When I first ran across this photo, all I could see was that strange front end. Was this a preview of the Five Mile Bumpers? Oh; it’s a rail inspection car. I didn’t even notice the front rail wheels under that body work. Of course; that’s the whole point. But you sure wouldn’t see anyone trying to hide the rail wheels on a Ford Super Duty pickup nowadays.
Here’s the ’57 version, and the wheels are much more visible in this shot. But it’s nice to think that the rail inspector could drive his company car home and neighbors just…wondered why his Pontiac had such an underbite.
These were built by the Fairmont Railway Motors Inc. of Fairmont, Minnesota.