Coastside Classics: A Few Beauties From The San Luis Obispo County Coast

I had a really strong feeling that when I decided to drop everything and take a meandering road trip down the Cabrillo Highway for my 30th birthday this week, I’d run across a fair number of delightful classics. Cayucos and company surely didn’t disappoint.

More than the Transit of Venus greeted me when I checked into my dockside hotel room in Morro Bay. This 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Station Wagon was right down the hill from my hotel room.

And then up the hill was this 1961 Rambler Classic Six sitting in front of a picket fence. Had it not been for the decidedly more modern motels in the background this could have been a seaside scene from the late 1960s.

Scrubbing the windshield of the Cruze LT I rented, I noted this late 60s Chevy truck ready for work or play near the highway.

Now onto things for sale. I caught this 1961 Tempest Safari out of the corner of my eye. I saw something shiny, wagony and kind of fancy looking as I pulled off the Freeway coming back from Cambria. Anyone with $9,995 and a desire to drive something with the notorious (some would say) “Trophy Four”, point yourself to Main and Quintara.

The Ford Woodie that’s at the top of this post wasn’t for sale, nor did Birthday Santa (as my friend Dave says) bring me the first generation Corvair I always wanted, so I had to settle for these magazine ads from 1963. I don’t know which one I want most, but oddly, the Monza sedan in what appears to be Azure Aqua is the one arousing me the most.

Another addition to the rarities files is what is possibly the first super-basic Biscayne I’ve seen since my childhood next-door neighbors finally got rid of their howling Blue-Flame Six powered ’62. But this one, obviously resto-modded with a V8 and a floor shifted manual, seems ready to shame a number of more flashy muscle cars.

We’ll finish my last night in Morro Bay with another for sale item, and a legendary car I’ve never seen outside of a museum. I’ve never felt how sharp the tips of a 1959 Cadillac tailfin is until this week. And I am so struck at how odd the “picture window” four-door hardtop roof lines up with the rest of this already ridiculous car. What totally works for the Oldsmobile and Buick versions of this roof goes remarkably awry at Cadillac. All yours for $8500!

Tomorrow brings Solvang, Santa Barbara and Pasadena, followed by Long Beach and Catalina this weekend before going back to my Curbside Crypt of classics, the Bay Area on Monday. May more classics reveal themselves to me as I continue on my travels. If I get a 1959 Mercury I can go home happy.