Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Another great night at the Liberty Cruise

The fourth Saturday of the month is always a good one for Kansas City car enthusiasts, because that’s when cars line the streets of the historic downtown Liberty square.   And with perfect weather and a holiday weekend, May’s event was one of the best so far this year.  If you missed it, you missed out.  But we’ll do our best to give you a virtual tour.
I have a ’63 Chevy C-10, so on the rare occasion that I see another one, I really pay attention.  This particular example makes mine look like a salvage vehicle.  Forum sponsor Zwygart’s Hot Rodz restored this truck over the course of three years, and all that time paid off.  This is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen.  I talked with the owner a bit, and he said that his grandfather bought it new for $1,800.  He plans to keep it in the family forever, which is perfect, because no one in their right mind would let go of a pristine family heirloom like this.

I had never seen this ’77 El Camino before, but it is a surprisingly nice one.  I have a little experience with these, because my dad had one around when I was learning how to drive.  I like this one better than my dad’s though.  I think this Orange Poly is a good color; and I even kind of like the vinyl top.  The bedrails are also a nice touch.  This one had Nixon, Bush, Reagan, and Romney bumper stickers in varying degrees of disintegration on the tailgate, which indicates that it must have belonged to the same owner for a long time.  You also have a good indication of their political affiliation.

This ’52 Plymouth Cranbrook four-door sedan is a regular at the Liberty cruise.  It has been grabbing that same corner spot for years—the cruise just wouldn’t be the same without it.  It’s obviously done up in Liberty police livery, complete with gumball light and growler siren.  It’s such a fixture that it’s easy to forget about it, but it is actually a nice little car.  It even has its original flathead inline six under the hood.  I do like the car, but if I ever find myself in the position that I have to run from the police, I hope they’re driving these.

Normally, these glossy, modernized cars don’t trip my trigger, but I’m making an exception for this ’70 Mercury Cougar XR-7.  This thing is just nice, inside and out.  And the quality of all the work is just impeccable.  From the custom leather interior to the Rocket five-spoke wheels, someone really spent some time with this one.  The emblem on the dashboard said it was an XR-7C, which is not a designation I’m familiar with.  Either that’s something really rare, or it’s an owner-concocted model name.  Either way, this is an extraordinarily nice cougar.

You want pictures?  We got pictures.  There are 180 of them in the slideshow below, or click this link for a better version.

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