“The most complete car encyclopedia” database:
The database was completed early in 2013, after a long process, started in 1991, with a continuous daily work, totaling more than 50.000 hours.
Since 2013, I have started publishing “The most complete car encyclopedia” as a book series, but after just a few volumes, the feedback received pushed me into transforming it into a website, which is a lot cheaper for the car enthusiasts and easier to upgrade.
Each of the 20.000 car brand has it’s information text and each of the 100.000 car models have besides a complete gallery an information text and car specifications
We have started uploading the database on the website, since 2014 and since late March 2015 we started uploading brands and models, on daily basis. This process will last few years until all the database from the computer is uploaded on the online server. After that, the database will be kept up to date, with all the new brands and models emerging on the market.
All the brands are sorted in alphabetical order, starting from A to Z.
-the car encyclopedia refers to car brands not to car manufacturers, as the models of a car brands can be manufactured by different car companies.
-the car encyclopedia includes both car manufacturers or self-built cars
-car replicas are included only if the cars were built and sold using a brand or model name different from the one of the original model
-cars build by modifying a series production car, are listed only if they have a proper brand and model name and the design transformation made them recognizable as a new car. Otherwise they are listed in tuner car section.
-mock-ups, designs , military and specialty vehicles (like golf carts, sightseeing buses, funeral vehicles) are not included
-three-wheelers and quads are included only if they have a steering wheel or a steering mechanism different from the one of the motorcycles
-generally, the brands country refers to the country where it’s headquarter is located
-many times, a car brand changed it’s name several times during the history. Each name is listed as a separate brand. However, when a car brand changes it’s company name or it’s owner, while the brand name remains unchanged, the brand has continuity and is listed as a single one.\
-the only situation when two brand names are listed together is when two brand names are used for virtually the same brand, with exactly the same model lineup or chronology and the company used one name for the domestic market while the other was used for export market, as in : VAAZ/Lada; Zastava /Yugo
Inside each brand, the models are structured in 5 different categories:
1. series production models
(Structured in chronological order. Each generation of a model is presented separately)
- these are the models built in large, medium or small series or as a self-built cars, and refers to the cars that were commercially available
- a car model is listed to all the brands that it was sold under, no matter who manufactured the model. There are numerous cases when the same model was sold under many different brands.(Example: Saab 9-2x is a rebaged Subaru Impreza)
-many times the models have different names in different markets. In the model list, the name of the home or main market is listed. All the other names are listed inside the model presentation with the country or geographical area mentioned.
- some model names are used by the same car brands for totally different cars. For example the US market Honda Accord is a totally different model from the EU-Spec or Japan-Spec Honda Accord. For the models sold in the home market there is no country or geographical area listed. For the models that are not sold in the home (or main) market of the brand, the country or geographical area is listed. (Example: Acura EL (Canada) )
- sometimes a model is sold in the same from on different markets but through the time they have different evolutions including different facelifts on different markets. In this second scenario they are presented separately.
2. concepts and prototypes
(Structured in chronological order.)
-this section refers to all the concept cars and prototypes, built by car companies, coachbuilders, design studios or third party companies.
3. race cars
(Structured in chronological order. Includes: single-seater racers, like Formula One, Formula 3000, Indy Car, etc)
-this section refers to all the official or semi-official race cars. There are also included some third-party developed race-cars, which were very successful or deserve thir spot in the brand’s history.
-the section includes all types of race cars, based on production models or not.
-in general, each evolution of a race car model, is presented separately, with some exceptions, where important facts in the history imposed it’s description as a whole.
4. coachbuilt models
(Structured in chronological order.)
-this section refers to the cars built by Coachbuilders, which offered special bodies for the series production car or chassis.
5. tuned models
(Structured in alphabetical followed by chronological order.)
-this section refers to the cars built by tuners with or without the agreement of the car manufacturer.
Each brand has it’s information text and each car have besides a complete gallery an information text and car specifications.
Besides my own work, there are also few free will contributors for completing missing information or giving free, own made photos.
Michael Rosenberg (United States)
Jose Geraldo de Azevedo Pires Bareto Fonseca (Brazil)