Sunday Fifties

No, this post is not about collecting $50 dollar bills today. A brief diversion first: I had a dream that I was on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond. Yes, the show ceased production in 2005. Uh, this was a dream.

My wonderful wife and I sometimes watch a few episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond every now and then. Anyway, part of the plot consisted of Ray Barone (played by Ray Romano) trying to get his three children into a sack so they could be shipped to a holiday destination instead of his having to pay for airfare for them.

The longer the gag went on, the less humorous it seemed to me and to everyone else on the set. At some point, the scene lost all humor as it appeared Barone/Romano was really trying to put the children in a sack with no way for them to escape.

Why would I have a dream like this days, maybe weeks, after the last time I watched the show? Some similarity exists between the plot point in my dream and one in an hysterical episode of I Love Lucy (“The Passports” Season 5, Episode 11) where Lucy gets stuck in a trunk while trying to see if she could be shipped to Europe for a vacation since her passport is nowhere to be found. I haven’t seen that episode of I Love Lucy in months.

Times like this are when I really miss my friend, the late Richard Segal. He was great at interpreting dreams and sometimes would opine that a dream I had probably didn’t have any meaning at all.


I watched a little of the recently concluded Barrett-Jackson auction from Houston. While, of course, the announcers and Barrett-Jackson head honchos Craig Jackson and Steve Davis praised the crowd and enthusiasm, the auction seemed sparsely attended to me, even on “Super Saturday.” I don’t think the auction had even one vehicle sell for a seven figure hammer price.

The one car that really got my attention was Lot 781.1:


1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II - Front 3/4 - 260735


This is a 1956 Continental Mark II. Of course, the graphic also showed the word “Lincoln” but this car was, technically, not a Lincoln as FoMoCo broke Continental out as a separate make at this time.

The car sold, all in, for $66,000. Given that only about 3,000 were made in 1956-57 and they were hand built I can’t imagine getting them serviced is easy. Still, if I were in a different situation this would be a car I would consider acquiring.

Anyway, the Mark II got me thinking about some of my other favorite cars from the 1950s. No, a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air will not be on this list. Call me a heretic, but the Tri-Five Chevys do little for me and, in my opinion, the ’57 is the least desirable of the bunch. GM designer Chuck Jordan–later Vice President for Design for GM from 1986 to 1992–remarked, “As designers we didn’t like the ’57.”

Not in any order and not including a sentimental favorite like the 1956 Buick Century, here are some photos of what is surely an incomplete and idiosyncratic list of my favorite cars from the 1950’s.:


1956 Packard 400 | T146 | Indy 2016

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham at Pebble Beach 2014

1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special Motorclassica 2015 Tour Classica Docklands Melbourne | Автомобиль ...

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé by Pinin Farina VIN: 1555 GT - CLASSIC.COM

1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible retro wallpaper | 2048x1536 | 106013 | WallpaperUP


Holding my nose to show the one below, but it is–to me–one of the 10 or 12 best exterior designs ever.


A BMW 507 owned by the man who designed it is headed to auction


OK, the one on the bottom is a BMW 507. From the top down (not counting the Mark II) is a 1956 Packard 400, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special, 1959 Ferrari 250GT Coupe Pininfarina, 1957 Pontiac Bonneville. I figured showing seven cars was enough.

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Wednesday Weird

You can’t fix stupid.

From the looks of things, I’d say it isn’t broken.


From a couple of supposedly true stories about (very) stupid criminals.


Chastity Eugina Hopson was so worried about her possibly-tainted meth that she actually contacted the police about it. Officers at the Granite Shoals Police Department in Texas were trying to catch the county’s dumbest drug users when they posted a fake Facebook story about Ebola-tainted meth. The post said, “If you have recently purchased meth or heroin in Central Texas, please take it to the local police or sheriff department so it can be screened with a special device. DO NOT use it until it has been properly checked for possible Ebola contamination!”

Hopson, 29, saw the post and was understandably afraid that her meth could be… wait for it… dangerous. She responded to the department’s post on Facebook, and they gladly took her sample in for “testing.” Hobson was charged with possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance.


Amateur criminal and professional dumb dumb Christopher Kron made every mistake possible in robbery history when he tried to rob a restaurant after it closed one night. Not only did he trip the silent alarm, but when ADT called the restaurant after being notified, Kron answered the phone and gave them his REAL NAME. He returned to the restaurant the next day and was recognized by an employee who had seen the surveillance video. Kron was arrested on the spot.


I often remark to anyone who’ll listen that it’s a good thing most criminals are stupid. I will leave extrapolation of that remark to others.


From Everybody Loves Raymond:

Debra: Do you know what I think?

Ray: If I say yes do you still have to tell me?


This less than fresh article (from 2017) is titled, “20 Modern Cars That Will Almost Definitely Be Future Classics.” (Of course, the URL reads “12-modern-cars.”)

Obviously, this piece is just opinion, but everyone is entitled to their opinion, right? I mean, the old saw about opinions being like a certain part of the human anatomy in that (almost) everyone has one and almost all of them stink shouldn’t apply, right? Anyway…

From the article is one of my favorites:
















Yes, it’s a Honda S2000. Even though all 110,000 of these were equipped with a manual transmission, and I don’t drive sticks, I would still like to have this car. By the way, the piece claims that a good example of this car could be purchased for $6,000. Yes, that was 2017, but I think the author was smoking something.

A quick look on AutoTrader for an S2000 within 100 miles of my home zip found four available, with the least expensive listed at just under $30,000. OK, maybe I should give the writer some credit for identifying this as a future classic, but I don’t think he meant just four years down the road. Maybe he did…

The Alfa Romeo 4C, which I recently mentioned, was also listed. From the same piece:














So many cars just one life, indeed.








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