Straight Sixes, Sedans, And Other Uncommon Car Show Fare

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Okay campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today! Bonus points for those of you who recognize that quote.

But let us think of other things, like looking at cool old cars back when it was still nice and warm outside. Thanks to my 1,000-odd photos of car show and cruise night cars, we can pretend it’s summer all year long! As long as you don’t go outside…

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Today we are going to be focusing on a more uncommon board of fare–sedans, wagons and, yes indeed folks, straight sixes. I know, yay! Let’s get things underway with this nicely optioned 1967 Nova sedan.

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This is not a plain-Jane Chevy II, but a Nova, with nicer upholstery and even fake wood on the door panels! I believe this interior color was called Fawn.

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Despite the extra gingerbread, this car still has a very purposeful interior–aftermarket steering wheel notwithstanding.

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And here’s the beautiful heart of this classic Chevy compact–the 250 inline six. It is nicely dressed up to, with a chrome valve cover–I believe this may have been part of a factory upgrade, and not aftermarket. Maybe one of you fine folks can clear that up?

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I really liked this car. The deep turquose paint and chrome trim made it look really good–as did the accessory wire wheel covers. That is the owner in the background, and no, he was not mad at me. In fact he and I talked Novas and classic non-Camaro, non Chevelle Chevrolets for a few minutes.

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And wagons! Yep, wagons are making a comeback; at cruise-ins, anyway. This 1969 Country Squire is a regular.

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Blue on blue with the ubiquitous Squire Di-Noc sides, it looked good with its whitewalls and dog-dish hubcaps.

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I always liked the interior of the 1969-70 big Fords. I especially like the radio on the left. The Dads of the late ’60s who bought these new probably liked it too: “No way the kids’ll be screwing with the stations on THIS car!”

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This one was not restored, but a very well preserved original, with assorted bumps and bruises. I liked it all the more for that reason.

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This nice old Rambler wagon also caught my eye. The maroon over rose paint job really drew me in. “Why only one photo, then Tom” you may ask. Well, several weeks earlier I spotted it in a decidedly more Curbside situation. So you will see more of this classic AMC–someday!

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Ho-hum, another Nova with Rally wheels, big whoop. Au contraire! This one does not have the bellybutton 350 shoehorned into it.

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Nope, another nice six with the nice chrome valve cover–this time the 194, judging from the air cleaner decal. How refreshing!

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The red interior was very nice too. I’ve always had a thing for white, silver or black cars with red interiors.

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Zackman might like this one: A 1964 Bel Air. No, no yellow Impala convertible, but unlike when they were new, the Bel Air sedan is much less frequently seen.

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It was nice and original, save the slotted mags, which look pretty good on it. Yep, four taillights–it’s a Bel Air!

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Here was a nice original Chevy fastback sedan. I believe this one is a ’50, since it’s missing the extra teeth in the lower grille that the ’49 had.

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I love these 1949-52 GM fastbacks. They’re so sleek and attractive. Unfortunately buyers disagreed, with the notchback sedans far outselling the once-popular fastback. The Chevy versions were put out to pasture after ’52.

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No restoration on this one. I loved the car even more for it.

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How about another wagon? This one was a ’69 Fairlane 500, with only some Torque-Thrust wheels to differentiate it from its original showroom appearance. It was cool.

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There’s that Magic Doorgate–the feature that helped make FoMoCo king of the wagon hill in the Sixties and well into the Seventies.

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I am pretty sure the two-tone white and aqua paint on this 1965 Coronet wagon was not factory, but it looked great.

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So did the wheels, which made it look like something that may have towed one of the Mopar altered-wheelbase dragsters to the strip forty-odd years ago.

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And I am always a sucker for a nice old car with an aqua interior. Sorry JP, I don’t think this was for sale.

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We’ve seen the wagons and four-door sedans, so how about a VW Bay Window Westy?

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Check out those seats; yikes! Herb Tarlek would have been right at home.

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I’ve always loved these things. Back in ’89 I got to ride in one over the Mackinac bridge, as a friend of my parents who lived in Mackinaw city had a faded orange one. It was my first ride in a VW bus. His wasn’t a full-blown Westy–no pop-top for starters–but it did have the table in it.

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This shot of the VW and a similarly-hued ’71 Boss 351 will give you an idea of the variety at this show. That said, there were plenty of 1964-66 Mustangs, Camaros and Corvettes–when isn’t there?

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But this had to have been the most exotic vehicle at the show–a Toyota Stout. Obviously modified, but still an amazing site to see. Thanks to this post at CC, I immediately identified it.

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Other than the drastic changes to the wheelwells and suspension, this looked to be quite original. Certainly original patina! It was pretty neat.

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I really liked the instrument panel on it too–and the horn ring! Those buttons on the left reminded me of the “typewriter keys” of the Mopar Torqueflite buttons of the ’50s and ’60s.

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Yes, that is a C5 Corvette engine in there. Must have had to get really creative to fit it in there, as this truck was about the size of an S10. Bigger than a Hilux, but not by much.

Well, hope this little tour warmed you all up. Now repeat after me: Summer is coming, summer is coming…

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