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    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    I'm thinking its an option or a dealer installed accesory. Weren't those spare tire humps on the trunk a dealer add on as well? I don't see them on ALL Imperials and Chrysler letter cars.
    The tire donuts on the Imperial were not dealer installed, they could be ordered either with the donut or without. After a search of 1957-59 Imperials it appears that the hood ornament was also a factory option on these cars. I found numerous pictures of the cars with the hood ornament ( upon close in spection the hood ornaments "Eagle" looks like a smaller "toned down" version of the 1953 hood ornament) and without any hood ornament. The same was true of pictures of cars with the tire donut on the trunk and without. As I had said, I don't remember ever seeing an Imperial with a hood ornament, but that may have been peculiar to the East and West Coasts.

    Here are pictures of a 1957 (?) Imoerials with the same hood ornament as the one in Matt's picture:


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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    Drive by this one almost every day...


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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    ^Late 50's Lincoln?

    Yes, Orconn is correct. I've been reading everything I can about these era Imperials, and the trunk donut was a factory option. I would figure that the hood ornament was as well. The one here in town actually has a power antenna, power windows, power locks, air conditioning, and "Auto-Pilot", which was a speed-minder AND the automotive world's first cruise control, all in one. A VERY heavily optioned car back in it's day.

    More on Imperial's "Auto-Pilot": http://www.imperialclub.com/Articles...ilot/index.htm

    I may need to track down the owner. I've certainly rekindled my interest in it as of late.

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    Quote Originally Posted by MacMuse View Post
    Drive by this one almost every day...

    I remember those. They had the funky roll down rear glass!

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    Quote Originally Posted by MacMuse View Post
    Drive by this one almost every day...

    I really like it.
    You could land a 707 on that deck lid.

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    Mercury, this one inherited its' sliding back window from the Mercury "Turnpike Cruiser" of the mid fifties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    Mercury, this one inherited its' sliding back window from the Mercury "Turnpike Cruiser" of the mid fifties.
    I thought at first it was a late 50's Lincoln Contientinal, but I believe you are right, it seemed a bit "off" and not quite as ugly. Still a poster child of the questionable taste that came out of that automotive era. Personally I think its hidieous, but then again a lot of cars from that era were love/hate designs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    Still a poster child of the questionable taste that came out of that automotive era. Personally I think its hidieous, but then again a lot of cars from that era were love/hate designs.
    You are so right on both points. It is hideous, and in some way that (to me) is sort of the allure of these as a piece of auto art history. You could never put that next to the same vintage Caddy and say "oh that Merc looks so much better". But it and the old Chrysler are such extreme examples of that era's questionable taste that as art(?), or history I can personally understand and share the desire to own and preserve them both.

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    After reading your post in "swanky", I thought of another way to say this. As a styling study, the design of the '61 vert is much cleaner and nicer looking. If they were new designs on the show room floor the '61 would win hands down. However as art and history, the "59 is so extreme and such a symbol of the styling of an era it is a beautiful and desirable.

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    As I get older I have found something interesting. When I watch shows from the late sixties early seventies I will see cars that were everywhere in my youth and rightfully hated, I will see new and in perfect condition and I feel a loss that no one is preserving them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacMuse View Post
    Drive by this one almost every day...

    1963 Mercury in all its' glory:


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    What a great "period" photo. The storefront and a vintage car. Thank's orconn.

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    1963 Mercury in all its' glory:


    Attachment 90279


    The coupe is much better looking than the sedan. I still like them both.

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    So a minor bump. I was bored and did some research on the two Camaros in this thread.


    This is a 1972 Z28 with a 255 HP 4 barrel 350 V8 and positraction as standard.


    This one is a little harder to nail. It's a 1974, '75, or '76. Since there is no hood emblem, I am thinking that this is more of a base model. If it's a '74 or '75, it has either the 250cu-in I6, or a 2 barrel 350. If it's a '76 it has the I6 or the new for that year 305 2 barrel. Anybody have an idea about the year? I think that whoever owns (owned?) it was in the process of getting it running. There is a can of battery terminal cleaner under the hood, and a VARCON fuel pump sitting on top of the hood. I'd LOVE to get into that building and take a closer look.

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    Quote Originally Posted by greencadillacmatt View Post
    So a minor bump. I was bored and did some research on the two Camaros in this thread.


    This is a 1972 Z28 with a 255 HP 4 barrel 350 V8 and positraction as standard.
    Always loved that early 70s Camaro design.(not enough to bucket list it though)

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    Just a few blocks away from home...

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    Re: Derelicts In Your Area

    This is about 10 houses away, this thing is about 80' from stem to stern.
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