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#251 of 366 Re: . [uplanderguy]
Dec 11, 2011 (8:05 am)
1961 was a good year for GM styling. The big Pontiac was my favorite. I liked all of the big Chevy's during that period. The 61 was a stunner when it came out. The 62 was very simple and elegant, but some criticize it as so clean as to be somewhat invisible. The 63 was very popular. Some didn't like the change from bubbletop to a more formal coupe roofline, but I liked it. However, I prefered the big Ford that year. 64 was probably my least favorite of that era, although still decent. I thought the styling was a bit heavy and still preferred the Ford. The 65 was my favorite. I think they stepped backwards with the 66 update. I thought it was too squared off in the front and I didn't care for the back end either. But I liked the 67 including the extended fastback coupe that seemed to either be a like or hate affair.
#252 of 366 Re: . [berri]
Dec 11, 2011 (8:17 am)
I love the 1961 Chevrolet and I can be a bit biased as it is the very first car I can remember as my Dad had a 1961 Biscayne two-door sedan when I was a very young child. Even that "plain jane" 6-cylinder sedan was a sharp car. Unlike most Biscaynes of the time, Dad's car had whitewall tires and full-wheel discs that really dressed it up.
Dec 11, 2011 (8:48 am)
I like Biscaynes of the '60's better than Bel Airs. They always just put a side strip of stainless smack down the middle of the side of the Bel Air, no matter where the natural feature lines of the car were..
#254 of 366 Re: . [berri]
Dec 11, 2011 (9:28 am)
This stuff and the blog topic got me to remembering that I used to collect model car promos, those plastic, already put together 1/24 scale ones when I was a kid. Had a couple dozen from the early and mid sixties. No Chevy's, but they included a 61 Pontiac convertible, 62 Buick coupe, 64 Grand Prix and 65 Bonneville convertible. When I got holiday or birthday money I'd go down to the hobby shop and pick one. I think they were two bucks or $2.50 back then. I gave them to some younger cousins when I left home for college and they ended up being used as toys. I'm reminded of that blunder every couple of months when I receive my copy of Collectible Automobile magazine and look at model market values today. Now I've made a few bad stock investments over the years, but on a strictly lost return on investment basis, this was probably the worst decision I ever made! At least the model planes I put together from kits didn't really retain much value, so they didn't repeat the lost potential gains.
#255 of 366 Re: . [berri]
Dec 11, 2011 (10:35 am)
I have a few promos in my pile of junk (too lazy for proper pics)
63 Galaxie and 62 T-Bird:
I had a few more in the past, including a 49 Ford, but I sold them when I was younger. Some of the real muscle car promos can bring good money.
#256 of 366 Re: Retro Rockets [lemko]
Dec 11, 2011 (11:01 am)
Around 1960, Tootsietoy noticed the huge and sudden success of Matchbox cars, and issued some challengers. The crudity of these makes the Matchbox models look like precise miniatures.
The tootsie 60 Caddy:
And the lovely Matchbox Caddy:
#257 of 366 Re: . [fintail]
Dec 11, 2011 (11:14 am)
I had one similar to that 63 Ford XL convertible, but I think it was a bit more beige. Always liked that car for some reason.
#258 of 366 Re: . [berri]
Dec 11, 2011 (6:31 pm)
I got to thinking about the 63 full sized Ford and maybe I'm fond of it because it looks like something Bill Mitchell would have done if he designed a Ford in those days. Clean styling, good looking, but still retaining a bit of that Ford heritage like the big round tail lights. I thought the previous 61 and 62 Ford's were a bit dull in comparison.
#259 of 366 Re: . [berri]
Dec 11, 2011 (6:33 pm)
When I was a pre-driving teen (early 90s), I wanted a 63 Galaxie XL convertible for my first car. There was a dark red one languishing under a carport a few blocks from my house...I was smitten for some reason, I wanted to rescue that thing, but of course, not for sale. I drove by it years later and the house was empty.
#260 of 366 Re: . [fintail]
Dec 11, 2011 (6:58 pm)
I remember a house I used to walk by in high school that had a mid sixties Mercury Marauder fast back. Nice looking car for its time and kind of unique. Then one day it too was gone...kind of like some girls you had a crush on in school and who knows where they are or what they look like today!