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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    1951 Packard Mayfair.
    1959 Chevrolet Parkwood station wagon.
    1956 Ford.
    1960 Chevrolet Bel Air or Biscayne sedan.
    1962 Dodge Dart.
    1964 Mercury
    Might be a 1963 Chevrolet behind the Mercury.
    1962 Buick.

    Don't know what the little car in the street is. A Hillman maybe?
  • magnettemagnette London UKPosts: 1,884
    The little car is a Fiat - I think an 1100-103 or more likely a 1200....
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    That Dodge looked weird even then.

    Fun to see what streets looked like when my fintail was new. It must feel like a fish out of water today.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    based on what the domestics were putting out in the early 60s, it probably felt like a fish out of water back then too.

    I felt the same way about the 1969 Volvo my parents bought new. Compared to the full-size ford and chevy mastodon wagons many families were tooling around in back then, it was like we were from Mars.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    Luckily for it (and a contributor as to why it still exists), it was sold new in LA, so it had some relatives on the roads to make it feel less homesick :shades: ...but had the car been sold in the midwest or in a small town, no doubt it would have looked kind of odd.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,393
    A lot of Fintails and Pontons were brought back to the US by servicemen returning from European tours. A good many of 'em ended up in odd places. I knew an old guy in Hillsdale, NY who ran a Fintail (220S?)
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,393
    It looks more like a Fiat 1200. Although hugely popular abroad not too many Millecentos made it to the States but the 1200 sold a bit here. My FIL had an 1100 while he was in Europe and liked it so much he bought a 1200 back in trhe US. My wife learned to drive on it (four on the tree!).
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    I wonder where they got them serviced when things went wrong. The more capable Stude shops might have liked the extra business, anyway.

    I see them selling to servicemen, as well as professors, doctors, engineers, etc, but not the local social climber unlike today.
  • wgraferwgrafer Posts: 591
    Great job! Those were the days.... One exception: the Dodge Dart is a '61, not a '62. Looks like a Seneca :blush:
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,271
    I see them selling to servicemen, as well as professors, doctors, engineers, etc, but not the local social climber unlike today.

    Yes indeed. One of my father's colleagues (veterinary researcher) was sent over to Germany for a couple of months in the mid-60s when the firm bought a company there. He came home with a fintail 220SE that had the speedometer calibrated in kph. His driving age (just) son liked to take people out in it and show them its 'high speed capability' (see, I'm going 100 and it feels like I'm going 60). He could keep some people going for a while as long as there was no other traffic on the road to compare speed with.

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    edited June 2012
    Well, they did have sports car performance :shades:

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    But yeah, one of these was good for maybe 105-110 tops, with everything running right and all the stars aligned - and once you hit 90 or so, it takes forever to get to another mph. A 300SE fintail could do more, but those were rare even then. The speedometer is also optimistic. Still, if one was to spend say 3 hours going 80-90, this would be one of the best cars of the period to do it in.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,271
    Oh yeah. Even at the tender age of 16 or so and sitting in the passenger's seat I could tell that it was something special. I never got to drive it, but just the sound of the doors closing and the feel of the controls was enough. I did get to drive my mother's cousin's 190D a few later, and it had the same qualities. The speedometer on that one was, of course, calibrated in calendar days.

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    It must have been kind of exotic at the time, with FI and disc brakes and pretty much jewel like build quality, not to mention the then-odd brand.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,001
    the Dodge Dart is a '61, not a '62

    I recall that Mr Drysdale's secretary, Miss Hathaway, drove a 62 Dodge Polara convertible on the Beverly Hillbillies. I can see how people can get confused though because I think Dodge rushed out a slightly face-lifeted 62 Custom 880 (or some such moniker) based on the Chrysler Newport after the downsized 62's debacle.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,001
    I liked the styling, and unique MB presentation on a number of the 60's models. They stood out back then, fintails included.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,271
    It impressed me as very exotic in the best of ways. In addition to the precision of the build and the controls, it was so focused on the job at hand; to transport people. This, of course, was still a time when styling and image were the dominant priorities in domestic cars.

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    edited June 2012
    Looks like a Ford Cortina or Taunus (most likely) wagon with a ca. 1970 Fiat in the foreground.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,393
    Yup, the (german) Ford Taunus is a '76. That slice of Fiat visible looks like a 124 Saloon (sedan).
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    edited June 2012
    I took the below picture today at the Palmyra Fireman's Carnival. I will post 2 additional pics of vehicles you can't see in the line-up picture.

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    Line-up

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    Almost looks like an advertisement with grandma standing there...lol.

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    This one is actually Street Legal and you can barely make it out in the Line-up picture.

    Odie
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