Vintage autos and their owners from times gone by


On top of the world

49 packard victoria conv k brown

Back when cars were far more of an emotional purchase than a rational one, styling was king. Power helped in the buying decision as did trunk room and seating for six, perhaps, but if your car didn’t turn some heads or make its owner feel on top of the world just sitting in it while parked, then it probably wasn’t your best choice in an automobile.

This, ladies and gentleman, was one of the finest car makes in the day. Packard. 1949 Super 8 Victoria Convertible. Priced around $2,500 — quite a lot back then. But if you consider that by simply climbing inside and taking hold of its enormous steering wheel, you could be the king for a day, ruler of the universe, supremo, megastar, the “Dude.” And all of a sudden, that $2,500 price tag becomes nothing.

Props to Kerry Brown for his permission to use this great photograph of his dad.



With this, I have posted 192 old car photos on this blog and can count on only one hand the number of pictures where I knew someone featured within.

Although I don’t know the man pictured here, I do know his son — and I’d like to thank him for allowing me to share, with you, this wonderful photo of his mentor, his buddy, his hero… his dad.


The car is a 1941 Ford Tudor Sedan

“May, 1955”

1955 ford fairlane cr vic may 1955

Color shots of this vintage are scarce. This photo, by the markings on the back, was printed from a slide, which would fully explain its color richness.  But we’re here to discuss old cars, and the people who owned them. Film discussions are for other blogs.

Handwritten on the back of this shot we find “May, 1955”. Unless this man’s name was “May” we know two things — the month and the year this pic was taken. Not one word about the car. If this were my photo, originally, on the back I would have written “1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria, with a V8, wide whites, and wires….. and some dude who insisted on blocking my view of it”.

Who’s good at crosswords?

1937 fordTry as we may to bring you the most accurate old car information as possible, there are times when this just isn’t possible and we simply have to wing it. This is one of those instances.

I’ve stared and stared at the writing found on the back of this photo and I cannot, for the life of me, decipher the first word. Maybe you can. There are five words total here and the last four of them read: “… hair cut & new car.” The first word starts with a “B” and it ends with a “t”. So, what’s in the middle? Anyone? Before you answer, please note that there is likely no letter “i” (because she dots her i’s (see, “hair”) and I don’t believe I see an “a” either based on how she closes the top of that letter when she wrote out “car.” No “o”. There could be an “e” in there (see, “new”). All I can come up with is “Brut”. Brut is a thing today as I Googled it and found all kinds of listings, but was there a Brut haircut in the 30’s? Anyone?

The car is a 1937 Ford Sedan. And apparently it is a “new” one. 

Early “Excitement”

37 pont str 8

pontiac calendar

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If the Pontiac Motor Division had built “Excitement” in 1937, this would have likely been it. Sleek car, draped by a fashionable woman (above). Let’s fast forward some 46 years, to 1983, and the rare “Pontiac Excitement” NASCAR calendar (left) that Natalie Carroll (aka: Firebird Girl) made famous. Sleek car, draped by a woman. A LOT can change in 45 years. No? Look, no more running boards — can’t find a comfortable place to sit!

The featured photo is of a 1937 Pontiac Straight Eight Four Door if you were still curious.


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