OKANAGAN CHAPTER MEMBERS CARS

As one browses through the following collection of Okanagan member's cars one can't help but reminisce about the "good old days". Car photographs taken by a variety of  VCCC members.

Thanks to '100 Years of the American Auto - Millennium Edition' by James M. Flamming and the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. Published in 1999 by Publications International, Ltd.. for information gleaned to enhance our collection of TIN.

UP and RUNNING 

1903 - 1919

1918 Chevrolet 490 Touring

Taking a spin in this era car wasn't exactly easy. Gearboxes were bulky; steering required muscles. Drivers had to manage hand throttles, spark levers, drip-oilers - each a task in itself. Carbide and kerosene lamps gave poor illumination at night.

 Some of the automobiles built during this period include: A.B.C. High-Wheeler; American (Underslung); Austin; Blackhawk; Buckmobile; Buick; Cadillac; Chevrolet; Cincinnati Steam; Columbus Electric; Eagle Air Cooled; Ford; Franklin; Graham Electric; Hudson; Kissel; Marble-Swift; Maxwell; Oldsmobile; Overland; Packard; Rambler; Studebaker; Willis-Knights; just to name a few.

 

1918 Chevrolet

1918 Chevrolet

1919 Ford Model T 

Just couldn't pass up a picture showing this May Tour Winner in action!

 

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ANYTHING GOES

1920 - 1929

 

Automotive technology was moving forward. closed bodies were displacing the open roadster and touring car, using less wood and more steel. Hydraulic brakes began to replace mechanical units, stopping four wheels instead of two. Introduction of synchromesh soon make gear clashing a distant memory. Driving was becoming easier and safer.

 

Production figures for top 8 in1929 were: (1) Ford 1,507,132 -- (2) Chevrolet 1.328,605 -- (3) Hudson/Essex 300,962 -- (4) Willys-Overland/Whippet 242,000 -- (5) Pontiac/Overland 211,054 -- (6) Buick 196,104 -- (7) Dodge 124,557 -- (8) Nash 116,622.

 

1922 McLaughlin 22-34 Touring

1923 Ford TT

1928 Ford Model A Tudor 55-A

1928 Ford Model AR  

1927 Essex

1929 Roosevelt 70

1928 Ford Model A 55B

1929 Ford Model A 78B

1929 Ford Model A Modified

1929 Hudson

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SURVIVAL of the FITTEST 

1930 - 1941

1930 Ford Model A 5-Window Coupe.

During this era the number of significant car makers slimmed from about 60 in 1929 to 18 in 1941. A brief stab at minicars started with the American Austin and its Bantam successor; later called the Crosley. Pave roads more than doubled in a decade (U.S.A.), as the automobile culture grew. Drive-ins lured moviegoers and tourist courts dotted the landscape. At the New York World's Fair of 1939m GM's Futurama predicted the world of the Sixties, including 100 mph superhighways. The modern age was imminent, but North America had to face another world war before enjoying all its fruits.

1930 Essex Challenger

1930 Ford Model A 5-Window Coupe.

1930 Ford Model A  50B Sport Coupe

1930 Ford Model A  55B

1930 Chevrolet Universal AD Roadster

1930 Ford Model A 165C (Murray)

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1930 Ford Model A 76B

1930 Ford Model A 40B

1930 Ford Model A 40B

1930 OAKLAND 101 . . .

. . . and what an 'ELEGENT' radiator ornament.

1930 Ford Model A 170B Std.

1931 Ford Model A  82B

1931 Ford Model A 160C Slant Window Deluxe

1931 Ford Model A 40-B

 

1932 Chevrolet Confederate BA

1933 Ford Model 40

1934 Dodge Brothers DR Coupe

1934 Ford Model 40

1934 Ford Slant Window

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1935 Chrysler C6

1935 Ford 048-071 Roadster

1935 Dodge Rumble Seat Coupe

1936 Packard 120B

1936 Chevrolet 

1936 Chevrolet

1936 Ford 68 Roadster

 

 

1937 McLaughlin Buick 44-19

1938 Chevrolet Master 

(Events 9 - McCurdy Corner for the real colour. ie. less the sunset golow!

1939 Oldsmobile 60 Club Coupe

1939 Buick 40 Special

1939 Chevrolet Master 85

1940 Buick Special

1940 Cadillac LaSalle 40-50

 

1941 Ford

1941 Dodge D19

DETROIT GOES TO WAR:

1942 - 1945

1942 Ford Super Deluxe coupe

"Blackout" 1942 automobiles - those produced after January 1 - get government-ordered painted parts instead of chrome trim: most cars look lower, longer, and more massive. The end of hostilities found many Americans with stuffed wallets from war-time work, and hungry for civilian products - especially automobiles they'd been deprived of. Postwar would be a new world.

   

POSTWAR "SELLER'S MARKET"

1946 - 1948

With pockets stuffed with money , car-starved American's eagerly snapped up the warmed-over '42s as they slowly began to trickle off Detroit's assembly lines.

1946 Chevrolet Pickup

1946 Ford Business Coupe

1947 DeSoto Custom

1947 Packard Clipper

1948 Pontiac Silver Streak

1948 Canadian Made Dodge

1948 International Harvester KB1

1948 Oldsmobile Club Coupe

1948 Ford 89A 730

1948 Fleetmaster

1948 Ford 89A 730

A NEW ERA BEGINS:

1949

Industry production hits a record high 6,253,651 vehicles rolling off American assembly lines. All Big Three makes display modern postwar styling, two years after Studebaker's "radical" totally new redesign. New-car prices continue their postwar upward spiral.

1949 Chevrolet DeLuxe

1949 Ford Woody Wagon

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"BUYER'S MARKET" RETURNS:

1950 - 1952

1950 Ford Business Coupe

The American auto industry might have been expected to pause after its frantic product pace of 1948-1949, and it did. Yet there was still plenty to keep buyers interested in 1950-1952. 1950 Model Year USA Production figures include: 1. Chevrolet - 1,498,590; 2. Ford - 1,208,912; 3. Plymouth - 610,954; 4. Buick - 588,439; 5. Pontiac - 446,429; 6. Oldsmobile - 408,060; 7. Dodge - 341,797; 8. Studebaker - 320,884; 9. Mercury - 293,658; 10. Chrysler - 179,299; 11. Nash - 171,782; 12. DeSoto - 136,203; 13. Hudson - 121,408; 14. Cadillac - 103,857; 15. Packard - 42,627; 16. Lincoln - 28,190; 17. Kaiser - 15,228; 18. Crosley - 6,792; 19. Frazer - 3,700.

1950 GMC 100

1950 Willys Jeepster

1950 Studebaker R5

1950 Hudson Pacemaker

1950 Ford

1950 Pontiac Silver Streak

1951 Cadillac

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1951 International Harvester L120

1951 Buick Super

1951 Dodge

1952 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

1952 GMC 9300

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1952 Ford F1

1952 Ford F1

The DESIGNER is KING

1953 - 1959

Detroit reflected the American national bent for good times and free spending by spewing forth a dazzling array of cars. Each yearly crop was seemingly more colourful, complex, and contrived than the last - as well as longer, lower, wider, heavier, and more powerful. Alas, there were fewer makes to chose from by decade's end. Throughout these years, Detroit waged a "horsepower race". Sadly, handling and braking were anything but ideal (ditto for fuel efficiency - gas was around a quarter a gallon), yet a few automakers timidly tried selling safety features like seat belts and padded dashboards.

1953 Nash Rambler

 

1953 Mercury Monterey

1954 Dodge Regent

1954 Lincoln Capri

1954 Chevrolet 210

1954 Ford F150

1955 Ford

 

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

 

1955 DeSoto Sportsman

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1956 Ford Victoria

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 

 

1956 Ford Fairlane

1956 Ford Fairlane

1956 Ford Crown Victoria

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

1956 Ford Thunderbird

1956 Mercury Montclair

1956 Chevrolet 3200 

1956 Ford Fairlane

1956 Meteor Sunliner

1957 Chevrolet

 

1957 Pontiac Pathfinder

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

 

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1958 Mercury M100

1959 GMC Short Box

1959 Nash Metropolitan

1959 Buick LeSabre

1959 Buick LeSabre

1959 Chevrolet Bel Air

1959 Buick Electra

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DETROIT THINKS small & MUSCLE CARS

1960 - 1971

1961 Nash Metropolitan

Suddenly it was 1960, an the times began changing as never before. Cold War, possible nuclear Armageddon, and the beginning of Civil Rights, and the space program has finally gotten off the ground. Compact cars may have been on Detroit's collective minds, but performance was still closest to the heart. The Fifties "horsepower race" had not really abated - it had merely gone underground with the June 1957 manufactures' agreement to abandon racing and performance advertising. In 1961, however, the race came aboveground when Chevrolet unleashed its "real fine" 409 big-block V-8, along with a sporty new big car, the Impala SS. Ford replied for '62 with a burly 406, and Chrysler kept pace with a husky 413 wedge-head. At the performance pinnacle in these years were two 1963 stunners, Studebaker's singular (and unexpected) Avanti and the first all-new Corvette since 1953, the Sting Ray.

1962 Pontiac Parisienne

1962 Pontiac Parisienne

1963 Plymouth - Valiant V200

1963 Mercury Monterey

1963 Chevrolet Corvette

1963 Ford Galaxie

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

 

1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass 422

1964 Pontiac Parisienne

1964 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback

1965 Plymouth Valiant 100

1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

1965 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback

1965 Pontiac Grand Prix

1965 Chrysler Newport

1965 Ford Mustang

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1966 Buick Skylark

1965 Sunbeam Alpine

1965 Sunbeam Tiger

1965 Vauxhall Viva

1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

1966 VW Beetle 1300

1966 Buick Wildcat

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1967 Pontiac Firebird

1967 Dodge Charger

1967 Ford Mustang

1967 Buick Skylark

1969 Ford Mustang Grande

1970 Pontiac LeMans

1970 Cadillac

1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass

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1971 Opel GT

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1971 Buick Riviera Boattail

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass

 

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1971 Buick Skylark

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1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

GOVERNMENT STEPS IN

1972 - 1979

1972 Buick GS

The United States Congress had long since decided to make automakers answer for the social responsibility of their products, and the legislative hand became increasingly heavier in these years. The Clean Air Act of 1970 mandated ever-tighter limits on exhaust emissions that sapped horsepower; combined with soaring insurance premiums, they all but eliminated performance cars by 1973. That same year brought more required safety features, including bumpers able to endure five-mph impacts without damage, plus the diabolical ignition interlocks that prevented starting up unless the front-seat occupants were buckled up. The latter proved so irksome that the public got it repealed after a single year. 

 

1972 Mercury Cougar XR7

1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 

1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne

1974 Dodge - Charger

1976 International Harvester Scout II

1976 Cadillac Sedan de Ville

1977 Ford F150

1979 Chevrolet Camaro (From Germany)

1979 Monte Carlo T-Top

1979 Chevrolet Bel Air

CUTBACKS and CONFUSION

1980 -1990

1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SL

1980 Mercedes Benz 280 SLC

1985 Buick Regal

1985 Porsche 928 Coupe

1988 Olds Delta 88

1989 Ford Bronco II

Only a couple of years to go - 1995 Buick Riviera

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