automobile industry is the practice of redesigning a vehicle to retain the interior volume, and often the nameplate and styling of a larger car to a smaller, more efficient platform. It was common in the 1970s following the 1973 oil crisis. General Motors was among the first to announce a downsize st ... Read »


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    • Econobox

    • An econobox is a United States pejorative slang term for any of a series of small, boxy, fuel-efficient economy cars with few luxuries and a low sticker price. Econobox mostly denotes a stripped out, poverty specification, built down to a price, entry level version of a conventional car of the era, such as the 1950s St ... Read »


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    • Fastback

    • A fastback is a car body style whose roofline slopes continuously down at the back. It is a form of back for an automobile body consisting of a single convex curve from the top to the rear bumper. This automotive design element "relates to an interest in streamlining and aerodynamics, and has gone in and out of fashion ... Read »


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    • Forward Look

    • Forward Look was a design theme employed by Virgil Exner in styling the 1955 through 1961 Chrysler Corporation vehicles. When Exner joined Chrysler, the company's vehicles were being fashioned by engineers instead of designers, and so were considered outmoded, unstylish designs. Exner fought to change this structuring ... Read »


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    • Greenhouse (car)

    • The greenhouse (or glasshouse) of a car comprises the windshield, rear and side windows, the pillars separating them (designated A-pillar, B-pillar and so on, starting from the car's front), and the car's roof. The shape and position of the greenhouse have a defining influence on the looks of the car and are a prime f ... Read »


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    • Grille (car)

    • In automotive engineering, a grille covers an opening in the body of a vehicle to allow air to enter. Most vehicles feature a grille at the front of the vehicle to protect the radiator and engine. Merriam-Webster describes grilles as "a grating forming a barrier or screen; especially: an ornamental one at the front end ... Read »


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    • H-point

    • The H-point (or hip-point) is the theoretical, relative location of an occupant's hip: specifically the pivot point between the torso and upper leg portions of the body — as used in vehicle design, automotive design and vehicle regulation. The H-point can be measured relative to other features, e.g. h-point to veh ... Read »


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    • Hidden headlamp

    • Hidden headlamps, also commonly known as pop-up headlamps, hideaway headlights or just headlights, are a form of automotive lighting and an automotive styling feature that conceals an automobile's headlamps when they are not in use. Depending on the design, the headlamps may be mounted in a housing that rotates so as ... Read »


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    • Hofmeister kink

    • The Hofmeister kink (sometimes also translated Hofmeister kick, German: Hofmeister-Knick) is an automotive design feature seen on modern BMWs and automobiles by other manufacturers. The feature consists of a low forward bend at the C-pillar or D-pillar in the case of touring vehicles or SUVs. It is named for Wilhelm Ho ... Read »


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    • Hood scoop

    • A bonnet/hood scoop, sometimes called bonnet airdam/air dam, is an upraised component on the hood of an motor vehicle that either allows a flow of air to directly enter the engine compartment, or appears to do so. It has only one opening and is closed on all other sides. Its main function is to allow a direct flow of a ... Read »


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    • Hubcap

    • A hubcap, rim, wheel cover or wheel trim is a decorative disk on an automobile wheel that covers at least a central portion of the wheel, called the hub. An automobile hubcap is used to cover the wheel hub and the wheel fasteners to reduce the accumulation of dirt and moisture. It also has the function of decorating ... Read »


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    • Kammback

    • A Kammback is a car body style that derives from the research of the German aerodynamicist Wunibald Kamm in the 1930s. The design calls for a body with smooth contours that continues to a tail that is abruptly cut off. This shape reduces the drag of the vehicle. "Kammback" is an American term. In Europe the design is ... Read »


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    • Kustom (cars)

    • Kustoms are modified cars from the 1930s to the early 1960s, done in the customizing styles of that time period. The usage of a "K" for "Kustom" rather than a "C", is believed to have originated with George Barris. This style generally consists of, but is not limited to, starting with a 2-door coupe and making cha ... Read »


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    • Landyacht

    • A landyacht is a term used to describe luxurious recreational vehicles and is an informal term for large automobiles. Other descriptors of these cars include 'slab', 'luxobarge', 'lead sled', or 'yank tank'. These terms refer to the largest full-sized cars made by U.S. and German auto manufacturers from the 1950s throu ... Read »


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    • Lead sled

    • In automotive usage, a lead sled is a standard production automobile with a body heavily modified in particular ways (see below); especially, though not exclusively, a 1949, 1950 or 1951 model year Ford or Mercury car. Auto body repair used to be achieved through the application of molten lead to damaged body panels, a ... Read »


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    • List of longest consumer road vehicles

    • The following is a list of the longest passenger vehicles of any global marque currently sold. The list includes light trucks as many SUV and other light-trucks rank among the world's longest passenger vehicles. Vehicles are listed according to body style below the main table which includes all body styles. Note: ... Read »


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    • Lowrider

    • A lowrider (sometimes low rider) is a class or style of customized vehicle. Distinct from a regular lowered vehicle, these uniquely-customized vehicles are generally individually painted with intricate, colorful designs, ridden on 13-inch wire-spoke wheels with whitewall tires, and fitted with hydraulic systems that al ... Read »


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    • Modular vehicle

    • A modular vehicle is one in which substantial components of the vehicle are interchangeable. This modularity is intended to make repairs and maintenance easier, or to allow the vehicle to be reconfigured to suit different functions. Another application of modular vehicle design is to enable the exchange of batteries i ... Read »


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    • Opera window

    • Opera windows are small porthole sized side windows in the C-pillar of some cars. Typically offered in unison with a vinyl roof, they were a very common design feature of American automobiles during the 1970s. The design "... would prove to be very popular, indicated by its imitation by almost every domestic manufactur ... Read »


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    • Personal luxury car

    • A personal luxury car is an American car classification describing a highly styled, mass produced, luxury vehicle with an emphasis on image over practicality. Accenting the comfort and satisfaction of its owner and driver above all else, the personal luxury car sometimes sacrifices passenger capacity, cargo room, and f ... Read »


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    • Pillar (car)

    • Pillars are the vertical or near vertical supports of a car's window area or greenhouse—designated respectively as the A, B, C or (in larger cars) D-pillar, moving from the front to rear, in profile view. The consistent alphabetical designation of a car's pillars provides a common reference for design discussion ... Read »


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    • Ponton (car)

    • Ponton or pontoon styling refers to a 1930s–1960s design genre—ultimately the precursor of modern automotive styling. The trend emerged as bodywork began to enclose the full width and uninterrupted length of a car, incorporating previously distinct running boards and fully articulated fenders. The fenders of ... Read »


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    • Quarter glass

    • Quarter glass or quarter light on automobiles and closed carriages may be a side window in the front door or located on each side of the car just forward of the rear window of the vehicle. Only some cars have them. In some cases the fixed quarter glass may set in the corner or "C-pillar" of the vehicle. Quarter glass i ... Read »


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    • Racing stripe

    • Racing stripes, also called Le Mans stripes, were applied to racecars to help identify them in the field during races. Racing stripes were applied to the Cunningham team's racecars beginning in 1951. Usually two parallel blue stripes running from front to rear in the centre of the white body, they helped spectator ... Read »


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    • Rallye rim

    • A Rallye rim (or Rally wheel) is a term used in automotive design for optional race car inspired wheels. These wheels would have the appearance of the strong and lightweight wheels of a race car. Although less commonly used today the rallye rim was a popular option available in the muscle car era. ... Read »


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    • The Red Baron (custom car)

    • The Red Baron was a custom t-bucket hot rod built in 1969. The project was designed by Tom Daniel and built by Chuck Miller at Styline Customs. It later became a Hot Wheels car. ... Read »


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    • Retractable hardtop

    • A retractable hardtop, also known as coupé convertible or coupé cabriolet, employs an automatically operated, multi-part, self-storing hardtop in lieu of a folding textile-based roof. Documentation indicates that an American engineer Ben P. Ellerbeck explored the idea of a retractable hardtop as early as 1919 â ... Read »


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    • Rim (wheel)

    • The rim is the "outer edge of a wheel, holding the tire". It makes up the outer circular design of the wheel on which the inside edge of the tire is mounted on vehicles such as automobiles. For example, on a bicycle wheel the rim is a large hoop attached to the outer ends of the spokes of the wheel that holds the tire ... Read »


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    • Saab hockey stick

    • The hockey stick is an automotive design feature seen on nearly all Saab automobiles. It is a C-pillar curve from the base of the rear passenger window that resembles the shape of an ice hockey stick or the Nike swoosh symbol. The distinctive design cue first appeared on the Saab 92 and was kept in the Saab 93 and Saa ... Read »


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    • Shaker scoop

    • A shaker scoop (sometimes called a shaker hood scoop or a shaker hood) is an automobile term for an air intake for combustion air that is mounted directly on top of the engine's air cleaner and protrudes through a hole in the hood. Since it is fastened directly to the engine, it moves with the engine's movement and vib ... Read »


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    • Single bow

    • Single bow is a term used in car design. (In the UK often called "straight through".) Cars were traditionally fitted with two wheel arcs, one over the front wheel and one over the rear wheel. This traditional style from horse carriages was adapted by motor-cars in double bow designs. The single bow design appeared in ... Read »


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    • Spare tire

    • A spare tire or spare tyre (or stepney) is an additional tire (or tyre - see spelling differences) carried in a motor vehicle as a replacement for one that goes flat, a blowout, or other emergency. Spare tire is generally a misnomer, as almost all vehicles actually carry an entire wheel with a tire mounted on it as a s ... Read »


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    • Special paint schemes on racing cars

    • Special paint schemes are one-time or limited time variations on a race car's typical appearance. Their use has historically been largely confined to NASCAR racing, partially due to the much larger surface area of a stock car, and longer season, but have entered the IndyCar in a limited fashion. NASCAR's increased med ... Read »


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    • Spinner (wheel)

    • The spinner on automobile wheels historically refers to knock-off hubs or center caps. They may be the actual, or intended to simulate, the design used on antique vehicles or vintage sports cars. A "spinner wheel" in contemporary usage is a type of hubcap or inner wheel ornament, that spins independently inside of a wh ... Read »


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    • Spoiler (car)

    • A spoiler is an automotive aerodynamic device whose intended design function is to 'spoil' unfavorable air movement across a body of a vehicle in motion, usually described as turbulence or drag. Spoilers on the front of a vehicle are often called air dams. Spoilers are often fitted to race and high-performance sports c ... Read »


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    • Streamliner

    • A streamliner is a vehicle incorporating in a shape providing reduced air resistance. The term is applied to high-speed railway trainsets of the 1930s to 1950s, and to their successor "bullet trains". Less commonly, the term is applied to fully faired recumbent bicycles. As part of the Streamline Moderne trend, the te ... Read »


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    • Suicide door

    • A "suicide door" is the slang term for an automobile door hinged at its rear rather than the front. Such doors were originally used on horse-drawn carriages, but are rarely found on modern vehicles due primarily to safety concerns. Popularized in the custom car trade, the term is avoided by major automobile manufactur ... Read »


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    • Sunroof

    • An automotive sunroof is a fixed or operable (venting or sliding) opening in an automobile roof which allows light and/or fresh air to enter the passenger compartment. Sunroofs are either manually operated or motor driven, and are available in many shapes, sizes and styles. Sunroofs, by historical definition are opaqu ... Read »


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    • Swaging

    • Swaging (/ˈsweɪdʒ/) is a forging process in which the dimensions of an item are altered using dies into which the item is forced. Swaging is usually a cold working process; however, it is sometimes done as a hot working process. The term swage can apply to the process of swaging (verb), or to a die or tool us ... Read »


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    • Targa top

    • Targa top, targa for short, is a semi-convertible car body style with a removable roof section and a full width roll bar behind the seats. The term was first used on the 1966 Porsche 911 Targa, and it remains a registered trademark of Porsche AG. The rear window is normally fixed, but on some targa models, it is remov ... Read »


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    • Vinyl roof

    • Vinyl roof refers to a vinyl covering for an automobile's top. This covering was originally designed to give the appearance of a convertible to models with a fixed roof, but eventually it evolved into a styling statement in its own right. Vinyl roofs were most popular in the American market, and they are considered on ... Read »


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    • Virtual tuning

    • Virtual tuning, colloquially known as 'chopping' or 'VTuning', is the 2D graphical modification of automobiles, with the use of raster graphics editing software. Modifications such as aerodynamic and after market body-kits, wheels, front mount inter-coolers and carbon fibre body panels, as well as interior or race car ... Read »


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    • Vogue Tyre

    • Vogue Tyre and Rubber Co.

      Vogue Tyre and Rubber Co., also known as Vogue Tyre, is an American company providing custom luxury tires, wheels, and car accessories. The company was founded in 1914 in Chicago, Illinois by Harry Hower and then in 1940, sold to Lloyd O. Dodson who remained its chairman until his death in March 1996. Vogue Tyre invent ... Read »


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    • Whitewall tire

    • Whitewall tires or white sidewall (WSW) tires are tires having a stripe or entire sidewall of white rubber. These tires were most commonly used from the early 1900s to around the mid 1970s. The use of whitewall rubber for wheels has been traced to a small tire company in Chicago called Vogue Tyre and Rubber Co tha ... Read »


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