What is Auto-Archives?

The Auto-Archives Automotive & Motor Sport Library and Research Center, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of the archive is to preserve and document the rich history of the automobile, and provide both a physical and virtual resource for the study of the past, present, and future of the automobile, in all its forms.

Auto-Archives Goal

Our mission is simple, To be a world leader in the archiving of historic automotive and motor racing research materials. Auto-Archives will be a living collection, open to all automotive enthusiasts, car clubs, researchers, and journalists, to view and use the collection, or simply ‘hang-out’ at the club with like-minded people.

From the Blog

Found in the Archive — Scarab Transporter

We came across this very interesting image hidden in our archives. It shows the Scarab race team transporter parked outside the Lotus factory in Cheshunt Hertfordshire. We think the photo was taken in mid 1960 but can't be sure exactly when. The 1959 Fiat truck based Bartoletti transporter was commissioned by Lance Reventlow to ferry his Scarab racecars (first American Formula 1 cars built) around Europe during the 1960 and 1961 seasons and was briefly used by Team Lotus before later passing to the Alan Mann Racing team. The Scarabs didn't have a particularly good season in 1960, and when... Read more

CAR OF THE MONTH – 1957 Byers SR100

With a little of Italian design houses Bertone, Farina, Vignale, and even Touring in this car, it may come as a surprise to learn that the design and execution of the Byers SR-100 is all-American, and in fiberglass. By late 1955 Jim Byers of El Segundo, California had considerable experience in working with the new “wonder-material,” fiberglass, and accordingly, when he decided to go into limited production of a sports car body, he felt that only this material could offer the selling price which most of his po- tential market could afford. Many consider that his Italian-inspired Byers SR-100 that... Read more