We’re going to take a slight detour today from our latest series “Toad Trucks” and take a look at a classic car that we found at the Antique Truck Show over the weekend. It was such fabulous find we just had to create a special photoblog post to showcase it. We’re back tomorrow with some cool new truck photos, so please do stay tuned for that.
I love, love, love old cars. Always have, always will. Some of them are pretty obscure and rare, and this further drives my love for them, if you’ll pardon the expression.
As we left the Antique Truck Show this weekend, we encountered this gem in the parking lot. The vibrant orange caught my eye from across the lot, and I was immediately drawn to check out this wonderful old Studebaker Flight Hawk.
She might not have the shiniest paint here, and she’s definitely got the odd minor blemish here and there. But if you look at the overall condition of the car, paying close attention to the chrome bumpers and accents, you will notice they are in absolutely remarkable condition. I believe this is the original paint job.
This would definitely be a restoration specialists dream car. Notice the hub caps are in near perfect condition as is the chrome trim. Usually in old cars that are rather neglected, this chrome is extremely pitted and/or rusty, or in some cases even missing entirely. This car seems to have all its bits and pieces intact.
They sure weren’t afraid to apply chrome during these times, and in my books, this is just wonderful. The interior of this car is in really fantastic condition, further bolstering the impression that this car is a one or two owner car that was and continues to be loved very much.
I just love the body lines and styling cues employed during this period of car design. There is something of interest to behold at every corner and the overall sense is of grace and beauty. This generation car was born in a much simpler time when family values were the core of our communities, today’s cars largely lack this emotional appeal. Not to say there aren’t beautiful cars today, there sure are; it’s just that something has been lost in translation. I find myself drawn back time and time again to the old classics. I suspect I always will.
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