Monday, February 15, 2010

Classic Cars: Cruising through the Past

When did cars all start to look alike?  I remember when you could identify a car by its shape, its fins, or its grill.  A friend of mine sent me these photos, and I just had to share them.  I don't remember all of these; how about you?  Are any of them familiar?

1971 Buick Rivera Boattail

1959 Plymouth Fury

1959 Chevrolet Brookwood Stationwagon

1958 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

1956 Ford Sunliner

1955 Nash Rambler Cross Country Wagon

1954 Dodge FireArrow

1954 Buick Wildcat II

1953 Buick Wildcat

1951 Studebaker Champion

1951 Hudson Hornet

1951 Chrysler K310

1951 Buick LeSabre

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

Those were the days when cars had style, and even with so many makes and models, changing every year, the car companies made a profit.

Not only that, you could sit on your front porch and name the makes as the cars drove by;  unlike today. . . .when they all look the same!

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ethelmaepotter! said...

Wow, we actually HAD one of those Nash Rambler station wagons, though I'm pretty sure it was a later model. The Hudson Hornet I recognize only because that was Paul Newman's role in Disney's CARS. And that Chrysler Thunderbolt? For some reason, that thing reminds me of Klaatu, the robot from the original The Day The Earth Stood Still!

My name is PJ. said...

Be still my heart!! Here's a secret: I collect many vintage radios because I don't have room or money to collect vintage cars and the radios capture some of the character of the old days....

Gaston Studio said...

They ALL look familiar to me! Well, except for a couple that are obviously "enhanced". My first car wreck was in that '59 Plymouth!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I agree Eva! Cars used to be something that reflected the owner's personality. Now I'd hate to think they still do the same! (But then again, maybe they do!) My folks had one of those boat tail Old's and she was a beauty! (Would go like stink too!) You likely don't recognize some of those pictured models because a couple were concept cars that never got into production. Cars are kinda my joy and I thank you for the post!

DJan said...

They sure were BOATS back then, weren't they? Some of them look really long and heavy. I love the pink and black convertible, I would drive that today if I could. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane, Eva.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Wow! I honestly don't think I can pick my favorite! I think they're all FANTASTIC! Thanks for the blast from the past, you made me smile!

Have a great week!

glnroz said...

I love old cars. Only two years ago, I sold a 59 chevy pickup (i use in my stories). I took my driving test in that truck at age 14. An older retired fellow wanted to restore it to factory.. so I sold it..

Nezzy said...

WoW, some of those cars looked very familiar to my childhood. They were actually made out of steel and would withstand a crash. Sooo unlike our 'plastic' cars that carry the price of a home today. Thanks for the memories sweet one.

Ya'll have the best week heaped full of rich blessings!!!

Steven Anthony said...

Wow...I would take any of those, especially the wild cat...beautiful!

Hillbilly Duhn said...

You would have just totally gave my BFF a car orgasm...

I love old cars. And you're right, all the new ones look alike nowadays. I miss these classics!

Erin said...

Great cars. I love the Nash Rambler and the Hudson Hornet. Came over from Friday Follows and am now following you

LMJ said...

Wow! You are right!! Now to see a car like that, you have to attend car shows.

I've been to one here in Albuquerque, and I was very impressed.

Kristina P. said...

I have always wanted a 1964 1/2 Cherry Red Ford Mustang. Someday!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Oh yes, I remember some of them. We had a Chevy Brookwood station wagon, but my favorite among these is the pink and black '56 Ford.

Mrsblogalot said...

My God where has all style gone???

Those cars are works of art!!!

Unknown Mami said...

I do wish the cars of today were more distinctive.

Jeanie said...

It was so fun seeing those old cars. I remember many of them and drove a few of them The first car I drove was a 1954 Ford, though I was only 10 or 11 years old and my family had a 1957 Plymouth much like the '59 one you showed, fins and all.

Janiece said...

Those are some amazing cars!
I have something for you at my blog

The Retired One said...

Wow,Eva..I had never seen some of these cars before,even though we have attended some antique car shows...
that one with ONE headlight sure is different!!

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

I would love to have that 1956 Ford Sunliner - that's still a hot looking car!

Eva Gallant said...

ethel: They certainly are amazing.

PJ: Vintage radios are cool; I can see the correlation.

Gaston: Glad you're here to tell us about that crash.

Lucy: Glad you enjoyed it.

DJan: I love that pink and black convertible, too.

AnythingFits: Glad I made you smile; have a good week, too!

Glen: It must have been tough to part with that truck!

Nezzy: Some sure looked familiar to me as well.

Steven: Weren't they all amazing?

Hillbilly: I'm glad I could do that for him...and we've never even met! lol

Erin: Welcome! So glad you are here! I'll pay you a visit soon!

LMJ: Sad, isn't it?

Kristina: Go after your dream, girl!

Blissed: I'm afraid you're not alone in loving that car.

Mrs.Blog: Aren't they, though?

Mami: I do, too. Today's cars all look the same--like they're cut from the same cloth!

Jeanie: What the heck were you doing driving at age 10???

Janeice: Thank you so much for the award!

Retired: As I understand it, some were prototypes that never made it into full production.

gayle said...

I was living (still am) during the time frame of those cars and i don't remember any of them.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hi Eva, Sorry I've been missing in action lately-- I hope all is well with you and the winter weather is taking it easy in your neck of the woods.

My Dad and Grandfather were car salesmen so a lot of those gorgeous automobiles look familiar to me-- What a great trip down memory lane. You are so right, cars today are kinda boring.

I'm off to catch up on your other posts. Have a great week.

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Wow. That was quite a trip down the past. I love vintage cars. And you said it right - the cars in the past had an identity of it's own and you can get the name of the make by just looking at its grills. The cars of new age look more or less the same!

tattytiara said...

There are definitely more models that I have never seen before than there are models I have in this post, and I love looking at classic cars. I really, really wish automotive designers employed that level of creativity again.

blueviolet said...

They really were classy looking weren't they?

injaynesworld said...

I remember so many of these. We had a Hudson and a Rambler station wagon. I had to drive the Rambler to high school and was sooooo embarrassed.

Canadian Blend said...

The Turnpike Cruiser... that's a fine looking auto.

We had a Studebaker when I was in first grade (1966).

Back around 1985 I remember seeing a fine looking classic on the road ahead of me. When I caught up to it I was surprised to find it was an Edsel. I'd never seen one before and had never heard anything good about them. It was sharp.

Tam said...

I love old cars! (I'm a huge Barrett Jackson fan - I could watch it for hours) I'm in the process of throwing a 50th anniversary party for my parents - the picture of them driving away at their wedding in 1960 was in a 1957 Chevy Impala. Now I'm trying to find one to chauffeur them to their party!!