Ralf K just posted this old snapshot titled “Moving to college, 1974”. The only additional text is: “rowing shell on car, 7 Up machine on trailer”. Ok. So was this his plan for paying for college?
Diggin’ that Dodge Custom 880 in the driveway way in the background.
I’m sure that college student was going to fill that machine right back up with 7-up. Yes, absolutely sure of it.
We had a soda machine at the fraternity house back in the day that was pretty much Russian Roulette. You’d want a coke and every once in a while an Old Milwaukee or a Schlitz would pop out…On the face of it you’d think, Hey, nice Bonus! and then realize that whatever beer it was had a lower street value than the soda you really wanted.
Ahh, those were the days. A 12 oz bottle of beer was cheaper than a 6 1/2 oz Coke. No one had yet thought of bottling water – much less paying for a drink of the stuff. A thirsty and thrifty college student would naturally gravitate to beer.
I’m confused – is that just a standard soft drink vending machine on its side? Or a soda fountain type thing for a lunch bar counter? And why would someone be hauling any sort of soft drink dispenser to college?
I don’t remember any time when a beer was cheaper than a soda.
Considering the orientation of the 7up logo is correct, I’m assuming it’s either a large chest-type vending machine (the bottles hung in horizontal racks and putting money in allowed you to remove one) or not a vending machine at all in the technical sense, but instead a large reach-down cooler of the type that might have lived in a convenience or general store.
Two King County license plates – probably the original one from new on the Chevy sedan, and the one on the VW dates from around 1970.
I caught that Custom 880 too, and I think I see the sculptured side of a 1965ish Comet uphill from the truck.
I was gonna say ’65 (or it could be a 64) Falcon rather than comet. Zooming in reveals a round taillight.
I like the ’66 Chevy. My Dad had one when I was 6 years old, but his looked like this one, sans Cragar S/S wheels (which I always liked, BTW)…
First new car my Dad bought was a 65 Impala SS in Metallic Blue. Buckets, console, ac, the works. Kept it until May 1974. I have many memories of it. And I still own its replacement.
Yeah, my Dad’s wasn’t an SS, just a standard 283 version, but a red hardtop coupe like the one above. He loved the car, so I don’t know why he traded it in only 2 years later on a Grecian Green ’68 Impala Custom (nearly identical down to wheel covers like the one pictured below from the brochure, although I don’t recall his having a vinyl top). He had the 307 in the ’68. Perhaps he liked the formal custom roof-line better than the fastback. Maybe he got a great deal trading in the ’66 at only 2 years old.
Just curious Guy, what is your Dad’s replacement for the ’65 Impala SS that you still have? My Dad’s replacement for the ’68 has long since been smelted…
1974 Mercury Montego MX Brougham bought new on May 11th 1974. Heres a older pic from ’10 ( ignore the Volvo).
Wow, that’s so weird… My Dad replaced the ’68 Chevy with a car from the same epoch, a ’73 Ford LTD. It was almost exactly like the one pictured below (ours had different wheel covers and no cornering lamps). This one became my first car, and I kept it perfect, but once my sister got a hold of it, that was the end of the line for the LTD. I don’t even want to think about where it ended up. Probably the aforementioned smelter….
Yep, the kind that comes in the brown bottles.
Never saw one on a trailer, but the coke machines that lived in the elevator lobbies of my high-rise dorm would frequently end up riding inside the elevators themselves…
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