Public Domain Movies

Henry Ford's Mirror of America (1962)
Running Time: 36 mins Black & White

Henry Ford's Mirror of America 1962 Compilation of images and sequences from the Ford Film Collection, with excellent footage of United States history, culture, industry and daily life between about 1915 and 1930. Highlights include Coney Island, the increasing pervasiveness of the automobile in American life, and early manufacturing footage.

Ingenuity In Action - NHRA Hot Rod Film (1959)
Running Time: 27 mins Color

Made for hot rod fans; explains how to prepare and enter a car show; also serves as an ethnographic account of the "nomadic tribe of hotrodders"

Keep This Under Your Hood (1940)
Black & White

Publicity film by the Ford Motor Company that mixes live action and animation to tell the inside story about Ford parts and service. .

Studebaker Wheel Sense (1948)
Running Time: 20 mins Black & White
Starring: Marvin Rothenberg
The Studebaker Corporation Ceased Auto Production in 1966, it's varied assets were sold to Wagner Electric in 1967

Styling and the Experimental Car (1964)
Running Time: 17 mins Black & White

A film about the process of designing a new car. In this case, the Ford Mustang. Shows off various other concept / prototype cars.

The Cadillac Years (1959)
Running Time: 17 mins Black & White

A history of the Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors. The company was formed from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company. After a dispute between Henry Ford and his investors, Ford left the company along with several of his key partners in March 1902. Ford's financial backer William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen, called in engineer Henry M. Leland of Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Company to appraise the plant and equipment in preparation for a liquidation of the company's assets. Instead of offering an appraisal, Leland persuaded Murphy and Bowen to continue manufacturing automobiles using Leland's proven single-cylinder engine. A new company called the Cadillac Automobile Company was established on 22 August 1902. The company was named after French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1701. General Motors purchased the company in 1909. Cadillac had laid the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles by demonstrating the complete interchangeability of its precision parts while simultaneously establishing itself as one of America's premier luxury cars. Cadillac introduced technological advances, including full electrical systems, the clashless manual transmission and the steel roof.