The CC Graveyard Tour: Part Two

(first posted 9/1/2011)         Must finish what I started…Ok, so I showed you the Corvairs in Part 1. Oh, and we did do the Sunbeam Imp. But that’s only a small sample of the sad delights resting in the CC Graveyard. I’m headed up to Portland to see some well -preserved automotive delights, so the commentary is going to be a bit sparse, from me anyway. But help yourself…and I’m just going to show the shots in the order as I took them.

The cars have pretty much all be grouped by manufacturer, sometimes in more than one batch. Here is the intersection of a GM and Ford cluster.We’re way overdue for a Chevy II CC, and I have one shot, so hang on a bit longer.

We also haven’t had a CC of the ’63 – ’64 Chryslers yet either. I bet jpc would do one justice.

The sole Packard in the place (a ’55 Clipper) has to carve out a spot next to a similar-vintage Caddy.

That hood ornament has got to be one of the best of the era.

And since it’s been a while since I laid eyes on Packard’s big V8. What a waste of effort, given that it was only built for two years (’55 and ’56). The ’55 Clipper used a 320 inch version, but it also came as 352 and 374 inchers. By 1957, the Packardbakers were using the Studebaker 289.

Plymouths of this vintage have become pretty rare. This ’54 is a hardtop, no less, but not a pretty dowdy one. It used the same roof as the two door sedan, but without the windowframes and pillar.

Here’s the Edsel section, represented by two first-year ’58s. This Citation was the top of the line.

It shares that bigger body with the senior Mercuries.

There’s that gaudy Edsel dash, and the transmission push buttons in the steering wheel hub. A better idea, for sure!

In case you couldn’t make out that little sign in the glove box, here it is…maybe it should have said “Designed in Dearborn by IDIOTS”?

The world is a richer place for Ford’s misadventure.

It’s hard to imagine a world where this trademark grille didn’t ever exist.

The sole Studebaker here is this Wagonaire.

The proprietor obviously had a soft spot for T-Birds.

And more T-Birds.

The famous C-pillar that made Ford in its time.

The older Fords are bringing up the rear.

Here’s a study in contrasting approaches to roofs and C-pillars.

We’ll stop for now and take a breather, but here’s a fine mixed-message shot until we come back. There’s some exotics hiding in the weeds, as well as vintage Japanese bikes. Back soon…

Continue to Part 3 of the Tour