Back in May, I met former CC editor Tom Klockau in my old stomping grounds of Hannibal, Missouri, for the annual Loafers Car Show. Tom reported on last year’s show here.
Some of the cars in attendance were regulars; others are not. Let’s take a look at some of the irregulars, my favorite of which was this 1959 Plymouth Fury.
There is simply so much to like about this Fury. Even better is it being V8 powered, possessing the silky smooth Torqueflite automatic transmission, and having a goodly number of options.
It was a true attention getter, a car that truly sparkled in a sea of resto-modded miscellany and pimped out Camaro’s.
This Plymouth brought a smile to nearly everyone’s face, especially the Miata / MX-5 parked opposite.
While seemingly an otherwise ordinary 1958 Cadillac, seeing it parked here with its warm engine prompted me to chuckle a second time. How so?
On the way there, it had flown around me like I was sitting still. It had approached the highway from a side road as I passed. Looking in the rearview mirror, I witnessed him passing a Ford Focus. The Focus driver was so surprised he nearly ran off the road. Despite my driving approximately 70 mph (or so), he soon overtook me. Here is the evidence. This Cadillac moves down the road with tremendous authority.
Since every car we’ve seen so far has been white, here is a final one.
I realize a 1973 (or 1974) Ford LTD isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Even though it looks like an albino version of what television detective Barnaby Jones cruised around Los Angeles in, it reminded me of another LTD from a different time.
My grandfather Albert’s older brother Lyle had one. I remember riding in it a few times when it was piloted by Lyle’s wife, Jessie. That was a robust Ford, later traded for a Oldsmobile Delta 88 diesel that was also quite robust. They kept both cars for a very long time. By the end of its tenure, the LTD was looking rather bedraggled from having been backed into a ditch. All the Olds ever needed was a new water pump with every other oil change.
Tom and I had a lively conversation with the owner of this 1971 Buick Electra 225. The owner had purchased his Buick last fall as part of a package deal that also included a 1971 Lincoln Mark III. He said both cars are great but have distinctly different personalities.
The owner told us the Buick is a more docile car, one that can be driven everyday with wild abandon.
It is also capable of hauling just about anything without problem. He said the greatest thing about this Buick became apparent last fall. Having taken it deer hunting, the trunk was able to accommodate the eight-point buck he shot while still being able to close the trunk lid. The agent with the Department of Conservation was quite amazed with this talent when the owner went to report bagging his deer.
This gentleman was a refreshingly personable individual. He let me sit in the drivers seat, an incredibly comfortable place to be. While sitting there he told Tom and me that his affinity for large cars is likely part of his DNA. At one point his father owned a 1968 Ford LTD; one night, his mother and father got a little too friendly in the LTD and nine months later he made his grand arrival. The love started quite early for him.
Going through these pictures, it’s becoming apparent the colors you will be seeing aren’t overly diverse. Oh well; that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Since green is the color of the moment, this green 1956 Ford Ranch Wagon looked really sweet.
Ford made around 100,000 two-door wagons for 1956 with the low-trim Ranch Wagon being the most popular. The next series was the Custom Ranch Wagon followed by the Parklane. This particular wagon has a three-speed with overdrive.
What really captured my fancy was the design on the seat fabric. If this isn’t the original material, it’s a terrific facsimile of what Ford installed.
Like that green Ford wagon? I’m keeping the party going with a green Rambler wagon,
And this green 1935 Ford V8.
Just to prove this isn’t a song of only two notes, I’m closing with this 1961 Ford Starliner. Thank goodness for the cream color.