Sunday, September 09, 2012

I Miss the Fins

Driving home from Jasper today we passed a 1957 Plymouth Fury. It was red and ivory with chrome on the fins. I miss the fins.
In the 1940, 1950, and 1960’s American cars were beautiful....well, except for Ramblers, Pacers, and the Dodge Cornet which was a particularly unfortunate design.
My family had a 1957 Plymouth with a motor as bit a Rhode Island. When you stomped the accelerator, it slung pavement from under the wheels.
Just before I was drafted, I bought a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Even with rust spots and peeling paint it was a beautiful car.
These days, with all the emission control, electronic ignition, and other modern-day enhancements, you can barely hear the engine.
In the 50s and 60s, when you cranked the engine, you could hear windows rattle.
I realize that cars must be fuel efficient, safe and ergonomically engineered, but I really miss the fins. 


  1. I have images of Grease and American Graffiti reading your post! Take care

  2. Our family had a Plymouth Fury! My best friend's boyfriend had a cornet..blah! My Dad had a VW Beetle in 1963 and with 6 kids to fill it, it was extraordinary! I think cars today are very "vanilla" compared to the olden days. Thanks for the "ride" down memory lane!

  3. Haahahaha...and heavy metal, before heavy metal.


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