JUNE 2010-1960 PLYMOUTH: THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF A TRUE FAMILY CAR
Ben Deutschman is one of those extremely lucky car guys-he still has the family car he grew up with during the primetime Baby Boom era-In fact,he'll celebrate a family Golden Anniversary with the car this month- “My 1960 Plymouth Savoy was purchased new by my father on June 13, 1960 from Rossmeyer Chrysler/Plymouth in Metuchen, NJ Since the purchase of the 60 came not long after having moved into a new home, my father wasn't exactly flush with cash with which to buy, or run a new car.
However, the 1949 Plymouth he was driving was on its last legs, and a replacement for it was imperative. Therefore, though a new car purchase had been decided upon as unavoidable, the car had to be reasonable in cost to purchase and operate, thus a six cylinder Savoy model became the vehicle of choice for my father”.
The car was a typical automotive purchase of the early 1960s-practical and not very glamorous.
JUNE 2010-A VERY UNUSUAL 1955 BUICK RESTO-MOD DROP TOP
1955 Buick Century convertibles are a rare breed on the road. Ian Harryet’s tricked out 1955 Buick resto-mod is one of a kind rare. This is a striking example of one car guy’s vision of the perfect marriage between old school looks and newer technology.
Ian stayed with Buick under the hood. The major muscle under the hood is a 455 Buick big block that got massaged into a street monster before it found its new home. The car’s first 455 big block went south after only 65 miles when it started knocking out a death rattle beat. Ian limped it home at a top speed of 5 mph by journey’s end.
But it got Ian home before it died.
JUNE 2010-A STRETCHED K CAR MAKES FOR A VERY UNUSUAL LIMO
1986 Chrysler LeBarons were not the stuff of dreams, but they were a reliable upscale workhorse from the upper end of the famous K car platform that put Chrysler back on the right path in the 80s. The Chrysler minivan redefined the family car philosophy when it ran the station wagon off the road in the coveted average family market.
The K cars were not glamorous, but they got the job done. So we were a little surprised when we saw this 1986 Chrysler limousine at a Mopar meet.
Needless to say, there was only one of them at that show. We guessed that this stretched-out LeBaron is a very rare vehicle.
In fact, it is one of only 128 made, so it is indeed a rare kind of K car.
JUNE 2010-A LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO A GOLDEN ERA MODEL A
Al Behuncik has always been a dedicated Model A guy. He was a 16 year old when he drove his first Model A to school and it was a high school romance that stood the test of time. Al was hooked on the Model A’s at an early age and the feelings never died like most adolescent crushes.
Al spent a lot of time on the road as a member of the armed forces, so he had to wait awhile before he could reconnect with his Model A passion. That took place in 1974 when he bought his Model A coupe for $435.00.
It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
JUNE 2010 - A 1963 DODGE WITH A FRANKENSTEIN FACTORY BUILD HISTORY
One of the oddball features of the North American car history is the differences between American and Canadian models of the same car.
An American model would separate Plymouth from Dodge in almost every way.
The same could not be said for the Canadian models where cosmetic features from both Plymouth and Dodge would end up on a Dodge. The practice was common in the 50s, and it produced strange Franken-finned cars call “Plodges” in collector world from the Canadian branch of Chrysler Corp.
Things changed in 1965 when Canada and the US signed a mutual automotive manufacturing agreement that merged the direction into a common one for both countries and eventually phased out Canadian car names like Beaumont and Laurentian.
This mini history lesson brings me to this car story about a 1963 Canadian Dodge with some peculiar Canadian features.
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