Studebaker Avanti R2. This was a supercharged version of the Avanti, but I'm pretty sure that "grille" was a homemade attempt to better cool the engine. I've googled and researched and can find no other Avanti so equipped. I can't say it does a thing for the appearance! I think it probably looked better on the charcoal cooker it came from, lol.
1948 Chrysler Town & Country. The wooden-sided convertible was postwar glamour at its best. Chrysler could have beaten GM with the first postwar hardtop convertible, they built a few prototypes of one, but for some reason, management nixed it. This convertible came with a straight-8 engine. For a website devoted to these classics, click here.
The first "real" postwar designed Chrysler was the 1949 model. This is the '49 Town & Country convertible, again available only with a straight-8 engine. I can't really tell from this photo if this is an early '49, which came with mahogany inserts in between the ash timber frames, or a later '49 which had painted inserts, and my notes were incomplete.
This damaged photo shows the Jet-Age 1963 Imperial's squarish steering wheel. This wheel was Exner flamboyance at its absolute zenith, having been available since 1960.
This photo was found with Google Images from a '63 Imperial for sale. I thought this exuberantly styled interior warranted a better photo than mine above. Pushbutton transmission to the left, pushbutton climate control to the right, this Imperial had a style all of its own!
Two examples of Oldsmobile's personal luxury coupe, the Starfire. The 1962 edition is on the left, and features GM's new hardtop coupe roofline, shared with Chevrolet, Pontiac and Buick. It featured built in "ribs" for a convertible look, and replaced a much more flowing roofline with thinner pillars. The 1966 Starfire, right, the last year for this nameplate on a full sized car, shows off its svelte roofline with a concave rear window, shared only with the Pontiac Grand Prix.
The highly stylized nameplate for the 1957 Pontiac Bonneville, the first year for this iconic model.