Cohort Outtake: 1960 Chrysler 300F – What Solar System Are You From?

Chrysler 1960 300F r

Really big American cars always tend to look rather out of place in Europe, but some look like they’ve just landed from outer space. Few more so than this 1960 Chrysler 300F, caught by r0b0ter10t after its excellent landing somewhere in Germany. The ion-plasma thrust generator on the rear deck is still spinning slowly, cooling off after its long voyage, while its alien explorers are cooling off somewhere with some steins of good German beer.

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I’ve told about my encounter on the streets of Innsbruck with a similar alien ship in the form of a 1959 Cadillac. That one didn’t park nearly as discretely, plunking down on the median of Maria Theresian Strasse.

Chrysler 1960 300F f

This one is so nicely parked, it almost looks like it belongs here. When I went back to Austria for the summer of 1969, someone a block down the street had recently bought a new 1969 Dodge Polara, a shiny black four door hardtop with vinyl top, and the odd little optional driving light in the grille. A car that wouldn’t have gotten a second glance from me back in Towson now looked amazingly huge and very show-offy. Of course back then, it was surrounded by much smaller cars; today’s European cars don’t provide quite the proper backdrop that a big Ami Strassenkreuzer deserves.

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Update: Here’s a close-up of that ion-plasma thrust generator. Or is it one of the four landing thrusters?

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