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Mystery car pix

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  • omarmanomarman Posts: 693
    That '57 Ford reminds me of this emotorcon...
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  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 476
    1952 Hudson
  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 476
    Tammy Tell Me True (1961).
    Oops, this isn't Mystery Movie Pix.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,501
    I think whatever is behind the Beetle about 3/4 of the way up and on the left is the oldest. Maybe a late 40s Chevy or Buick.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    i think the '61 Chevy in the oncoming lane (behind the '57 Ford and '58 Chevy) is the newest car, and probably dates the photo.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,501
    What's the car just to the top right of the head of the man in the foreground?

    I also see what looks like a 61 Ford wagon just behind the same man.
  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 476
    1961 Buick Special
  • wgraferwgrafer Posts: 591
    "It that some sort of early Cushman metermaid Truckster on the right against the curb? "

    Looks like the typical early 60s Harley Davidson police 3-wheeler. I remember Hackensack NJ had a fleet of these when I was a kid.

    I also see several '61s, including the white Pontiac in the next block.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    In mag reviews, it outperformed Japanese stuff.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,958
    That would explain the lack of a cab, although some early Cushmans were cabless. The Harleys weren't "typical" when I was growing up, but my "city" was just 12,000 back then. Mostly I remember cops walking the downtown and checking the doorknobs, although we did have parking meters.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    Outperform a Datsun 510, Toyota Corona or BMW 2002? Extremely unlikely.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,149
    if we are still talking Vegas, I assume that meant stuff like a Datsun 1200, or a corolla.

    a 510/2002 was a class above at that point I would assume (and certainly more expensive!)

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    i think the '61 Chevy in the oncoming lane (behind the '57 Ford and '58 Chevy) is the newest car, and probably dates the photo.

    The '61s are the newest, besides the Chevy, there's a Ford wagon going the other way near it a Pontiac approaching halfway up the road and the compact Buick Special parked on the right. If you look behind the bus in the lane going away you can just make out another '61 Chevy.

    At Hemmings.com they think the old Hudson and the Ford near it are the oldest cars (ca. '52-'53).

    I'm struck by the lack of imports, aside from the lone VW. Madison is a big college town, where are the VeeDubs, Volvos, Sprites or MGs. It's also odd that there aren't any motorcycles. In my (much smaller) college town Triumphs, BSAs, Moto Guzzis and Nortons were all the rage in the early 60s.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
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    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Outperform a Datsun 510, Toyota Corona or BMW 2002? Extremely unlikely.

    Um...in its price class?

    Not rewriting history...check out some old C&D, MT, R&T articles that are probably online someplace.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,501
    Datsun/Nissan Stanza 5 door made from around 1982-86 or so.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,138
    I'm struck by the lack of imports, aside from the lone VW.

    Well, if Madison was like Chicago and Milwaukee in 1961, you were much more likely to see a Rambler American than an import. Oddly, I recall from my youth back then that an import that was relatively popular in the Chicago area was the TR-3. I saw more of them than MG's or Austin Healey's. There were some VW's of course, but they really seemed more common later in the 60's in that area. Another unusual thing, at least in the suburbs, was that the more popular motorcycles seemed to be Asian crotch rocker models as the 60's progressed.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    edited July 2013
    you were much more likely to see a Rambler American than an import.

    I have no doubt of that, since they were made in Kenosha WI but I don't see any Ramblers in that Madison photo either. :confuse:

    My college town was in Western NY State, so halfway between the import heavy East Coast and the Mid West but it featured an amazing variety of imports both two and four wheeled. One kid had a badly beat up Porsche Speedster and my roomie had a TR-3, another roomie had a hardtop (FHC) MG-A
    Of course there were lots of VWs and Ghias but we even had such oddities as a Lancia Appia, some DKWs, Volvos, Saabs and an Alfa Giulietta Spider that got traded in for a Mustang in '64. It was the Golden Age of Euro imports, I remember it fondly.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    I guess we'd have to define the rather mushy word "outperform". Are we talking 0-60? Brakes?

    If we're talking TOTAL car, including braking, handling, the heater, the durability of the engine, etc, then the VW Bug would be right down there with the Fiats and English Fords.

    If you meant 'build quality" of the body and materials used in the interior, I'd give the nod to the VW.

    the 1971 Corolla was a NICE little car. I wouldn't mind having one today!

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
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    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

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