This is a real throwback:
This is Robert Riger’s famous photo of all-time Packers great and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Forrest Gregg. He passed away about two weeks ago and I was remiss not to mention it then. (Yes, tonight is the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.) This picture was taken on December 11, 1960 in San Francisco; the Packers defeated the 49ers 13-0 on their way to a Western Conference title and their first appearance in the NFL Championship Game since 1944.
Although I can’t find the original remark, supposedly in Run To Daylight!, it has been written in many places that Vince Lombardi called Gregg, “the finest player I have ever coached.” Gregg, Fuzzy Thurston and Tom Brady are the only players in NFL history to have played on six championship teams. Sorry, Baltimore, but it’s time for Go Pack Go! (I am from Baltimore and am a Ravens fan, also, but I have been a Packers fan since the early 1970s.)
Forrest Gregg’s first NFL season was 1956; here is a car from that year:
From smclassiccars.com a picture of a 1956 Chrysler 300-B. This was the second of 11 “letter cars” by Chrysler, which began in 1955 with the C-300.
The 1956 model was significant as it was the first American car to be offered with an engine that produced at least one HP per cubic inch. While the standard 354 cubic-inch Hemi had 340 HP, an optional one with higher compression produced 355 HP. Sorry, Corvette fans, the 1957 fuelie was not the first American one HP per cubic inch engine. As everyone knows I am a big Corvette fan (I’m on my third), but I am a bigger fan of the truth.
The letter series cars were never produced in high numbers. For 1956 production was only 1,102. New for 1956 was a record player, the Highway Hi-Fi. I kid you not, a record player in an automobile. Transmission options were a 3-speed manual or 2-speed automatic.
Currently on Hemmings one 300-B is offered for sale with photos included (NEVER buy a car from an ad without good photos). The dealer is asking $139,900, not exactly a candidate for Frugal Friday. That price also seems out of whack. In the last four years two 300-Bs have sold at Mecum auctions in the mid-$30,000 range. Of course, if the Hemmings car has a 355-HP engine (doesn’t say in the ad), then it’s worth more than one with a 340-HP motor. At least one of the Mecum cars was 340-horse.
These are important cars and I am glad to write about them even if I am not a huge Mopar fan. Is the 300-B (or any letter car) in the Ultimate Garage of anyone reading? Please let us know.
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