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#1239 of 1262 Re: First vinyl top... [hpmctorque]
May 08, 2011 (12:51 pm)
I grew up in a Chevy town and Fords weren't very cool.
One summer, a guy parked a 1950 Crestliner on a busy street corner with a For Sale sign in it. This would have been in around 1968.
Of course, I had to stop and look at it. It was a typical rust free So Calif car but it had it's share of scrapes and scratches etc. It was well used but overall, it was in good shape. It was priced at 200.00. It sat there for several weekends until it finally disappeared.
#1240 of 1262 Re: First vinyl top... [isellhondas]
May 08, 2011 (1:10 pm)
I wonder what that Crestliner, in that condition, would be worth today?
So, I take it Chevys were considered cooler in your town, in the early '50s. The few Chevys that were modified with split manifolds sounded neat. One guy in my town in WI had a '51 Plymouth with a split manifold, milled head, and other mods he wouldn't disclose, making it pretty quick for its day. He won quite a few bets against Fords and Chevys.
#1241 of 1262 Dragstrip Girl
May 08, 2011 (1:34 pm)
That well known Frank Gorshin star vehicle, Dragstrip Girl, spawned a movie poster with a hot rod and a pair of 4 barrel carbs thrusting out of the engine bay. Who were the original vehicle builders and the carburetor maker offering factory-built high performance 4bbl V-8 engines long before the muscle car era? And what year did this airpower begin?
#1242 of 1262 Re: First vinyl top... [isellhondas]
May 08, 2011 (5:45 pm)
Wasn't the Crestliner just sort of a place holder because that chassis couldn't be converted to meet the new hardtop coupes from GM and then Chrysler? IIRC it wasn't much of a seller either. so I could see how it might be worth some money today. I always though the subsequent 52-54 Ford's were decent lookers for their day.
#1243 of 1262 Re: First vinyl top... [berri]
May 08, 2011 (5:57 pm)
You're correct regarding the Crestliner, and I agree with you on the '52-54s.
#1244 of 1262 Re: First vinyl top... [hpmctorque]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 08, 2011 (8:21 pm)
A 50s Crestliner today, in "fair" condition, but solid, complete, unrusted, running....should be worth about $8500. As a nice clean #3 driver, about $17K and as a very sharp #2, north of $30K. The buyer pool for this type of car may be shrinking fast, however.
#1245 of 1262 Re: First vinyl top... [Mr_Shiftright]
May 09, 2011 (4:59 am)
"The buyer pool for this type of car may be shrinking fast, however"
A agree, as people who can remember the Crestliner dwindle. As for me, I remember it, but wouldn't buy one at those prices. I'd enjoy seeing one at a car show, though.
#1246 of 1262 Re: First vinyl top... [hpmctorque]
May 09, 2011 (6:24 am)
My Dad's first car was a black 1950 Ford coupe, but it wasn't a Crestliner.
#1248 of 1262 Re: Speaking of Crestliners... [isellhondas]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 09, 2011 (9:07 am)
Sort of an odd-looking thing, isn't it.