Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Defeat is a bitter pill

The utter humiliation of defeat

I once rode with George as he dragged-raced on Telegraph Rd, Trenton, Michigan. He drove his Chevelle SS 327 (327 cubic inches). He had won all his races when a man driving a decrepit Studebaker challenged us.

The Studebaker shot away from the green light, shifting into 2nd, going out of sight. He stopped and told us his Studebaker had a 500 cubic inch Cadillac engine.

George sold his car, bought a Chevelle SS 396. The Studebaker dude is probably still laughing.

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Tough old cars

About 1956, the elderly man across the street from our house in Lincoln Park, Michigan died. In a yellow brick garage, his family found a 1928 Chevrolet that had been sitting for years. They added some new oil, and the 4-cylinder engine fired right up, leaving me awestruck.  

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The original sports car

Stutz Bearcat was the sports model for Stutz Motors from 1912 to 1934. I never saw one, but one was in an old movie, Summer Magic. The only thing I recall from the movie is the car. (around 1990 the brand was revived so I am not the only one captivated by the car)

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Flying Teapot

Stanley Steamer operated from 1897 to 1924. At old car festivals, I got to see them in operation. They were quiet, gently hissing when they moved. They took a long time to build up a head of steam and soon fell out of popularity.

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Dixie Flyer

The Kentucky Wagon Works built bodies for the Hercules Automobile in New Albany in 1914. In 1915 they bought the company out, moving production to Louisville, calling the car Dixie Flyer. It was discontinued in 1923. I believe the Dixie Flyer factory was on Park Blvd in Highland Park, now likely part of Louisville’s airport. (Iroquois Park Lookout)

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Lizzie Borden Special

Detroit Electric Cars (1907-1939) were produced by the Anderson Carriage Company. I got to see one at an Old Car Festival. They were owned by the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Lizzie Borden. (Who could pass up a Lizzie Borden car?)

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Backing up or not?

Studebaker started 1852 as a carriage manufacturer, switching to cars from 1902 to the 60s. I always loved the Commander—it looked like it was backing up. One of their last vehicles was the Avanti, still a beautiful car.

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Tank on wheels

Hudson Motors began 1909, merged with Nash in 1954 to form American Motors, the Hudson name disappearing 1957. They had reputations for being tanks. A man I knew liked his booze, drove a ’49 Hudson into a telephone pole. Knocked the pole down, scratched his bumper.  

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Surprising innovator

Nash Rambler began in 1900. Responsible for many innovations, they merged with Hudson to form American Motors 1954. The Nash name disappeared about 1958, the Rambler name 1984. The Nash Metropolitan always caught my eye.

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A real luxury car

Packard made luxury cars from 1899 to 1959. In the 50s they bought out Studebaker and continued but the Packard lines was gone though it once rivaled Cadillac and Lincoln. The Packard Hawk was a sports car, and the model I recall. (name changed to Studebaker Avanti)

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