Under The Hood

Some 1950s fun

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — You cannot beat the variety at the MSRA’s annual Back to the 50’s event. I know I’ve said that before, and I am sure I will say it again. As expected, 2010 delivered the same great selection:
Hot rods? Check.
Rat rods? Check.
Customs? Check.
Restored rides? Check.
Vintage stock cars? Check.
‘Big C’ Classics? Check.

Here are just a few of the great machines that graced the grounds of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., June 18-20, during the meet:

When is the last time you ever saw a 1934 Studebaker? I didn’t think so, but here you are: a gennie sedan.

It would almost be a shame to paint the bare-metal lines of this 1936 Pontiac coupe.

This 1953 Anglia stocker shared space with a much-modified twin.

 

While the English were putting around in little carts such as the Anglia above, Americans were commanding machines such as this Buick. However, only a select few had a view from a 1954 Skylark.


Whether or not it had race provenance, this 1970s-style 1957 Chevy stock car made quite an eye magnet.

Make no mistake, this isn’t a rare 1958 Chevrolet Yoeman two-door station wagon, it’s an even rarer Delray sedan delivery with windows. 1958 Chevrolet sedan delivery models didn’t have a back seat and carried a one-piece tailgate, unlike the two- and four-door station wagons. This one was sweet, and it’s mid-$20s price tag didn’t seem out of line at all.

Related Resources

Read the CD Standard Catalog of Chevrolet

Read about ‘Big C’ Classic Car Club of America Classics in Olympian Cars book

Identify cars with the American Car Spotter’s Bible book

Read about Fords (including several Back to the 50s cars) in Just Fords book

 

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