Of course, when you get this many old cars together, there are going to be a bunch of favorites. For example, there was a ’74 Laguna S-3 there with a 454 big block and swivel seats. And it was parked next to a ’73 Monte Carlo, also stuffed with big block power. Plus, as we were leaving, we met another white ’73 Monte Carlo coming into the show. I’m a big fan of the old Colonnade style of early/mid ‘70s GM intermediates, and seeing three of them at one show is pretty rare.
Oh, and in keeping with the 1970s theme for a second, there was also a ’73 Caprice four door hardtop (and another 454). No one else would probably ever give that car a second look, but since my dad always drove Caprices as Chevrolet company cars, I probably rode in hundreds of these when I was growing up. My first ride home from the hospital was in a ’73 Caprice, and my sister came home three years later in a new ’76. Dad owned a few of this vintage along the way too. It just brought back some memories. This was a pretty nice car, especially considering how prone to rust these were. It could stand a little detailing, though. I’d love to get my hands on that car and get to work.
There were a number of ’57 Chevys, as there are at most car shows. But parked in a line of three-in-a-row was a Surf Green Bel Air Convertible, and it was a pretty thing. It was cool and refreshing like whipped pistachio salad, and the interior almost looked like a place you could hang out even on the hottest day with the top down and never break a sweat. And on top of that, it was also a pretty nice car.
There were lots of great hot rods in attendance. I really liked the traditional look of the ’36 Ford coupe in the picture here. But there was a whole selection of high-boys, low riders, and lead sleds to satisfy any rod or custom jones. These are the type of cars you’d expect to see at Goodguys or Sedalia, but there were quite a few of them in this parking lot.
There were quite a few Corvettes, and several of those were ’63-‘67s, which you know I love. One of the more interesting ones, I suppose, was a heavily modified red roadster that mimicked the look of the 1963-up Grand Sport cars that Chevrolet showed and raced back in the day. The one at the show was actually a real attention-getter, although the ‘70s GM sport mirrors and ‘80s leather-covered steering wheel take you out of the moment a bit. Nonetheless, there was always a crowd around this high-quality car.
Do you like your old cars a little more original and subdued? How about this nice ’40 Mercury convertible? This car was neat as a pin, with its Flathead V8 under the hood, and cool accessories like a bumper guard and driver’s side spotlight. This is just like the one your grandpa bought new.
I went crazy with the pictures this time, but luckily digital photography is cheap. The slideshow below has 417 pictures, so it’s going to take you a long time to get to my old ’63 Chevy truck at the end. Or, click this link for a nicer version of the slideshow.