Sunday, August 18, 2013

(Photos) Palos Heights' Tastee Freez Cruise Night 8/18/13

I visited my hometown of Palos Heights, Illinois today--which, among other things, gave me the opportunity to check out some classic cars at the Tastee Freez Cruise Night.

Welcome to the city of Palos Heights!

A 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubbletop SS.

In his 1965 book, Unsafe at Any Speed, consumer advocate and gadfly Ralph Nader criticized the handling of the Chevrolet Corvair. His findings were later debunked. Fifty-one years later this 1962 Corvair-- with a turbocharged Monza Spyder engine--is still on the road, so its handling is fine.

This is the type of automobile that made Detroit great--a 1939 Buick Special convertible.

Henry Ford perfected the inexpensive car, but General Motors out-marketed the entrepreneur. I asked the owner of this vehicle what model of Ford was this 1940 coupe, he replied, "It's just a coupe--that's all."

Back in the day coupes could be huge--such as this 1967 Pontiac LeMans.

And this convertible coupe, a 1965 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight, is even bigger.

However, perhaps GM wasn't the marketing powerhouse on every occasion. I like the looks of this 1949 Chevy pickup, but Thriftmaster is a pretty lame name for the model.

Before the Heart song "Barracuda," before Sarah Palin was nicknamed "Barracuda," there was the Plymouth Barracuda. This one is from 1970.

I have to end with an iconic classic car--here's a 1969 Ford Mustang.

Weather permitting, I plan to attend the final Morton Grove Classic Car show on Friday.

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