Baseball great Maury Wills scores a new MG

December 6th, 2009

In a season-long battle of ballots, Maury Wills stole a short lead and slid home just ahead of Tommy Davis as the most popular Dodger in an annual event sponsored by Roy Rogers and Frank Millard of Frank Millard Sports Car Center in Encino. Maury was presented a brand new MG roadster for stealing the show. Tommy Davis, as runner up, made a powerful stretch drive and was rewarded by Rickey Biagi with a gift certificate for fifty-two weeks of gourmet dining at his Rickey’s Valley Inn on Sherman Oaks Blvd. Photo dated: October 16, 1962.
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Rainy Day

December 5th, 2009

Series of photos taken on a rainy day in 1967 from inside a Plymouth Valiant.
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1955 Thunderbird Fender Bender

December 4th, 2009

I can’t say I blame her for being upset and given the way the police officer is talking to her it looks like it may have been her fault. I’ve never seen these wheels covers on a 55 Bird. I wonder if these were dealer installed. The Photos were taken in June of 1958 in Los Angeles. Does anyone know the location?

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Hershey Car Show 1962

November 25th, 2009

Interesting look at the Hershey car show when everything shown was pre-war. I wonder if the folks who drove to the show in their modern cars knew they were driving future classics.

Townsend Pontiac-Cadillac 1962

May 1st, 2009

It was happier times for GM and Pontiac in 1962 when these photos were taken at the Townsend Pontiac-Cadillac dealership in 1962, an era when Detroit steel was almost always completely new each Fall. It was always an event to see the new models and if you look closely you can see that even the Sheriff has stopped in for a look.  The stunning new Grand Prix can already has an interested customer. Not a bad choice at all.

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The VW Bus Ball

April 3rd, 2009

Just about everyone knows that the guys in ZZ Top are big car guys. It seems like every time you see them they’re not far from a classic street rod. Well,  the other night my wife had the pleasure of seeing ZZ Top in concert as part of special VH1 concert that was shot here in Chicago. One of the guys she went with is a big art car guy and he mentioned to her that she had to check out the VW Ball owned by ZZ Tops  Billy F Gibbons. What an amazing piece of art!

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Studebaker Scotsman: $1,776 No ups no extras

April 3rd, 2009

Studebaker-Packard was living on borrowed time in the late 50’s. Forced to find niche markets after their earlier attempts to compete with the big three, Studebaker decided to create a car to undercut the value leaders of the time. The result was the Scotsman  (even the name implied  Scottish frugality),  a stripped down version of the Champion that was introduced in May of 1957. Three models were available: The $1,776 two-door sedan, a $1,826 four-door sedan and a $1,995 two-door wagon. The Scotsman was equipped with a 101 hp, 185.6 cubic inch L-head six capable of excelling the Scotsman from 0-60 in a snails pace time of 21 seconds.

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Every expense was spared in the Scotsman. Exterior chrome was on the bumpers only and almost all Champion body trim was removed or painted. Paint colors were Lombard Green, Admiral Blue and Highland Gray, all flat and industrial looking. Utilitarian interiors came with “breathable Naugahyde and pin-grain vinyl” upholstery, fiberboard door panels, no armrests, a single visor and vacuum operated windshield wipers. To top off the features of the Scotsman, turn signals and a basic heater were included.  If you wanted a radio,  whitewalls or a cigarette lighter you would have to look elsewhere. Even the dealers were prohibited from adding these extras.

Helped buy budget conscious buyers during the 1957-1958 recession, the unglamorous Scotsman did enjoy some success for Studebaker but after 1958 the Scotsman name only continued into 1959 as a pickup name.

Mod Top MoPars

March 15th, 2009

Flower power collided with the automotive world in 1969 and 1970 when Mopars could be ordered with the ‘Mop Top’ option. Buyers had the choice of choosing from several floral patterns and colors:

  • Mod-Top with floral interior.
  • Mod-Top without floral interior.
  • Regular vinyl roof with floral interior
  • Convertible Barracuda, with a solid color top, and the floral interior.

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Jim Morrison’s Lost 1967 Shelby GT500

March 7th, 2009

morrisonlkJim Morrison led a life of excess and mystery so it’s only fitting that he drove an extravagant car to match his superabundant personality. It’s also fitting that his Shelby GT500 disappeared in 1969, never to be seen again.

Rumor has it that Electra records bought Jim the Nightmist Blue 1967 Shelby GT500 for the work done on the self titled debut album by The Doors. One story explaining the cars disappearance had Morrison hitting a telephone pole on the way to the Whisky-A-Go-Go. Frustrated, he walked the rest of the way to the club and either never returned to the accident scene or never followed up with the towing company. Another story had him parking the car at Los Angeles International Airport where the car was left for a long period of time while Morrison traveled. Upon his return the car had been towed and sold at public auction.

What does survive is Morrison’s registration card and footage of Morrison driving his Shelby hard through the desert in an experimental film shot in 1969.

Kaufmann Chevrolet 1953

March 2nd, 2009

Kaufmann Chevrolet dealership in New York. Picture was taken in late 1953. You can buy a brand new 1954 Chevrolet sedan for $1,595. I’m holding out for the 55’s though. I hear they’re gonna to be nice.
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