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Drive the Bid Podcast: Orphan Cars

Brands that no longer exist, plus new car news and AutoHunter picks


Of course, there are a ton of automobile brands that no longer exist. In fact, there is a famous car show in Ypsilanti, Michigan dedicated to automotive orphans. While the show was a fine place for independents like Hupmobile and Nash to garner the spotlight, today you’ll find Big Three brands like Mercury and Pontiac infiltrating the show field — they’re orphans too, right?

In the fifth episode of Drive the Bid Derek Shiekhi, “Jalopy Jeff” Sutton and I selected some of our favorite orphans and models for discussion, including Studebaker, Saab, Triumph, Panhard and more. Is there an orphan brand that you find interesting?

We also touch on topical automotive news, such as Mercedes-Benz discontinuing the CLS-Class later in 2023, though that doesn’t mean the four-door coupe is disappearing completely. Ram also has announced two super-duper pickups before the hammer drops for EV life. And Mazda’s CX-90 is now starting to hit dealerships, though I went on a rant on Mazda’s complicated trim level methodology.

All this plus our current AutoHunter picks can be seen in the above video from AutoHunter Cinema, created by the experts behind ClassicCars.com, the world’s largest online collector car marketplace. AutoHunter brings forth a dedicated live customer support team, quicker auction listings and exclusive benefits for both buyers and sellers.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.



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