Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Classic Cars on Franklin


The chain-link fencing doesn't exactly do wonders for the photos, but neither did holding the camera above the fence and hoping that I had the angle right. Either way, I've noticed a pair of classic cars holding court on the avenue in the past few weeks, and my curiosity finally got the best of me.

The first photo is of a GMC 3100, built for both GMC and Chevy by General Motors from 1947-1955. They're fairly popular machines on the classic-truck circuit as far as I can tell--one such model nearly cost this guy his marriage! GMC also used the chassis and nose for fire trucks in the early 1950s.

The second car pictured is readily identifiable by the bird logo on its side. It's a Ford Thunderbird, and judging from my comparisons with Wikipedia's exhaustive article and photos, it dates from 1964-66 (the "fourth generation" if you speak automotive).

Today's Fun Fact: A "thunderbird" was a mythical creature whose beating wings stirred thunder in the American Indian legends of the Northwest, Great Plains, and Southwest. Today, it's a car, a USAF demonstration pilot, an online business school, an email app, a British superhero, a Santa Barbara real estate company, a fortified wine, or a bass guitar, depending on who you ask.

12 comments:

  1. I'm sort of curious about what is going on in that little house

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  2. Me too. I've never seen anything going on there, but that doesn't mean there isn't an aging T-Bird enthusiast living inside it.

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  7. Very nice write up. Easy to understand and straight to the point.

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  8. Amazing classic car and thanks for this wonderful post on classic car…..I have been through many classic car shows and its really make me feel more lucky and happy that I have seen every classic car model and many people still love classy classic car. Though classic cars are very expensive they have a great performance and the best engine power which make it more amazing to drive…

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  10. Thunderbird is a pretty awesome name for the car, don't you think? It's a name with power and authority, giving the vehicle a kind of weight in its personality. Anyway, is there any other info about why those two cars are hanging around that place? It seems like the type of vehicle that you'd see in those old-school car shows.

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  11. You’re right, Carrie. These two classic cars should be in a classic car show and not in a fenced yard. That Ford T-Bird looks so lonely, and it seems like it could use a little refurbishing. Perhaps waxing and repainting will do to make it look stylish again.

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