Car Show Report: The June 2015 Jefferson City Car Show – Studebakers, E-Bodies, and A Few Other Surprises


Summer is flying by and this is the first time I’ve been to the monthly car show that is all of two miles away.  Part of it has been due to traveling and Missouri Monsoon Season interfering.  Enough of the excuses; let’s look at some cars.


This 1975 Pontiac Grand Am was a delightful surprise.  Pontiac churned out all of 8,600 two-doors for the year; the interior looked a whole lot like a 1975 Grand Prix.


I really don’t like getting people in the shot, but they would not get their happy selves out of the way.  Plus, cars come and go rapidly; I had already missed getting pictures of a ’70 Plymouth GTX.


However, this is a generally a very good show, as it brings a lot of rarely seen items out of the woodwork.  That is pronounced “Vur-Sales”, incidentally.


Since I headlined this with there being E-bodies, let’s at least whet our appetite with a few Chrysler products.  If this terrific, captivating black Dart isn’t for you,


And you don’t like the color of this 1968 Charger,


Then how about a Roadrunner from 1970?


Or a drop-top Road Runner from 1969?


After my post the other day that was co-authored with my daughter, I realized I have been a big-picture type of guy, not focusing so much on the details of cars.  So on a few cars at this show, I let myself pay attention to the finer details.  No, this isn’t a 1965 Mercury.


It’s a 1970ish Cadillac Coupe deVille, one of the longest cars there.


On the other end of the size spectrum was this King Midget.  Oddly, their colors aren’t too far apart.


The randomness of cars on display is always intriguing.  For instance, Ford was well represented for the 1956 model year with this Club Sedan,


This Victoria,


And this Crown Victoria.  Each was a step up the prestige ladder at Ford and any would be welcomed in my garage.


Since we are talking 1956, here’s a nice DeSoto Firedome convertible.


I need to start paying more attention to details.  This is a really captivating car.


Did I mention there were E-bodies?  There were E-bodies.


When was the last time you saw a trailer hitch on one?


I was able to witness this purple one pull into the parking lot.  Ms. Gem Whitman crossed my mind given its purple color.


This dark blue is more my color.  There is at least one more in this area, as twice this past week I saw a silver-gray one heading south on US 63 around 3:30 in the afternoon.


Did I mention surprises in the headline?  Here’s one.  Or maybe it’s two.


This 1971 Ford LTD wasn’t the only Niedermeyer-mobile in attendance.

I’m joking; Paul hasn’t purchased a 1971 LTD – yet.


A 1966 Ford F-100 was also present.  However, this one has a 352 cubic inch (5.8 liter) V8 (instead of a six-cylinder) and the 6.5′ bed (instead of the 8 footer).  It’s still a three-speed, but without overdrive.

On second thought, maybe this truck isn’t so similar to Paul’s.


Let’s look at some Studebaker’s.


There’s no better place to start than with this 1948 Land Cruiser.


I was able to overhear the owner state he had driven it well over 100 miles today, but he had been fighting a clogged fuel line intermittently.  Having heard the engine running as the owner drove in, its flathead six sounded awesome.


Seeing it parked next to this Studebaker pickup was quite the visually delighting match.


This 1954 Commander was also on hand, and I was able to watch the owner park it.


The interior of this car is understated elegance.


Again, the small details really help to set it apart from the sea of hum-drum surrounding it.


The newest Studebaker present was this 1958 Champion.


Some of the 1958 models were built with dual headlights despite being designed for four.  Some states were still being quirky about allowing four-headlight systems around this time.  It’s not the most complimentary face from that model year.


Looking at details can reveal a lot.  This is the right front fender of the 1958 Studebaker.  It is readily apparent how Studebaker monkeyed with the existing design to incorporate the four headlight system.  This car was also intriguing in how the tail fins bolted on; sadly, I did not get a quality show of that.  Studebaker deserves a lot of credit for their creativity during the last two decades of their existence.


This 1963 Mercury Meteor S-33 may likely be the first Meteor I’ve ever seen in the metal.


The Meteor was never a strong seller, with this S-33 being one of only 4,865 produced that year.  However, it still sold better than most of the other trims and body styles available that year.


This car appeared to be very original.  Look closely; I doubt this would have happened during any restoration.


Since I started with a GM product, it just seems appropriate to end with one.  I’m really starting to dig these details.


Details like that really add to the allure to be found with a 1969 Impala convertible.

There’s another show next month; let’s see what the weather does.  Hopefully all the flash flooding is over.