Picture Miscellany; Sunday Hudson: September, 2019

OK, some random photos for the last summer Sunday of 2019, at least astronomically.



The National Corvette Museum has a History/Archives office where one can order the build sheet and window sticker for any Corvette built in Bowling Green. As I did not purchase my car new I decided to order both of those and to have them laminated. (I covered the build sheet VIN in the lower left corner. Can’t be too careful…)

It’s interesting to me to note that the interior color is listed as Black (I assume that’s what “BLK” stands for), but the window sticker lists the color as Dark Gray and the interior is not really black. Note that the car was first shipped to Spradley Chevrolet in Pueblo, Colorado.

One technical point: the rear axle ratio is “only” 2.41/1 as is the case with all non-Z51 automatic transmission C7 Corvettes. That ratio is offset by the automatic’s super-low first gear (4.56). The rear axle is obviously not a hindrance to acceleration; a C7 Z06 can move from 0-60 MPH in about 3 seconds (2.95 according to Chevrolet) and do a standing quarter in about 11 seconds (10.95 ditto).



My attempt to capture the size of the crowd and of the car show my wonderful wife and I attended last Sunday. We arrived very close to 10 AM, the opening time for the show, and by 10:30 the field used as the parking area (which is not shown in the picture above) was full. I don’t recall a larger crowd in the ten or so of the shows we have attended.



I am very fond of the Opel GT; a 1970 model is shown here. While I can’t imagine a 2,000-pound car without a supplemental restraint system (SRS) is too safe to drive today with all of the SUVs and pickup trucks on the road, I cannot take my eyes off these cars when I see them. They have some C3 Corvette in them, but also some European styling cues. Opel was a GM-owned company for many years and their cars were sold in the US by Buick dealers.



Speaking of Corvettes (again) here is a 1993 model. That year was the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Corvette and 6,749 of the 21,590 Corvettes (31.3%) built for model year 1993 were equipped with the 40th Anniversary Package. The package included a Ruby Red metallic exterior, Ruby Red leather sport seats, power driver seat, special wheel center trim and emblems. This car does not have the 40th Anniversary Package; I’m fairly sure that color is Black Rose Metallic.


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From Wikipedia a picture of a 1954 Hudson Super Wasp coupe, I think the Hollywood hardtop as opposed to the club coupe. Some Hudson aficionado can correct me if I’m wrong. As Hudson and Nash merged on May 1, 1954 to form American Motors Corporation the 1954 Hudsons were really the last of the make. I REALLY like the way these cars look.

I can’t seem to locate production numbers for the Super Wasp. For model year 1954 Hudson produced a total of 50,660 cars. The Super Wasp was powered by Hudson’s second-largest of four inline six-cylinder engines, a 262 cubic-inch motor that produced 140 HP/215 LB-FT of torque.

If I were in a position to purchase one of these I would almost certainly turn it into a restomod. Of course, this car is not at the head of the line and, as I have written many times, I possess neither an infinite amount of time nor money. Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to post pictures of my ’54 Super Wasp coupe; you’ll suffocate.









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Pictures From Another Sunny Sunday

Once again my wonderful wife and I had a great time at the annual car show staged by a local museum. It was, perhaps, a tad warm, but our new hats that reflect sunlight away and have a liner that can be soaked with water were of much use. The experience was made better by the fact that we were, once again, welcomed by some of those with whom we drove on the recent Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green, Kentucky. As always, we also enjoyed seeing our friend, C/2, who reads Disaffected Musings and often comments.

Yesterday I wrote that maybe a car like this would be among those I would see:


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From Mecum a picture of a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible. Well, wouldn’t you know:



Yes, a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible. The car was quite majestic in person. Two-dimensional representations of the three-dimensional world can lose something in translation. I do realize that the front grills are not the same on the two cars that are supposed to be the same. (The wheel covers are not the same, either. Read the comment by Scott Hoke. Thanks, Scott!)

Speaking of our new friends, this 1965 Pontiac GTO was brought by one of them, Bill:



That’s not Bill in the picture. The car is in very good condition, but I think Bill would part with it for the right price. I don’t know what that price is.



I really like these mid-60s Buick convertibles; this is a 1966 Skylark. The 1984 Lincoln LSC facing the other direction belongs to C/2. This was the first time he has shown this car as he usually brings his 1966 Thunderbird. In five years he will be able to bring his ’99 Vette.

Yes, Packards abounded. The “special” display vehicles this year were of the theme “Living Luxury” or something close to that name. Here is a beautiful 1932 Packard. Sorry, I didn’t record any more detail than that.



The yellow car on the right is the ’32. The car next to it is also a Packard. Despite the fact that Packards have not been produced for 60+ years, they are still well represented at many car shows we attend. A tangent: it is Packards and not Packard’s when writing about a multiple. People can no longer write correctly. Packard’s is either a contraction of “Packard is” or the possessive of Packard. Packards means more than one Packard.

Of course, a post like this would not be complete without a picture of one of these:



This is a 1955 Packard Caribbean. I believe I showed a picture of the same car last year in the blog the day after the show. While I prefer the ’56 I love the ’55 as well.

I did not take as many pictures as I usually do at this event. That is true despite the fact that the probability we attend the event next year, or ever again, does not remotely approach 100 percent. The desert beckons…










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Sunday Show Day

Later today, but not much later, my wonderful wife and I plan to attend a great car show held annually by a local museum. This will be the 10th time in the last 11 years we will have attended.

Any car that is at least 25 years old is eligible to be shown and one year more than 600 cars were exhibited. The usual number is about 550. Maybe a car like this will be one of them:


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From Mecum a picture of a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible sedan. While some cars seem to be entered in this show every year, some cars are new to us, of course. The cars do not have to be American, either. How about this one from across the pond?


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From Vantage Sports Cars a picture of a 1989 Jaguar XJ-S V12 convertible. Yes, I know I showed and wrote about the XJS on Friday. For some reason or not (what does the “C” in OCD stand for?) these cars are currently occupying a lot of what’s left of my brain.



Here is a picture from last year’s show. This is a 1964 Corvette convertible shown as I like them best, with the auxiliary hardtop in place and side exhaust.

Of course I will post photos from this year’s show. See you later.








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