The dramatic front fender of the 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster. This was the 4-seater Tbird convertible, with a fiberglass tonneau cover over the rear seats making it an ersatz 2-seater. The logo underneath the Thunderbird script signals the Sports Roadster, which was available with a triple carburetor V8.
1956 Imperial Southampton 4-door pillarless hardtop, the first year of this body style by Chrysler. It was available from the Plymouth right on up the corporate ladder, including Dodge, Desoto, Chrysler and Imperial. Exner's Classic-era cues on this "Forward Look" Imperial included the separate fin-mounted taillights and large eagle-shaped trunk medallion.
The now-classic Buick Valve-in-Head inline Eight Fireball engine from the 1930s through the early 1950s.
GM's 1959 finned wonders were represented by the low- and top-line models at this show, the Chevy Impala at the left, and the Cadillac Series 62 convertible at the right. Batwing or Rocket Ship—it was your choice to make in '59! Though every full-size GM car, from Chevy and Pontiac through Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac, for the first time in GM history shared front door skins, windshields and a couple of roof stampings, this platform sharing was certainly not evident from the rear on any model.
1958 was the first year for the Chevrolet Impala, a nameplate that would become one of the best-selling cars in all of the history of American cars. This first year edition coupe, a one-year only body design, features the triple taillights-per-side that would become an Impala hallmark, as well as that staple of Fiftie's kitsch, the Continental Kit spare tire carrier. Those of us with eagle eyes will notice the Continental Mark II on the right, an example with air conditioning as evidenced by the scoop just below the rear quarter window and C pillar.
Also in attendance at this 1980 Connecticut car show, was this 1968 Mustang "California Special" edition 2-door notchback. This was a trim package for the base coupe, and for a limited edition, I've been lucky enough to see several of them through the years. I even used to pass one daily on my walk to work in, you guessed it, California, lol.