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Mystery car pix

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  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,006
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,592
    edited March 2013
    That's the Saint Louis Auto Show of 1953 and I believe those are all 1953 model cars. The swept swing jet was the iconic aircraft of it's day, the F-86 Sabre, fresh from establishing air superiority over Korea and fervently worshipped by every 10 y/o boy in the land, myself included.

    The Sabrejet was a big influence on car designers of the day as well. Harley Earl's 1953 GM leSabre Concept car presaged the major styling trends of the 1950s>

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    Anyone want to guess make and/or models of the cars surrounding the jet?

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • berriberri Posts: 4,138
    There's some interesting stories on how desperately the Soviets wanted one of those F-86's and how after they finally got a hold of one it quickly got reflected in the newer MIG's, but never quite matched up.

    I believe those are Packard's in the foreground.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    I actually saw one of those planes with a pilot climbing out of the cockpit in 1989(!), when I was visiting a friend at China lake.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,138
    Interesting place, as is Eglin AFB.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,592
    edited March 2013
    Yup there are two Packards in the photo, the convertible under the near wing and a two door next to it. In addition I see several more identifiable cars

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    I see a couple of 53 Oldsmobiles. A 2 door facing straight ahead and a 4 door facing to the right , next to the security guard.
    Also, a 53 Chevy just behind the back of the jet.
  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 476
    I'll grab the Jeep pick-up and wagon upstairs.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,592
    No one has mentioned the Willys Aero sedan under the Sabre's nose and next to it it is a Willys Jeep CJ3A.

    '53 Willys Aero brochure.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,592
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    Lots of domestics and imports from the early 60s in this movie I came across.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    The blue convertible looks like a Maserati of some sorts. The brown car to the left could be a Facel Vega?

    The blue convertible facing us looks like a 63 Impala. That's all I can guess.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,496
    I'll let others have a stab at things, and just pick off the higher line MB Ponton just behind the guy walking on the driver's side of the Impala.
  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 476
    1958 Cadillac.
    1954 Cadillac.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,592
    edited March 2013
    You're doing Okay Boomer. You're correct on all three. The Facel Vega is an HK500 (powered by Chrysler Hemi)

    The convertible is a Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder, ca.1962. The Vignale Spyder is my favorite Maserati and IMO one of the best-looking cars ever. I first saw one in the 1962 Road & Track Road Test Annual but I finally saw the actual car at an auto auction in 2009 and I wasn't disappointed except that there was no way I could bid on it (it went for about $165K IIRC).

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,592
    1958 Cadillac.

    1954 Cadillac.


    Yep, there's a pinkish '58 Cadillac just beyond the grey station wagon (I can't tell if that's a '53/'54 Plymouth or an International Traveall) and a white Caddy with smallish fins near the top of the picture (looks like a '55 or '56 to me but could be a '54)

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    There's also a big black Cadillac limo to the right of the picture, maybe a 55.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,138
    A Facel Vega is certainly an odd fit in that pix! That may be a Renault Dauphine behind the Limo? Interesting pix and mix.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    That car brhind the limo was familiar, but I couldn't remember what it was.
    I think you are right, Renault Dauphine.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,329
    edited March 2013
    Just in front of the truck with a canvas bed shell (can anyone identify the truck?) is what seems to be a white Fiat spider (1500?) and then an early '50s Plymouth wagon.

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

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,592
    edited March 2013
    Good eye on the Fiat, the pretty little Pininfarina bodied cabriolet was built as a 1200, 1500 and 1600 between 1959 and 1963.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

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