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.