I saw this beautiful Corvette Stingray convertible on my way home from work a few days ago. I love my Celica convertible, but I couldn’t help feeling just a little jealous of this convertible…
The chrome bumpers on both front (you can see a tiny glint of chrome in front of the wheel) and rear indicate that this Corvette is, at the newest, a 1972 model. The chrome on the front was dropped in ’73 and the rear was restyled with an integrated plastic bumper for ’74. The last year for round exhaust cutouts was 1969, so this Corvette was built somewhere between 1970 and 1972.
A very nicely restored 1967 Chevy El Camino. Love the stock look. It must say something about our taste in cars that the most popular American coupe utility is one of the last of the class to appear on this blog…
Too bad it was rainy when Taylor spotted this Mercedes-Benz SL. On a nicer day it may have been driving around without its removable hardtop, like this example. It’s hard to positively identify the year of this SL, since they were built for nearly two decades without many exterior changes. Most year-to-year adjustments were made under the hood, but one significant change made in 1974 was the addition of huge “park bench” style bumpers which were designed to comply with US safety regulations. Many new cars in the US received unfortunate new bumpers for the 1974 so they could survive a 5 MPH collision with no damage.
We also appear to have a 1978 or 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo photobombing in the background.
My Dad had a ’54 Belair (I think the same color scheme as this one) when he married my mom in 1957. Somewhere I have a picture of it decorated with “Just Married” in shaving cream. I’ll find and post it sometime soon.
See if you can see my ’85 Brat in any of these pictures.
Hint: There is nothing quite like the chrome of the 50’s.
Just can’t get enough pictures of Chevy’s Advance Design trucks! 🙂 This pair is sitting in the parking lot of a small equipment rental business. It looks like they’ve been sitting for a long time (The ’52 still has a Utah license plate, but the registration hasn’t been current since 1985), and neither one is in very good condition. Neither one has an engine and the ’49 is missing the entire front clip. Even so, I think they’re great looking trucks.
Oh look! I found the hood!
This is another find from my time as a Mormon missionary in Missouri. This early Advance Design truck was sitting on the side of a dirt road in a small village in northern Missouri. These are my favorite old trucks, so it was a treat to find one out in the wild like this.
The Advance Design truck was introduced in 1947, and was Chevrolet’s first new truck design since before World War II. Until partway through 1949, the emblem on the side of the hood said either “Thriftmaster” or “Loadmaster.” In 1949 the badging was changed to instead show a number to designate the truck’s load capacity. Looking closely at this photo, you can see that the badge says “Loadmaster,” allowing us to determine that it was built sometime within the first two and a half years or so of Advance Design production.
1956 was the second year GM produced this style of Chevy pickups. These “Task Force” pickups replaced the earlier “Advance Design” trucks. The ’56 models differ from ’55 models by a wider Chevy emblem on the hood, and the badges on the front fenders, which the ’55 didn’t have. A different grill was used starting in 1957.