(first posted 4/11/2012) My first Street Scenes post was a trial balloon of sorts. I think it’s safe to say that most of you Curbside Commenters enjoyed it. With that in mind, I’m happy to announce that Street Scenes will become a regular weekly feature here at Curbside Classic, at least until the pictures run out. Enjoy!
Do you ever get tired of seeing the same old scenery, no matter what town you’re in? Sick of SUVs and ever-present Camcords? Well join me in a trip back to a time when only Forest Rangers and ranchers drove Suburbans, AMC was still in business, and there weren’t four million cookie-cutter chain restaurants in every town with at least one traffic light.
You know you’re in Illinois when you see Old Style beer signs. There are still a ton of them in my area, even today. The two Cutlasses in this shot show just how popular these cars were when new. I remember seeing Colonnade Cutlass Supremes well into the late ’80s.
When’s the last time you saw a front wheel drive Pontiac Phoenix? My principal in grade school had one of these, an ’80 or ’81 in burgundy. I don’t remember him having problems with it, but he did trade it in on a gunmetal gray 1986 Accord sedan, which he drove well into the Nineties.
Manteno IL, June 1987
Well, my 1976 T-Bird (with the Cream and Gold Luxury Group) is just about out of gas and it’s lunchtime, so I need to beg off and stop for some Chinese food. Hope you enjoyed your trip. See you next Wednesday, right here on the CC channel!