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It's Time to Play "WHO AM I"?

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    I'd guess Nash, but don't remember the year. Some time in the mid-latter '50s, maybe?
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    You are correct in your answer of Nash. Anyone want to contribute the year?

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • omarmanomarman Posts: 693
    edited May 2011
    I would have guessed Pontiac in '54. Was it Nash in '54? What was the magazine tie-in from the original clue? It's still early and I haven't had caffeine. :sick:

    Easy bit of trivia for me to remember about that year concerns running back Archie Griffin. Griffin was born in '54 and wore #45. He was the Heisman winner in 1974 and again in 1975!
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    Omarman, you are correct in saying '54. You would have gotten half credit for Pontiac because they did indeed come out with an AC system with all components contained under the hood. It was, however, not integrated with the heater and I think it still only recirculated cabin air as opposed to bringing in fresh air. The magazine reference was to Old Cars Weekly, which had an article on the Nash system in the latest issue.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    I believe I was the first car to ever have a vinyl top applied over my metal roof and I was built in the good old U.S.

    Unheard of at the time.

    Who am I?
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    edited May 2011
    I am a '51 Ford. I believe you could also get the '51 Mercury with the vinyl top. Sharp cars!
  • motorcity6motorcity6 Posts: 427
    Had a 50 Ford Crestliner with flathead V-8, 3 on the column w/overdrive..Body color was bronze with brown and brown vinyl roof..Great car, purchased new, some engine modifications and dual ehaust..Car was driven approx 50k mi and traded in on another Ford..

    Side story, Ford dealer in Indpls, who was the original selling dealer after tradein reset the speedo to show 25k mi..Several yrs later the new owner contacted my family on a title mistake and he stated that the speedo reading at time of his accident due to a sandstorm in Ariz was 145k mi, car was totaled..

    After turning 16, my first car was a 48 Chevy Fleetmaster, which was a handed down to me and I managed to blow the engine and later roll the car..It survived with a new engine and a few new body parts.

    Back to the 50 Ford Crestliner, it was fast and fun..60 in o/d first and 90 in o/d second gear..and around 115 in o/d third..In essence it had 6 speeds forward..

    Our run of overdrive trannies and flat head V-8s was extended to 51, 52, and 53 models with the 54 model our first automatic V-8, Fordomatic with overhead valve engine..
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    "50 Ford Crestliner with flathead V-8, 3 on the column w/overdrive..Body color was bronze with brown and brown vinyl roof"

    Neat car. Interesting story.

    Those flathead V8s with dual exhausts sounded great.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    You nailed it! Good job!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    I grew up in a Chevy town and Fords weren't very cool.

    One summer, a guy parked a 1950 Crestliner on a busy street corner with a For Sale sign in it. This would have been in around 1968.

    Of course, I had to stop and look at it. It was a typical rust free So Calif car but it had it's share of scrapes and scratches etc. It was well used but overall, it was in good shape. It was priced at 200.00. It sat there for several weekends until it finally disappeared.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    edited May 2011
    I wonder what that Crestliner, in that condition, would be worth today?

    So, I take it Chevys were considered cooler in your town, in the early '50s. The few Chevys that were modified with split manifolds sounded neat. One guy in my town in WI had a '51 Plymouth with a split manifold, milled head, and other mods he wouldn't disclose, making it pretty quick for its day. He won quite a few bets against Fords and Chevys.
  • omarmanomarman Posts: 693
    That well known Frank Gorshin star vehicle, Dragstrip Girl, spawned a movie poster with a hot rod and a pair of 4 barrel carbs thrusting out of the engine bay. Who were the original vehicle builders and the carburetor maker offering factory-built high performance 4bbl V-8 engines long before the muscle car era? And what year did this airpower begin?
  • berriberri Posts: 4,142
    Wasn't the Crestliner just sort of a place holder because that chassis couldn't be converted to meet the new hardtop coupes from GM and then Chrysler? IIRC it wasn't much of a seller either. so I could see how it might be worth some money today. I always though the subsequent 52-54 Ford's were decent lookers for their day.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    You're correct regarding the Crestliner, and I agree with you on the '52-54s.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    edited May 2011
    A 50s Crestliner today, in "fair" condition, but solid, complete, unrusted, running....should be worth about $8500. As a nice clean #3 driver, about $17K and as a very sharp #2, north of $30K. The buyer pool for this type of car may be shrinking fast, however.

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    "The buyer pool for this type of car may be shrinking fast, however"

    A agree, as people who can remember the Crestliner dwindle. As for me, I remember it, but wouldn't buy one at those prices. I'd enjoy seeing one at a car show, though.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    My Dad's first car was a black 1950 Ford coupe, but it wasn't a Crestliner.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    Sort of an odd-looking thing, isn't it.

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,168
    edited May 2011
    That's indeed a nice one.

    Totally different, but that two-tone reminds me of a deep maroon and black New Beetle in the showroom of a local VW dealer. It really looked sharp. Color(s) can make such a difference!
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