Sunday, May 12, 2013

(Photos) Tastee-Freez Palos Heights Classic Car Show 5/12/13

Mother's Day brought me back to my hometown of Palos Heights, Illinois today. My visit offered me the opportunity to see my first Tastee-Freez Classic Car show--these (I think) weekly events are held in the parking lot outside of the fast food outlet on the corner of Route 83 and Harlem Avenue.

In the south suburbs, Harlem Avenue is Illinois Route 43--I already mentioned the other road of course. In front of those road signs is a 1956 Buick Century.

Ford is remaking its Lincoln brand. For decades its best-known model was the Continental, which was discontinued in 2002. Pictured here is a 1948 edition.

Lincolns used to be sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Mercury, which was roughly the Ford version of GM's Buick, never really found a niche. The Mercury brand was discontinued in 2011. Above is a 1966 Mercury Comet, a mid-size vehicle. Previous versions of the Comet were compacts.

For many years the Chevrolet Impala was the best-selling member of the Chevy line-up. I'm certain the 1962 edition, which is pictured here, was a big mover. The first Impalas were manufactured for the 1958. Production ended twice for this line, but new Impalas can still be found on Chevy showroom floors.

The first car I owned was a 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger. What you see here is a rarer version of the Dart, a 1972 Demon edition.

The Ford Fairlane was named for Henry Ford's mansion, Fair Lane. The Fairlanes were manufactured from 1955 until 1970. Earlier models, including this one from 1959, were full-size cars, later Fairlanes were mid-sized vehicles.

Here's something you don't see very often even at classic car shows. A vehicle with its original Monroney sticker on it. (It's on the opposite side of the car.) The buyer of this 1999 Cadillac El Dorado paid $42,207--including destination.

We started with a Buick, and we'll end with one. This is a 1951 Buick Roadmaster, a luxury car that was as good as any Cadillac from that era.

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