At the time (2009) this was just a routine semi-regional car show set up as a picnic day for car clubs, but looking back now at the cars present, it was really quite extraordinary and I don’t say that lightly. Just think what might cause everyone to ignore this magnificent Packard convertible!
One artefact of being so long ago in technology terms is that the photos were taken at a pretty low-resolution, just 640×480 pixels, so please understand that making out fine details won’t be possible. I’ll add vehicle identification where I can because I don’t imagine that anyone will recognise all of the cars, including me! (Edit – thanks to the commenters who corrected some I got wrong) The first photo of the post is one example; because they weren’t sold here by GM and didn’t change a whole lot during their run I can’t say what year or variant the Cadillac is. The Packard is a 1949 or 50 Clipper, but I’m not sure which model/trim.
This one is easy, Mk2 (left) and Mk1 versions of the Austin 1800. The MkII registration number refers to the car’s nickname, the ‘Landcrab’.
Here is a rarity, a Vauxhall Velox ute, note the signature Vauxhall chrome flash on the bonnet. Beside it is a very original-looking 1953 Chevrolet; the white roof is typical of the pre-air conditioning times.
A 1955 Hillman Minx Mark VIII with the last of the side-valve 4-cyl wheezers; power went up something like 20% with the change to overhead valves, plus an Alfa Romeo Spider.
A Hillman Super Minx convertible, one of very few sold here. As a fair weather cruiser, this would make a good smaller alternative to an early Mustang or Falcon. The Citroen 2CV beside it is something rarely seen here.
Some variety of Riley RM, a 1948 Pontiac, MG TC, and I think a 1938 Chevrolet.
A Jaguar 240 or 340, the facelifted Mark 2 with the slimmer bumper, and a mid-50s Humber Hawk.
1953 Buick Roadmaster (not Super – thanks oldcarguy). I saw this car again recently, and it looks essentially the same.
1948-51 Vauxhall Wyvern, as proposed by Old Pete as a lower-cost alternative to producing a separate car in the Holden. Note that this was merely a more modern front end on a pre-war car, albeit with unitary construction.
Ford Falcon 500 (XB model) in the oh-so-70s Copper Bronze colour, alongside Wolesley 15/60.
A varied line-up here; Ford Model A tourer and sedan, 1966 Holden HR, a car I’ll come back to and maybe a Packard? The fourth car looks too small to be American, but is pre-war; perhaps a Hillman 14 or Humber Snipe?
A 1932 Dodge and a Ford Model A roadster ute now in a state of careful preservation.
Ford Zephyr Mark 2 convertible, Mazda 121 coupe (aka Cosmo, possibly RX-5?), a 1954 Ford and then a 5-window coupe from about 1932 – a Ford?
Here is another shot of the Packard convertible that looks like it is from around 1938 or so (actually 1937 – thanks tonyola!), and is large enough that I think parade rather than cruise.
To change tack completely, here is a 1964 Hello Kitty Imp. You don’t have to be serious about things all the time!
A 1957 Holden FC model ute, quite a contrast to the recently posted 1958 FE ute.
Here is a 1934 Lagonda Rapier, which has a dohc 1,100 cc engine making 50 bhp – very good for the time – and a pre-selector gearbox. This car was sold new in Australia, and restored in 1973! Did anyone recognise this?
Leyland P76 sedan, customised with an extra window added in the C-pilllar, to deviate from the Michelotti design more than the factory did.
Austin A40 Sports, with an aluminium body built by Jensen. The engine had twin carbs for four whole extra horsepower! Acceleration was described as “not startling”…
A range of 1969-71 Ford Fairlanes, ZC (with their bonnets open) and ZD models. These were the models that saw the Fairlane firmly take over from the local CKD assembly of North American cars.
Here is an XW Falcon panel van from the same era (1969-70), dressed up here with the GS pack accessories and some aftermarket Globe Bathurst alloy wheels. Beside it is a late-1990s Fairlane.
1946 Mercury convertible. I expect Ford Australia only made a tiny number of these, assuming it is not an import.
1936 Ford convertible.
1940 and 1939 Fords
1954 Ford Mainline ute
Ford Prefect sedan and ute. I think these would have been the last Fords with the transverse leaf springs and mechanical brakes – built until 1953.
1936 Cadillac. General Motors-Holden assembled some Cadillacs with local bodies, but only a handful.
Jaguar XK140. This is largely the same as the XK120 but has full bumpers.
Obviously a World War 2 Jeep – but does anyone have any further input here? At this point I will hold fire (pun only slightly intended…) until next time, we are only about half-way through. There is still that car that overshadowed the Packard, plus more Packards believe it or not, as well as some trucks and at least one muscle car.
Please comment if you would like to know any more about any of the cars and I can look into them; some I know more about than others.