MSCC JAN 19 STAR OF THE WEEK: ’56 DESOTO FIREFLITE 2-DOOR HARDTOP-END OF A LONG ROAD

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19-dsc 0310-001MSCC JANUARY 19 STAR OF THE WEEK: ’56 DESOTO FIREFLITE TWO-DOOR HARDTOP-END OF A LONG ROAD

DeSoto was a Chrysler mainstay from 1928 until ’61 before it rode off into the sunset.

DeSotos were a mid-range car placed between Chrysler and Dodge on the Mopar food chain.

They enjoyed a loyal following for decades but Chrysler had other ideas for the venerable nameplate so the gap between DeSoto and Chrysler was filled by Dodge.

This MSCC Star of the Day is a 1956 DeSoto Fireflite powered by a 330 cubic inch hemi that sold at an auction in September 2013 for $62,700.

Fireflites were a top of the line model and it was a signature car for the waning years at DeSoto.

Clearly, the DeSoto exited with style and grace.

 

MSCC JANUARY 18 STAR OF THE DAY: SUMMER OF LOVE 1967 VOLKSWAGEN 21 WINDOW VAN

18a-dsc 0103-001The Summer of Love was filled with hippies, Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, free love, psychedelic drugs and the ultimate party wagon-the VW van.

No self-respecting hippie would show up at a Love-in with his dad’s ’65 Pontiac but a VW van made you the hippest cat on the planet in 1967.

This MSCC Star of the Day VW van may have been born in the Summer of Love but there’s little doubt its $85,000 price tag back in September would have placed it well within the confines of the hated Establishment.

 

MSCC JANUARY 17 STAR OF THE DAY: 1948 PACKARD SERIES 22 STATION WAGON

18-dsc 0096-001This Packard wagon is an example of upscale and function at its finest in the post-war era.

This is the kind of ride you’d have on the estate called your summer home.

You’d send a hired hand into town to pick up visitors in this classic wagon because it would handle your guests and their luggage in the style they were accustomed.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’48 Packard wagon was at the Vegas 2013 Barrett-Jackson.

It’s a full-on classic ride and it’s a great example of a cool and unusual auction weekend ride.

 

 

MSCC JANUARY 16 STAR OF THE DAY: SEE THE WORLD TODAY IN YOUR ’61 CHEVROLET

18-aimgp1915-001Chevrolet has had this jingle since 1950 and it’s never really gone away over the decades.

They sang “See the USA in your Chevrolet” for the domestic market and “See the world today in your Chevrolet” for the rest of planet Earth.

The reason for its longevity is simple-this is a simple, timeless jingle.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’61 Chevy Impala was on the road seeing the world in the summer of 2010 because a classic song needs a classic car.

 

MSCC JANUARY 15 STAR OF THE DAY: A RARE SIGHT THEN AND NOW-A STUDEBAKER TRUCK

13-bimgp6267-002Studebaker was on the back nine of its history in the 60s but they still produced a pickup truck. They tried to emphasize a car-like ride with the practicality and function of a truck.

Studebaker didn’t win over too many converts from the Ford, Chevy and Dodge truck buyers but they did build a very cool piece of automotive history for the ages.

This MSCC Star of the Day Studebaker truck was on the road back in 2011 and it was a rare sighting.

No kidding-it was a rare sighting when it was new-it’s a 1960 Studebaker Champ.

 

MSCC JANUARY 14 STAR OF THE DAY: ’65 FORD FAIRLANE-DO BIG BLOCKS AND WHEELIE BARS=OFFICIAL SCRUTINY?

13-imgp5726-001This wasn’t a setup for a photo op but it sure looks like it without a back story.

Clearly, the nasty-looking ’65 Fairlane has about as much original equipment as a Hollywood starlet and it looks like this brute is headed for a police road block.

In reality, this bad boy isn’t in custody.

The road block is to keep regular traffic out because this was taken at an early fall car show and the barricade stopped an army of boring regular cars from obscuring the view of this extremely non-boring Ford.

This was an MSCC Star of the Day moment.

 

MSCC JANUARY 13 STAR OF THE DAY: ’35 DODGE PICKUP-THE FORGOTTEN HOT ROD PLATFORM

The 1930s produced some of the most iconic hot rod platforms in the history of custom builds.

Most of these platforms have a Blue Oval logo because who can deny the appeal of a deuce coupe, ’36 three window or a ’39 Ford?

Ford pumped out a lot of cars and trucks in the 30s and they introduced a cheap V-8 so that’s a big part of the hot rod equation but there were other challengers in the cool rod wars.

This mid-30s Dodge truck is a textbook example because it was at a 2012 show where its cool factor was off the charts.

It was MSCC Star of the Day cool.

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