Heaven on Wheels

GM is expected to file for bankruptcy today, but there was a time when Detroit was booming and the American automobile reigned supreme. VIEW OUR GALLERY of classic American car culture.

05.31.09 7:13 AM ET

Long before the days of Michael Moore documentaries and bankruptcy for GM, Detroit was a booming one-industry town, and Americans were in love with the automobile. Children raced model cars in the street, celebrities and presidents proudly waved with the top down, and Henry Ford was considered American royalty. But at least one thing will never change: Women always look fabulous on the hood of a car. Here’s a drive down memory lane.

Click Here to View Our Gallery of Classic American Automobile Culture.


Rachel is a photographer and writer who recently left her blogging post at Photoshelter's Shoot! The Blog. Previous to that she worked as a photo editor at, Rolling Stone online, and Radar, among others. Her work can be seen at