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CLASSIC CARS VANS TRUCKS AND CONVERTABLES

New topic about cars you may have owned or you family members had in the past. You should be able to download a photo if you choose to post on this topic.

Classic car, a 1950 Chevrolet De Luxe

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1957 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman 2-Door Hardtop

In the fall of 1956, Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” for the entire Chrysler Corporation caused a stir among designers around the world and a number of competitors launched crash-programs to in their concept studios to come up with new looks for their now outdated automobiles. Probably the most dramatic presentation of this new school of design was in the 1957 De Soto line, which shared platforms with the lower priced Dodge and Plymouth vehicles, as well as the luxury Chrysler lineup.

 

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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car that was introduced by Chevrolet in September 1956 for the 1957 model year. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range Two-Ten, and the One-Fifty. A two-door station wagon, the Nomad, was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the Delray was available for Two-Ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car's image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies, and television. The '57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon.

 

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The 1965 Mustangs - A Highly Anticipated Sequel

As is typical with car release dates, the 65 Mustangs were introduced in September of the previous year. What was not so typical was the fact that Ford had just released a 1965 Mustang version six months prior, in April of the same year. Thus, the earlier pace car version is still known as the 64 1/2, whereas the 1965 Ford Mustang version is known as the late model '65 Mustang. It can get a bit confusing, but hopefully we've clarified it for you.

 

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1957 Ford Thunderbird Classic Cars 

Lifting the Thunderbird’s hood reveals its D-Code 312ci V8 that produces 245hp. That power finds its way to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission, with this combination allowing the Ford to cover the ¼ mile in 16.4 seconds. For buyers seeking a turnkey classic, this car might hit the spot. The seller indicates that it runs and drives well, and the transmission shifted smoothly. 

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This is a very special car in my life in that one of them was owned by the older brother of one of my best friends in high school. It was the envy of several of the students at my high school. 

 

The Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is a two-door full-size retractable hardtop convertible, manufactured and marketed by Ford Motor Company for model years 1957–1959. For the model year 1959, the name changed to Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner shortly after production began (also illustrated as such in the brochure but described only as "Galaxy" in the related text.). The retractable roof mechanism, marketed as the "Hide-Away Hardtop", [2] was unique to Ford-branded products, and was not offered on ContinentalLincolnMercury, or Edsel branded vehicles. A total of 48,394 were manufactured.

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1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable Hardtop.

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1953 Kaiser Manhattan 4 Dr Sedan

A classic car is an older car, typically 25 years or older, though definitions vary. The common theme is of an older car of historical interest to be collectible and tend to be restored rather than scrapped. Classic cars are a subset of a broader category of "collector cars".

The 1953 Kaiser Manhattan was offered as a four-door sedan with seating for six and priced at $2,650. The two-door club sedan was priced at $2,600 and the Traveler Utility Sedan listed at $2,750. Approximately 2,342 examples were club sedans and 18,603 were sedans. The circa-20,945 examples of the Manhattan accounted for approximately sixty-seven percent of Kaiser's total production in 1953.

 

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The Volkswagen Beetle—officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in German der Käfer (meaning "beetle"), in parts of the English-speaking world the Bug,[7] and known by many other nicknames in other languages—is a two-door, rear-engine economy car, intended for five occupants (later, Beetles were restricted to four people in some countries),

that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.

I'm sure there are many here that owned a VW Type 1 during your younger years. It was a very popular vehicle among US military personnel when I was stationed in Germany in 1969. It was very easy to maintain. There were old junkers available in the back lots of most Kasernes to rob parts from.

There were many " Bugs " on campus when I was in college during the mid 1960s. 

How about you? Was there a beetle in your life?

 

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For the 1966 model year, the first for the Bronco, the Blue Oval produced 23,776 units at the Michigan Assembly Plant.

It seemed that during the 1960s, the late Lee Iacocca had the golden touch. After the monumental success of the Mustang, he gave product approval for the first Ford Bronco, and the model repaid his faith by becoming an initial sales success.

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Who had a fun ride like this?

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@DaveMcK   Loved that first gen Bronco

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1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 352 engine 2-door hardtop

 

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Plymouth Fury 4-Door Hardtop 318 V8 230hp

The 1964 Plymouth models were great sellers for the Chrysler Corporation, creating huge profits and moving the nameplate from fifth to fourth place overall among US auto brands.

I always thought that the 1964 Plymouth models were great looking designs and very popular among auto racing fans. Their high performance also led to great success on the track.

 

We purchased one like the one in the photos from my folks in the Spring of 1967 when I graduated from college. 

When I was drafted it worked out well for

Mary now had a car to get around in her Senior year of college and do her practice teaching for her teaching degree.

 

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1957 Chevrolet bel air custom convertible.

 

The Chevrolet Bel Air, especially its third generation design, has been considered an icon of the 1950s. Well-maintained and preserved examples are highly sought after by car collectors and enthusiasts.

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1958 Chevrolet Corvette 556Hp. Did you ever have or dream of owning a hot sports car.

 

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556 HP?  In 1958?  Awesome.

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1954 Chevrolet 210 Handyman Station Wagon.

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1949 Willys-Overland Jeep Pickup.

There was one of these at the Quarry I worked at during summers while I was In high school and college.

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1969 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback. I ordered one of these while Mary and I were in Germany. It was our first new car that we owned.

 

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1959 Plymouth Fury 4 Door.

Chrysler had new cars in the pipeline, cars that were going to leapfrog everyone else’s in the industry. They’d have new engines (including the legendary 392 Hemi), new transmissions (the equally legendary Torqueflite), new suspensions (front torsion bars) and new bodies. These cars would be new from road to roof–and oh yes, Chrysler would accomplish all this in two years instead of the usual three.

 

One of my dad's favorite cars! I put it to the test a couple of times. It had a very good 0 to 60 time on the HYW 73 hill. Also got it in a drag race one Prom night which it won easily. The other car was a Chevrolet Impala.  

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1956 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE STATION WAGON.

This is like the station wagon that I learned how to drive in 1961. The colors are the same as the one in the attached photo.

 

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 Nice. 1971 Oldsmobile 442.1971 Oldsmobile 442.

 

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Also loved the Olds 442...like this 1971 ....which was the beginning of the end of performance – for the 442 and every other muscle car, as well....with GM’s new requirement that all engines run unleaded gas

Despite the falling sales numbers, Oldsmobile could take comfort in the fact that sales of every other muscle car were also in decline for the year. In addition, the 442 was still seen as one of the best muscle cars on the road due to its combination of performance and drivability. Motor Trend praised the car at the time by saying that, “There’s always been something special about 4-4-2s. They seemed to be the subtle man’s GTO…” as the original 442 was inspired by the GTO. It never had the sales number of that car (or, indeed, most of the muscle cars), but it also had staying power. In fact, it would be the only muscle car that would survive into the 1980s.

Take care ☮️~Allen

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