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61 Chrysler Turbo
I remember most of those cars! Back in the 1950s the awesome GM used to have their annual Motorama at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami during the first week of February every year! I loved it and so did my brothers. As a kid was excited every year when it got to be February and the Motorama finally was here! Probably drive my Dad nuts a little bit because I would would want to go more than just one time to the Motorama to see all the neat cars. Both "future" ones and the annual new cars.
Back then cars had what I call personalities. Not only could you tell each brand but the year also. Now they all pretty much look alike. Hard to tell one brand from another until you go up and see what it says on it. Years don't change them much to get your attention. Models designated for the next year can come out any time. No big fanfare etc etc. Boring!
BIG difference back in the '50s! Cadillac had the fins. And they got bigger each year! I can tell you a funny but true story about the 1959 Caddys if your curious. Buick had the chrome spears on the side with the portholes on the front on the sides of the hoods. Depending on the engine size, you had 3 or 4 portholes. I can tell you the difference if anyone is curious. Oldsmobile had the rockets front and rear. Pontiac had the chrome strips in the front and rear hoods. Chevys were sexy looking and in the mid/late 50s took on the look of a miniCaddy.
It was always a very big deal each Fall in the 50s when the new cars came out. There would be a certain date when each new model year car made its debut! When the time was getting a close, maybe a couple of days out or so, and the dealers were getting some new models in, they would close the showrooms to the public and fog up all the windows so you could not what the new model year cars looked like! Then when the official new day came, the windows at the dealerships were all cleaned off and there would be an all day party at the dealers' showrooms showing the new model year cars. My favorite was the Buick so Dad would take us first to Ungar Buick on NE 2nd avenue in downtown Miami to see the new ones! The the next few nights we would go see the other new cars.
Most of the years it was very late October or early new November when the new cars came out. There would be a lot of ads on billboards and little ads songs on the radio for each car. Then when the 1957 models came out in the Fall of 1956, Ford wanted to get a head start on the competition. So to this day I can remember their billboards and ad songs on the radio that went, "The kissin' cousin of the Thunderbird arrives September twenty third!" Sure, I can sing it! Everyone was amazed that they were coming out so early! Oh yeah, the year before when the 56 Fords were coming out their ad song was, "Is it you I see in your 56 Ford, riding with your head held high! Is it Thunderbird styling is it Thunderbird power, that puts that gleam in your eye!"
And sure I remember others! The ad slogan for the '57 Chevys, "Sweet, Smooth and Sassy! And the song, "See the U S A in your Chevrolet".....I think the 57 Chevys had about 32 colors to choose from. And all makes back then had a lot of choices! With a lot of 2 tone combos, and Buick even had 3 tone combos. Now days you are lucky to have about at least 8 colors to choose to from! And they are all solid! Mostly gray or silver or tan or black or white, maybe red. But that's about it! Boring! No 3 or so shades of blues or greens now. Don’t see any yellow anymore or orange.
Nearly every car had a song melody back then. Here are some:
"How I love to drive my Buick........
Driving down the road on Sunday.......
My Buick, my love, and I ! ".
Monday night black & white TV, 8:00pm , the Milton Berle Show. Buick was his sponsor. With that song in the back ground, the ending commercial of his program always showed the smiling Milton Berle driving a Buick convertible down the new Rickenbaker Causeway from the Miami mainland over to the recently opened Key Biscayne. It was awesome! People in Miami loved it! National attention for Miami was not so common back then. And when it was, it was always positive.
"In my merry Oldsmobile, won't you come with me Lucille, in a Rocket 88......."
"It's Pontiac! Dollar for dollar you can't beat a Pontiac!"
Oops, sorry. Now I realize this was long. Hope it wasn't too boring. 50s were an awesome and fun time! Especially about the cars!
My Mothers land yacht was great for the drive in
This designer must have been trippin'... on bad stuff when he designed this monstrosity.
Geez, I love that! Miami Beach back in the good old days! Brings back a ton of great memories!
I was reminded about a saying I used to hear after Ray's trip down memory lane. Happy as a man driving a 4 hole Buick!