This isn’t a website that focuses very much on car shows. All the good stuff is still on the road.
However, every once in a while I do enjoy attending one. Car shows are like particle board; the Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes, and hot rods is just so much filler, rather like the glue. The fibrous material is everything else and is what I’m covering here.
Dodge only made 3,964 of the six-passenger Coronet 440 wagons. It being a wagon captured my attention. Then I looked inside…
Look closely. It has a three-speed manual transmission, no radio, and no conditioned air. This wagon is about as basic as one could get. Isn’t it grand? Alas, the hood was closed.
Mopar products were quite heavily represented at the show as this is a Mopar loving area. This Valiant is a very solid driver with a splash of patina.
The toilet seat trunk lid is in great shape…
…and the interior is a very inviting place to spend time. I had seen this Valiant driving around earlier in the day.
The Valiant was parked next to this Javelin. Having seen the Javelin previously, I believe it is powered by a straight six.
Close to the Valiant and Coronet was this 1955 Plymouth. This is the very car in which I wrote my very first CC two years ago. Like the Coronet, it also has a three-speed on the column.
This 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury was for sale. Interestingly, it was for sale last year when I saw it although the price has lowered to a figure in the high twenties.
While it’s quite nice, the asking price was too rich for my blood.
It’s not like it was the only ’64 Plymouth there.
Since we’re talking 1964, let’s ride a bit further. There were a grand total of four 1964 Ford Galaxies present. The purple one is a bit odd as…
…when I saw it last year, it had fancy toilet seats decorating the hood. I won’t even begin to hazard a guess about why they are there.
Did I mention there were a lot of Mopars here? With this Dodge Aspen being an R/T model, and it having been classified as a Deadly Sin due in part to premature corrosion on the early models, one has to ask if the R/T stands for “Rust Through”.
Maybe that was mean spirited. To make amends, how about this nice, blue ’69 Dodge Charger instead? If you don’t like blue…
…maybe red will capture your fancy.
Seeing two Charger’s together is always exponentially better than seeing just one. There isn’t a bad line on these cars and, television show aside, I think the appearance of the ’69 is far superior to the ’68 and ’70. The only thing I would change is the fatties in the back.
The collection of Charger’s could not hold a candle to the number of Plymouth Road Runners in attendance. Here are a few more:
There were about eight in all. I promise they weren’t all red!
When I started uploading these pictures, the realization hit: not all the Mopars were of the Dodge and Plymouth variety. This ’66 Chrysler New Yorker is stunning and is completely original. Following it while exiting the show, this Chrysler possesses a distinct authority on the road.
This ’66 Pontiac Catalina is another completely original car. If I had found it on the street, it would be getting a complete article. It’s a rare bird.
Look closely at this picture. In 1966, Pontiac built just under 248,000 Catalina’s. Of those, only 5,003 had a manual transmission. This is one of those roughly two-perfect made with a manual transmission, as seen here.
The window sticker confirms this car is nearly a complete stripper with all of two factory options that total to a whopping $31.
When I was taking pictures, I struck up a conversation with the owners, who are truly terrific people. They bought the car ten years ago from the original owners. With a mere 45,000 miles, it is original down to the cigarette butts in the ashtray.
Having all the paperwork on a car this age is phenomenal. The owners said they even have the cancelled check from when it was originally purchased as well as all license renewals. They said from looking at the odometer reports on these renewals, there were some years in which the Pontiac was only driven about ten miles.
The engine is a two-barrel 389. They reported it runs like new.
They seemed interested when I told them I write for an automotive blog, and they happily showed me the paperwork as well as inviting me to open up the car to take pictures.
The only thing the wife said she would change is including air conditioning. Their grandchildren are mesmerized by windows that have to be cranked open and closed.
Another car there caught my fancy upon talking to the owner.
This is a kit the owner finished about two years ago (that his him in the picture). Also mentioning Curbside Classic, the owner stated the internet was his best friend when building this car. He stated at the time he was building it, there were individuals in Sweden, England, and Australia building cars from the same kit. With a lot of correspondence, they all finished their cars around the same time and were able to provide a lot of help to each other.
Power is from a Ford Mustang GT.
Bouncing back to Ford, there was this lovely little 1963 Fairlane sitting all by its lonesome.
While I suspect it is powered by a six cylinder, I can verify it has a three-speed manual transmission. I can also verify the fender skirts look highly out of place on this car.
This dandy Pinto was for sale with an interior that prompted the olfactory nerve into thinking it was 1978. There is a silver Pinto party wagon that flits all over town; I need to write it up sometime.
GM cannot be ignored, so here is a 1962 Buick LeSabre.
A few independent makes were featured, such as this Avanti II. There are 350 reasons, and 5.7 excuses, why I did not take a picture of the engine.
Keep it between the ditches!