Car Show Classics – In The Shadow Of The Silvis Train Yard

It’s been a while since I’ve done a true “walk and talk” car show post, save the VW one a month or so ago. So, time for a post where you don’t have to think too hard. Grab a beer, open a window or take your Kindle/laptop outside, and let’s just enjoy some nice old cars. It’s summer–let’s enjoy it!

This 1968 Sport Fury is for JPC. The big C-body Mopars are not frequently seen, due to people of questionable character who think nothing of taking a clean ’71 Newport or ’66 Polara, ripping out the 440 for their knuckle-dragging monster truck/street rod/you name it, and crushing the rest. So, good to see a survivor! It looks just right with the color-keyed Magnum 500s and RWL tires.

Just a couple hundred yards down from the Fury was this spiffy Sunbeam Tiger (Update: It’s an Alpine). The Plymouth was for JP, but this little Rootes Roadster is for Bryce.

I know these were getting dated by 1966-67, but I’ve always loved the way these sports cars look, with their clean flanks and cool little fins. The Minilites are a nice touch.

Hmm, a lot of red cars at this show. But they’re all interesting, like this nice ’67 Galaxie 500. Nice to see one, as a favorite teacher drove one of these when I was in middle school. His was light blue metallic with a white-painted top (not vinyl!), blue interior and had these very same wheel covers.

I always liked the front end on these, with the stacked lights and pointed nose. And that roofline–well!

Paul recently did an Outtake on a would-be SHO, and while this one looks more authentic, I am not positive it is the real deal. Were cornering lights and this light beige color available on the SHO? I don’t think so, but maybe our resident Taurus expert, Ed Snitkoff, can enlighten us all.

Another red car, but I think this one is more than worthy of a few shots. I’ve always liked the early Rancheros and El Caminos, when they were still full-size and had the outrageous fins and chrome.

This one had what appeared to be an entire Impala interior, right down to the striped cloth-and-vinyl upholstery.

There’s those crazy fins and cat’s eye taillights; I love ’em!

While the ’59 Elky appeared pristine, this ’58 Bel Air appeared to be largely original, save the ubiquitous Rally wheels. I think it would have looked better with ’58 dog-dish caps. Still a cool ride, though.

How about a full-boat ’70s Silverado? This one was really clean and largely stock. Unusual in my part of the country, when these ’73-’87 C10s are usually rusty relics or street-rodded.

You can tell it’s the top-drawer model by the abundance of fake wood on the dash. The velour bench seat appeared to be custom, however.

You want stripes? We’ve got stripes–lots of them! I wonder if it had the factory 454.

This early postwar Plymouth had lots of patina–and those dratted Chev Rally wheels. Come on, there are lots of cool wheels out there. Dare to be different! How about color-keyed Mopar police slotted wheels with the vented hubcaps? That would look pretty nice!

There was also a clean ’63 Fairlane hardtop. It looked even better with the Ford styled steel wheels.

Most of the Fairlanes I see are the 1966-and-up variety, so it was nice to see one with fins.

This ’30s Plymouth was street-rodded, but in a good way: not chopped, a subtle paint job, and fenders and bumpers intact. I especially liked the hood ornament–seen at the top of this post.

How about a nice Chevy II? Like the Fairlane, most of the Novas I see are of the 1968-72 coupe variety, and while those are nice-looking, they get old fast (I’ve probably seen fifty of them in the last year). This red-on-red drop-top was more my style.

See how cheerful interiors are in red. And with a red dash, steering wheel, etc. I am getting tired of cars with beige, red, or gray interiors still having a black dash, carpet and steering wheel. Attention manufacturers: did you know black steering wheels get hot in the sun?

Enough of the ranting–it is a bright, sunny day, and we are looking at cool cars. This is CC, not some bilous rant-heavy website. Here was a nice ’57 Bel Air Two-Ten sedan. I know, I know, these things are everywhere, but not usually the sedans, especially stock. I’d love to see a four-door Bel Air wagon or four-door hardtop, too!

Well, that’s about it. I recall it was a very hot evening, and I was anxious to head back to my folks, sit out on the patio with a beer, and watch the river go by. Ah, summer, how I missed you!