David Burrell

David Burrell is the founder and editor of Retroautos.com.au, a free online classic cars magazine. David has a passion for cars and car design. He's also into speedway, which he's been writing about since 1981. His first car was a rusted-out 1961 Vauxhall Velox. Prior to starting the magazine, David worked as an international executive in a Fortune 500 company, in Australia, NZ, Asia, Latin America and the UK.

Edsel was a gigantic flop for Ford

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the Edsel. Conceived in the USA in the mid 50s, the Edsel was supposed to be Ford’s medium priced car with high...

Pretty in pink but women didn’t fall for the Dodge La Femme

Unveiled in 1955, the La Femme was Dodge’s idea of how to appeal to the growing numbers of female drivers and car buyers. It’s one of the earliest examples of...

Suddenly . . . it’s 1960 – best campaign of all time!

‘Suddenly, it’s 1960 . . . ‘ It is 60 years since one of the most evocative automotive advertisements of all time hit the American TV screens and...

Henry Ford sent Hal and his minivan packing

Yikes! It’s hard to believe that Chrysler’s Minivan is now considered a genuine classic. You might not think so, but by any classic car definition the people...

Ford’s Gyron balanced on two wheels

In the 1950s and early 1960s General Motors, Chrysler and Ford raced each other to develop increasingly outlandish dream cars which they claimed we would drive in the...

Big Buick has ‘Electrafying’ effect

There is nothing small about John Gerdtz’s 1978 Buick Electra Park Avenue 225 two-door coupe. So long, so wide and so white is this Buick that it is probably visible...

Voyage to the bottom of the sea for Chrysler concept

The Chrysler Norseman was the concept car that never was. It now lies at the bottom of the ocean inside the wreck of a sunken ocean liner off the coast of Massachusetts,...

Car with no steering wheel and a story to tell

Tucked away in a corner of the Henry Ford Museum is one of the most significant cars of the 20th century. A large green car it is parked among many better known,...

Bet you missed national ‘revhead’ day?

It was National Motoring Heritage Day on Sunday, May 21. Oh, you missed it? We’re not surprised – it’s a well kept secret. The original idea was to...

How the car came to be called a car

We explore how the word “car” came about