It has been a while since I’ve done a Car Show Classics post. With Turkey Day over and car shows well and truly done for over a month and a half, it’s time to dip into the archives and look at some nice cars in warmer times. So grab a favorite beverage, recline your favorite chair, and let’s look at some neat cars I saw during a nice, warm July day back in 2012. I am sure our esteemed Mr. Martin will approve of our starting with this lovely navy blue 124 Spider.
No Camaros or Mustangs allowed in this post! No, I have to seek out the more uncommon fare. Granted, two-seat T-Birds are not so rare, but I think this one’s Dusk Rose paint and white interior make up for it.
Here was an immaculate dove gray over blue DeSoto Seville–yes, Seville! The “Hundred Million Dollar Look” 1955 Mopars were stunning–and rightfully so–but I like the 1956s ever so much better.
This one was clearly treated to a no-expense-spared restoration. The whole car was finished to a remarkable standard. I wish I had gotten more pictures of it.
I am not the biggest fan of modified classics, but this Country Squire was very nice, especially the black paint and red leather seats. The taillights were incorporated into those narrow slots on the lowermost piece of wood trim on the tailgate.
How about a 1958 Skyliner? The ’58 seems to be the rare variant, as I see far more ’57s and ’59s at the many car shows I attend in the summertime. There tend to be a lot of these at the Iowa City cruise nights (since moved to Coralville in 2013); one time there were at least four or five, all parked in single file!
The peach interior was very nice–and unusual. I’d never seen one in that shade before. I’ve always liked the 1957-58 Ford instrument panel–stylish yet functional.
This 1963 Pontiac limo was built by Superior, as noted by the small chrome plaque on the front fender. Who needs a minivan when you’ve got a nine-passenger version of one of the Sexiest Sixties Pontiacs?
But if you really needed a wagon, this 1957 Mercury Voyager fit the bill admirably. And lost no style points compared to a coupe or sedan, thanks to its pillarless hardtop design.
And I would be remiss to not include a shot of that oh-so-cool Buck Rogers-style interior. Perfect for seeking new life forms on Mars–or just going to F.W. Woolworths for a new barbecue fork.
The 1957-58 Mercurys have not been very kindly remembered, but I love them. They are so distinctive, and I love the jet-intake front bumper, stylish dash, scalloped quarter panels and those 45-degree “angry” taillights. And in wagon form–well! This car was my favorite at the show.
There was an amazingly-preserved ’70 Impala hardtop coupe too. I am going to go out on a limb and say that this car will be Zackman’s first choice.
The local branch of the Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts Club were out in force on this day, with several choice rear-engined Bowties in attendance.
I think this blue-on-blue ’64 was my favorite.
But this second-gen version was just as nice. As I recall, this one was a rare final-year 1969 model.
Getting into the personal-luxury era, this 1974 Gran Torino Elite was very nice in triple-black. The vintage Keystone wheels added to its appeal.
The interior was just as well-preserved. This instrument panel looks great with the extra gauges. Note that it has speed control as well. Yep, it’s fake wood, but I think it contrasts nicely with the black trim. These and their 1974-76 Cougar XR7 siblings made pretty convincing mini-Mark IVs.
Last but not least, we have this very original 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix. I talked to the owners and if I remember correctly, the wife’s parents bought this car brand-new. They were enjoying driving the car to shows and on nice days, but were thinking about selling it. That was over a year and a half ago, and I haven’t seen it since. I hope the owners either decided to keep it or sold it to a caring new owner.
It even had the original stereo with built-in CB microphone. The blue-on-blue colors drew me in as well. I am well-known here on CC to be a big fan of the Colonnade Cutlass Supreme (proven here and here), but I have a serious jones for the 1973-77 Grand Prix too–especially the ’73 and ’76.
And with that, it’s time to return to the present. As I write this (the day after Thanksgiving) it is about 30 degrees out and the Town Car is almost certainly frosting over, parked on my parents’ street. So, stay warm, Curbsiders!