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8 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

After looking at New Your To Paris Thomas Flyer photos for 60 years this it the first time I noticed it left New York with factory fenders! When were they removed? 

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And this is the first time I have ever seen the weird metal frame for the top. Do any photos exist of it covered with canvas?

 

Howard Dennis

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24 minutes ago, hddennis said:

And this is the first time I have ever seen the weird metal frame for the top. Do any photos exist of it covered with canvas?

 

Howard Dennis

 Howard, I think there is a photo of the Thomas with the Conestoga style top up somewhere in Wyoming. Spent some time searching tonight and found these two.

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11 hours ago, 58L-Y8 said:

Blame Harley Earl, he figured out postwar Americans would gladly fork out premium prices for a few extra inches of wheelbase and many extra inches of rear overhang for the extended-deck Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, Buicks and Cadillacs.  When GM lead, all others were compelled to follow or lose sales.   Can't accommodate 226" in your garage?  Time for a garage extension!

Living large in the fifties didn't necessarily mean you needed a bigger garage! 

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7 minutes ago, hook said:

Living large in the fifties didn't necessarily mean you needed a bigger garage! 

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Also, you didn't need it larger in the 1960's either..........haha

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19 minutes ago, 58L-Y8 said:

hook: True, but those were the exception, this was the norm:

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Most garages that I've ran across were 20 feet which would accommodate most of the fifties cars. The one that my Healey is shown in was built in the 30's. True, they were tight, but it fit my 57 Olds 98 and my 1960's Lincoln continentals. The biggest reason in my opinion for the lack of use of the garage was 1/ very few garage door openers in the fifties, and many garages had swing open doors, 2/ increase use of the family car, making garage use a pain, 3/ the need for storage space. Even today you'll find garages, although much larger, filled with more junk than cars. 

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3 hours ago, Paul Dobbin said:

$400.00 worth of garage sale junk on the garage.

$40,000.00 car on the driveway.

Man isn't it the truth how so many place such high value on junk they never use. 

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 Cadillac did not make station wagons, this one is by coachbuilders Hess and Eisenhardt, one of the premier American coachbuilders. The company's bread and butter were airport limousines but they also made presidential cars and the occasional thing like this.

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6 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

Never seen the trun lights before, UK accessory of UK factory option?

 

If those are factory Bob, somebody should be fired.    Most people don't realize that the XK series car was intended for America so there are 10 LHD cars for every RHD car.    This is a rare RHD.

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17 hours ago, Fossil said:

Man isn't it the truth how so many place such high value on junk they never use. 

Like those people that rent a storage unit for thousands a year to store their old furniture and mattresses in that's only worth is how much a trash man will charge to haul it away.

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1 hour ago, jukejunkie1015 said:

The car my grandparents drove after leaving the dust bowl and heading to Seattle to work for Boeing. 1935 Chevrolet I believe.

Nice photo of I-90 before it's modernization. In those days rest areas were everywhere. 

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19 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

Never seen the trun lights before, UK accessory of UK factory option? XK120RaceCar.jpg.ba0710085f22deff5b692ce

 

That is not a UK registration plate. My guess is somewhere in Europe. The number 47 suggests the car was raced or rallied - but where?

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