Lucille Ball Loved her Ford Skyliner Retractable Hardtop
America loved Lucy so Ford recruited Lucy and Desi to pitch the virtues of a radical concept, a retractable hardtop, that was being introduced on their new Skyliner. Of course, Fred and Ethel had to join them for this quintessential Lucy sketch. The car was a flop and the idea didn't catch on until the late 90s. Now almost all convertibles are retractable hardtops.
Hemi Under Glass Last Ride
After 39 years at the wheel of one of the most famous and unusual cars in
drag racing, the Hemi Under Glass, Bob Riggle decided to hang it up.
We were there to capture the last runs of this iconic car and the driver
who thrilled crowds at drag strips all over the country.
Orphan Cars - Great Cars
From the PBS series Great Cars. Edsel, Corvair, Hudson, Studebaker,
Hupmobile, Crosley, Maxwell and more --- these are the Orphan cars. Every
summer out on the edge of Ypsilanti, Michigan a group of car lovers gather
for a car show that has been called eccentric, misguided or just fun. This
passionate bunch of auto fanatics hauls out a group of ghost cars that
they've nurtured for years. These are cars that fizzled and died out. Many
of these "orphan cars" had unusual design and engineering features. They
were created by people willing to go out on a limb. Unfortunately, the limb
broke. But there are dedicated people who savor these marques and have
turned these underdogs into show winners. It's a salute to the fallen that
intrigues everyone who attends. More at GreatCarsTV.com
Classic Car Commercials
Car commercials captured helped to shape how we thought about our way of
life. They gave us hope, told us what we should aspire to become, who we
were, showed us where we wanted to go and told us how we could get there.
Daytona Beach Measured Mile Speed Trial 1957
This was the place to be in 1957 if you wanted to break a world speed
record. Highly tuned stock cars battled it out on the sand. It was
Pontiac's year to break records with a 141.2 mph run. This was part of
Pontiac's strategy to liven up its image. And it worked.
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (actual retractable top demo)
THESE CARS WERE MADE FOR THREE YEARS, 1957-58-59.
For a "glamor" full screen image of this car, click this link:
Video from October 13 2007, demonstration of retractable top on a 1957 Ford
Fairlane 500 Skyliner. Rochester Indiana Chili Cookoff and car show.
A series of switches, solenoids, motors and motor driven cables complete
the complex operation of this 1950s mechanical wonder of American
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Classic 1950s Television Commercial for Buick (Aired 8 December 1953)
"will you repeat that for the west coast please?" A classic, fun, live
television commercial for the 1950s for Buick's range of budget cars. Yes,
there really were more than 12 different brands of cars to choose from in
the USA in 1953. The commercial is somewhat forced, but not too bad. The
commercial shows the preferred idea of 1950s TV in having a small number of
long commercials instead of many short runs. The actual amount of
advertising per an episode in the show this commercial comes from compares
well to Network TV in the USA these days.