Car Show

My friend Darrell gave me a free ticket and VIP parking pass to the annual Tucson Classics Car Show, so I spent a happy morning mooning over beautiful metal.

Car shows and auctions these days are dominated by 1970s muscle cars (this one was no exception), but I’m interested in older, stock cars, the kind I used to see on the road when I was a kid in the 1950s, and I’m particularly attracted to the orphan brands: Nashes, Kaisers, Packards, Hudsons, Studebakers, and so on. Alas, the only Studebakers were Avantis, the only Nash was a Nash-Healey, and the sole Kaiser was a Darrin. I was hoping for Champions, Ambassadors, and Manhattans. But by God I saw a Terraplane, and you don’t see many of those!

Enjoy the photos. Click to make ’em larger.

1951 Hudson

1951 Hudson

Hudson Twin H Power

Hudson Twin H-Power

A/C in '51?

A/C in '51?

Kaiser-Darrin

Kaiser-Darrin

Clean '56 VW

Clean '56 VW

Corvair

Corvair

Another orphan brand

Another orphan brand

1930s Stodgemobile

1930s Stodgemobile

1930s LaSalle

1930s LaSalle

Death by dashboard I

Death by dashboard I

Death by dashboard II

Death by dashboard II

Death by dashboard III

Death by dashboard III

1949 Mercury

1950 Mercury

Packard

Packard

Ferrari straight six!

Ferrari straight six!

Cadillac flathead V8

Cadillac flathead V8

Ford simplicity

Ford simplicity

National Runabout

National Runabout

Fins, schmins . . .

Fins, schmins . . .

. . . we want tits!

. . . we want tits!

But this is even sexier!

But this is even sexier!

Veteran from 1910

Veteran from 1910

These were options then

Frivolous options (then)

Pierce-Arrow mascot

Pierce-Arrow mascot

1951 Nash Healey

1951 Nash Healey

Terraplane

Terraplane

GMC cabover

GMC cabover

Jag XK120

Jag XK120

Jag E-type

Jag E-type

Chrysler Airflow

Chrysler Airflow

© 2009, Paul Woodford. All rights reserved.

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