Thursday, July 16, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Eighteen: Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Mercedes and Volkswagen

I'll conclude this lengthy series with all the ads for the foreign cars which appeared at the 1955 Los Angeles auto show. 

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Seventeen: Willys

Willys has one of the strangest stories in the annals of American car companies.  This was the last year for the passenger cars.  You can read more about it here

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Sixteen: Hudson

Hudson, which had been around since 1909, was acquired by Nash -- and obviously no effort was made to make it distinctive in appearance.  The name would disappear entirely by 1957.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Fourteen: Plymouth

1955 Plymouth promotional model from my collection.  This was a 1980s X-El reissue using original Jo-Han molds.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Twelve: Dodge

Including the world premiere showing of the 'gloriously beautiful' La Femme, first and only car designed especially for her majesty -- the American Woman.  It was a Custom Royal Lancer coupe painted sapphire white and heather rose.  It included an umbrella and handbag. Apparently her majesties weren't impressed -- the La Femme returned in 1956 but it wasn't a success.  Read more about it here.