We've been looking for an old car to supplement The Red Van to cruise Old Route 66 -- which we live quite near. There are plenty of geezers in this area who get themselves an old car to go cruising in on balmy weekends or to show off at the plaza in town. As I pore through the listings online, a whole lot of vehicles catch my eye and many are cars I remember intimately from when I was a child.
Perhaps my mother's closest friend when I was little was the widow of the local Buick dealer, and her car was one of my favorites. Of course it was a Buick, a 1941 black Roadmaster, quite an impressive automobile, and surprisingly not showing any age to speak of by the early 1950's when I was driven around in it from time to time.
It was much like this one:
|1941 Buick Roadmaster (via Wikimedia Commons)|
This was the model, however:
|1942 Packard Clipper|
Finally, in 1951, we got a new car, actually a slightly used one, a 1950 Plymouth De Luxe like this one:
Next, we got a 1957 Ford Fairlane, purchased new in Los Angeles (the name of the dealer escapes me now, but I recalled it not so very long ago, could even visualize the salesman...) It was something like this (it was tan, but it was a fordor):
|1957 Ford Fairlane models from brochure|
It was the first car I actually drove myself, not very well to be sure. It was foreign and small, and difficult to service, so we got rid of it pretty quickly.
The Hillman was followed by a 1961 Ford Galaxie. It was huge. Domestic. Black with a red interior. And it was considered very sharp in those days:
|1961 Ford Galaxie from brochure|
|1965 Green Mustang|
Except he painted it gold, which I never liked. The car was a really nice turquoise with a red leather interior when I bought it. The top was cream color. As I recall, the power equipment (seat, top, windows, windshield wipers) was all pretty wheezy, but the radio worked!
Though I didn't approve of the color he had it painted, he loved the car and eventually sold it for a pretty penny.
The next car I bought was a 1951 Buick Roadmaster, a car I enjoyed enormously, drove everywhere, and I would love to find another one like it. I think I paid $150 for it and I sold it for the same price several years later.
|1951 Buick Roadmaster|
|1958 Cadillac 60 Special|
The last car we had (donated it to charity before The Big Move) was a Pontiac; we brought The Red Van out to New Mexico where it has been many times before, and it has been reliable transportation through the fall and winter, but now that spring is coming on, the hunt for a cruising car is underway.
Frivolous, I know!