Classic cars show their timeless style

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Classic cars have timeless style. But restoring and maintaining a vintage or antique car is not the least bit timeless, in fact, it’s extremely timeful. Owning a classic car is a work of love, sweat, grease and sometimes money. Okay, lots of times, money.

If your ownership of a vintage car lives only in your daydreams, a visit to a classic car meet up will definitely give you a heaping enough helping of car envy to stock your nightly dreams as well. Not only can you touch and breathe in the aura of the chrome-infused past, you can enjoy the wonderful documentation some owners share of the whole restoration process. And you can bet they are more than happy to talk about their car.

The 2017 Northborough, MA Applefest included a Sunday morning classic car show. Father/daughter organizers  Alan Archibald and Laura Zeiton rounded up more than 60 cars aged from the days when you needed goggles and a duster to current space age vehicles.

One of the most defining features of a car is the front end. For sure cars have lots of style points, but those front ends, they set the tone. Animators use the headlights and grill to give cars human features because the front of a car is all about personality. With that in mind, here’s a collection of classic car fronts…think of them as the equivalent of a performer’s portfolio headshot!

 

Early Ford car
Early Ford runabout
1932 ford
1932 Ford
1936 ford street rod
1936 Ford street rod
1941 Ford F-1 truck
1941 Ford F-1 pickup truck
1950 Dodge Custom Royal
1950 Dodge Custom Royal
1951 Studebaker Commander
1951 Studebaker Commander
1955 Dodge
1955 Dodge Custom Royal D500
1966 Chevrolet
1966 Chevrolet
1969 Chevy
1969 Chevrolet K20
1969 Dodge Charger
1969 Dodge Charger RT
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
1971 Corvette
1971 Chevrolet Corvette
1972 Chevy vega
1972 Chevrolet Vega
1973 Chevy Nova
1973 Chevrolet Nova SS
1975 Olds 88
1975 Oldsmobile 88
1978 Ford Ranchero
1978 Ford Ranchero
1985 GMC 4x4
1985 GMC 4×4
1988 Alpha Romero
1988 Alpha Romero Spider
1989 Sachsenring Trabant
1989 Sachsenring Trabant 601S Deluxe Universal (East German–read about it here)
1994 Chevrolet Camaro
1994 Chevrolet Camaro
2016 Polaris Slingshot
2016 Polaris Slingshot

and because everyone likes a celebrity sighting…

herbie the love bug
1963 Herbie the Love Bug beetle reproduction
herbie the love bug
Herbie’s details

Which of these classic cars most suits your personality?

I’m not sure what this reveals about me, but I have to confess that the friendly and marginally flirty front ends of the 1951 Studebaker, 1972 Vega and the 1988 Alpha are the ones the ones that make my knees weak. Perhaps the main thing it reveals is that I do not have a future in covering the car industry!

 

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3 comments

  1. I love old cars! I had a 1961 Ford F100 for years and worked on it regularly. I also had a 1968 VW Beetle Baja Bug, both were loads of fun to drive and both were wallet suckers too. Great memories though.

    Thanks for reminding me of my love of old cars.

  2. Herbie! 🙂

    My choice would be Oldsmobile – although slightly older than the one in your photo. I do love ALL old cars and especially Jeeps.

    Thanks for the memories!

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