Every so often, my wife and I enjoy a trip to Kansas City. Having more fountains than Rome (or so it’s claimed), barbecue restaurants as prevalent as taxi-cabs, and the Tom Pendergast filled history, it’s a great place to visit.
Yet like youth and beauty, all things pass. So it was with great glee I stopped about 65 miles east of town to snap a few pictures. Hey, when this many good cars are lined up and visible from the interstate, I’m going to stop!
This establishment has been here for the nearly 18 years I’ve been going to Kansas City. There are always cars out front although the inventory doesn’t change with a tremendous frequency. Since we’ve made the effort to stop, let’s stroll around to see what we can find.
Red does grab a persons attention as this is what I could most readily see from the interstate. Either a ’73 or ’74, this old Galaxie is in decent shape, although the vinyl roof is starting to show a few bubbles beneath it.
If one was inclined to paint it brown they could then drink a glass of milk and pretend to be Barnaby Jones. Barnaby Jones was a Quinn Martin Production.
With an asking price of $6,850, this Ford will likely be sitting here a while,
despite the Ford manuals that seem to come with the deal.
Parked on a slope next to the red Galaxie is this Corvair.
It even has a white knobbed stick erupting through the floor.
Since I’m going clockwise, next up is this old Chrysler Windsor sitting on a one-ton.
The front overhang on this Chrysler really jumped out at me. I’ve seen similar vintage Chrysler’s before, but never really noticed how the front overhang seems to be longer than the rear overhang, which seems so out of proportion. This Chrysler is sporting hubcaps that say “Dodge”.
Behind the Chrysler were four cars that had potential in one form or another. The blue base model Galaxie was possibly the most distraught, however, this Mercury Zephyr wagon would be a hoot with a 5.0 from a late ’80’s Mustang. If desiring something of a different flavor, one could even Eco-Boost it. Either way, it would be a real sleeper.
Ever see an outside rear-view mirror mount like the one on the Galaxie? With this being the base trim level, it is prime for being painted yellow and turned into a special event taxi – “The Classy Taxi” is something I’ve always wanted to do.
Beside the Galaxie is this Dodge Coronet, the most lively looking one of these four.
Here’s a better view of the Coronet, along with the dual tone Bel-Air next to it.
So you say this 3/4 ton Dodge pickup is nothing special? That these are still as common as fleas on an alley cat? Perhaps you didn’t see how this Dodge is being sandwiched, did you?
How about an Opel on your rear bumper,
and an Opel GT on your front bumper? Both of these Opel’s are absolutely dwarfed by what is parked near them, especially the International next to the black one. It almost makes the Opel look like a speed bump.
Our tour is rapidly winding down with this last car being under a tarp. A lot of key elements are MIA, but I’m thinking ’58 Lincoln. How about you?
Before we part company, there was one last car parked next to the Lincoln. While it wasn’t the oldest we’ve seen here, it is certainly the most rare. At 60 years of age, this car must be respected for its rarity and its perseverance. So respected in fact, it has earned its own CC, coming sometime later. All I will tell you about the car is this: