Platte City has one of my favorite car cruises each month. Maybe it’s because I like Pizza Shoppe. Maybe I just think the Outta’ Control Hot Rods crew does a good job. Maybe it’s just because I like old cars wherever they are. I can’t explain it exactly, but that orange water tower seems to call my name on the third Saturday of every month.
This looked like a pretty decent ’66 Pontiac Lemans. It’s not a GTO, and it wasn’t pretending to be a GTO. That makes it better in my book. I actually like those little hash marks on the front fender of a Lemans better than the plain GTO fender. This one had 326 badges, so I assume that was what was under the hood. Of course, it had an aftermarket floor shifter, so I guess you can’t tell without looking. I just liked seeing it there with the vinyl top and full wheel covers.
This is a 1917 Willys-Overland. I probably couldn’t have told you that by looking, but there was a sign with that painted on it nearby. This car turns up at shows and cruises all the time, and normally it has a crowd around it. The fact that I was able to get an unobstructed photo is unusual. The owner always has old tools and other props on display with it. And while I wouldn’t be interested in driving it to St. Louis, it’s certainly a fun conversation piece. Just think—this car is 96 years old!
If you were in the market for a nice ’79 Coupe DeVille, this one happened to be for sale. These had a huge, 425-c.i. engine that wheezed out a not-so-huge 180-hp, but they were adequate for the late 1970s. My dad owned a few Cadillacs from this era back in the day, so everything looked pretty familiar in there to me. Can you imagine Cadillac building a car like this now? Me neither—but I’m glad there are still a few around to bring back some memories.
Also from the class of ’79 (and also for sale) was this 10th Anniversary Trans Am. I really think the silver interior was pretty in these, and the wheels and paint scheme let people know they were looking at something special. That 6.6-litre sticker and shaker hood was connected to a 403-c.i. Oldsmobile-derived V8. They only made 7,500 of these, so this was obviously the only one in the parking lot.