An eclectic assortment of vehicles… lots of vehicles

2013 Whittier Area Classic Car ShowI relish the opportunity to be around cars and will pretty much jump at the chance to do so. Late last week I found out about a local event that was going to take place over the weekend. So, I decided to check it out. Boy, am I glad I did.

To my delight I found well over 100 vehicles participating and, as usual, went ballistic with my camera.

I only photographed about half of them but still wound up with about 200 shots. It took a couple of days but I sifted through them and have presented my 25 favorite vehicles in this post which includes 95 images.


Original versus custom
Anyone that knows me or has followed my writings is aware of my love for all things automotive. However, there is at least one exception. I’m not big on hot rods. Never have been.

1950s Metropolitan dragsterTo me the glory of a classic car is found in its original state, restored or not. Such relics afford the opportunity to experience, and in some cases remember, what manufacturers were producing to impress owners and onlookers of the period.

While I can appreciate the money and effort invested in some custom jobs, they often strip the subject vehicle of significant details in exchange for modern conveniences or personal statements, thereby losing its historic appeal. That is, in my opinion.

With that said, I skipped over the hot rods and honed in on the restoration jobs.

The 2nd Annual WACCS
According to the 2013 Whittier Area Classic Car Show’s rules, vehicles had to be from 1976 or prior to participate. There were a few exceptions, such as a 1977 Oldsmobile 442 (included below) and late 1980s Camaro IROC.

Exceptions or not, this second gathering appears to have been a wild success with regard to turnout. Apart from those I’ve presented there were dozens of other fine examples on display, but time was a limiting factor.

Also, because of the effort spent preparing so many photos, I didn’t include detailed write-ups for each car (some at the show were even missing identifying plaques, so I had to do my best to determine model and year using books).

The vehicles are presented according to year, oldest first. To see full-size pictures, click on the thumbnails provided below the brief descriptions.


Pierce-Arrow
Right off the bat is a car that had no identifying information provided. Complicating matters, it comes from a time before model labels were common on vehicles. From what I could find, this one appears to be from 1932. It is in pristine condition.

Pierce-Arrows were among the choicest of American-made brands during the early 1900s. For 1918, the brand’s top model reportedly had a whopping $8,000 price tag, the equivalent of more than $120,000 today.

1932 Pierce Arrow front right1932 Pierce Arrow rear left1932 Pierce Arrow interior


1936 Ford Model 68 DeLuxe
This convertible is a nice piece of American history. Although four-door cars with folding tops are an exceedingly rare sight today, this is one of about 5,600 produced by Ford that year and sold for less than $800.

The dark chocolate exterior paint looks wonderful with the tan top and mahogany interior. Even though sparse, the dashboard’s instrumentation and switchgear looks elegant.

1936 Ford Model 68 front left1936 Ford Model 68 rear left1936 Ford Model 68 interior


1936 Ford Woodie
I’d never done any research on the “woodies” of the early to mid 20th century but it seems they were the first versions of a body style that came to be known as the station wagon. (The term “station wagon” was reportedly derived from the fact that the utility-oriented vehicles were commonly put to work carting luggage and passengers around railway stations.)

I was surprised to learn that most Woodies were not built by the vehicle manufacturers themselves but rather coach builders. The rear panels, made from real wood, were originally utilized as a cheap build material for the custom conversions into wagons. That is, before attaining a posh image and being viewed as an upgrade of sorts.

At a point, you could even get a Rolls Royce Woodie, but in that case it would be called a “shooting brake” (which is the European term for a station wagon).

1936 Ford Woodie front left1936 Ford Woodie rear left1936 Ford Woodie interior


1939 General Motors Truck
Okay, with regard to customization, this example is borderline acceptable by my standards. There was a lot of custom work done on this truck; it had skirting on not only the rear but also front fenders. It looked expertly finished and I’m sure it’s won accolades from those that are into custom jobs, but I look and wonder, “what’s the point?”

What I liked about the truck in particular was its large badging that runs along the fender that reads “General Motors Truck.” According to GM, that name was first utilized by the company in 1911 when it was stuck on Rapid and Reliance trucks; by 1913 the Rapid and Reliance names were phased out in favor of General Motors Truck or GMC.

1939 General Motors Truck front left1939 General Motors Truck badge




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