Cohort Pic(k) of the Day #2: Ford Had A Massive Head Start On Making The Ugliest 5-Mile Bumpers

posted by Fred Oliver

Ok, the headline is a (rare) bit of click bait. But this aftermarket continental spare kit on this otherwise quite fine ’62 Sunliner does rather remind me of some of their worst 5 mile bumpers, like the back of the Pinto. Now if they removed the spare, it would make a great tailgating seat. It’s kind of like those platforms on the end of ski boats.

Let’s look at the rest of it and pretend it’s not there.

That’s better. Although the ’62’s thinly-disguised ’61 front end didn’t exactly set the world on fire.

But the quality of their vinyl at the time was top notch.


Ok, the conti spare is not Ford’s doing, but the exposed column shifter was, and egregious little sin. It never failed to draw my attention at the time: why does this column look like a ’49 Plymouth?


Uh oh; back to the point of the beginning. There’s a nice Vauxhall over there…