The front grille of a 1961 Lincoln Continental. I'm pretty sure this is a junkyard shot, not the car show, but it was in the same folder as the show photos and I never miss an excuse to feature a Lincoln in this blog!
1959 Ford Skyliner retractable hardtop, showing off all of its moving parts. These cars are still jaw-dropping when seen in action. I could watch the roof go up and down all day long!
Early 1950s Muntz Jet. This was a very limited production car, built by Earl "Madman" Muntz a very successful used-car salesman and early TV impresario from California. For a short history of this very cool footnote in automotive history, click over to this How Stuff Works page.
The interior of the Muntz Jet featuring classic fifties Tuck-and-Roll pleated vinyl upholstery and full instrumentation.
The free-standing taillights of the Exner-designed 1962 Imperial. This was a Crown convertible, one of the loveliest body styles for these cars, ones that were extremely rare even when new with only 554 produced. For a website on Imperial's 1962 production figures, with some cool illustrations, click here.
"Fluid Drive" was a Chrysler transmission introduced in 1939 and offered through the late '40s. It wasn't an automatic transmission, but offered some of the same ease of driving. For a detailed explanation, click here. This was a time when the automakers gave their new features great marketing names and often touted them on the exterior of the cars themselves. This great scripted font was found on the rear bumper of a late 1940s Chrysler sedan.
How'd this British sports car sneak in? Regional Connecticut cars shows tend to not be marques- or country-specific, even to this day. The British car show I went to last summer had several domestic makes included. Nice cars are nice cars, and usually allowed on the field. We ain't no Pebble Beach, lol, though we certainly have our esteemed concours as well, notably the Greenwich show. Shown above is the Triumph TR3's hood lettering and artistic logo.
1957 Desoto Firesweep. These tower of taillights are as distinctive and dramatic today as they were in 1957 and in 1980 when I photographed this example.