MSCC DECEMBER 14 STAR OF THE WEEK: STUDEBAKER SILVER HAWK—50S FINNED WARRIOR

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14-imgp7723-001MSCC DECEMBER 14 STAR OF THE WEEK: STUDEBAKER SILVER HAWK—50S FINNED WARRIOR

Fins defined cars from 1956-60 and most people focus on the Caddys, ’57 Chevys and everything Virgil Exner built for Chrysler.

There were other fin cars in the 50s that didn’t come under the Big Three banner and one of them was Studebaker.

Studebaker built the Silver Hawk from 1957-59 to compete with the other manufacturers and they did a incredibly good job.

This MSCC Star of the Day Silver Hawk was at a show back in May and it proved one thing.

Silver Hawks were finned warriors that were truly equipped for the battle.

 

 

MSCC DECEMBER 13 STAR OF THE DAY: ’51 FORD PICKUP—TRUCK OF THE YEAR…EVERY YEAR

13-imgp8393-001There’s something in the air with old pickup trucks because they keep setting the pace in the world of old iron.

Vintage trucks are the new Prom Queen at every auction so the bids keep going higher and higher for these old workhorses.

Nobody saw that coming when these humble working class trucks were new.

This MSCC Star of the ’51 Ford truck is a good example of why they’re spiking in price.

 

MSCC DECEMBER 12 STAR OF THE DAY: ’58 OLDS-THE ULTIMATE IN 50S EXCESS

12-imgp3425-001The 1950s had turned into an automotive free for all by 1958.

There was literally no limit to the amount of stainless steel and chrome you could add to a car in ’58 and every car maker took advantage of this massive emphasis on all things that glitter.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’58 Oldsmobile was at the top of the food chain in an era of excess.

There’ll never be a cooler automotive era.

 

MSCC DECEMBER 11 STAR OF THE DAY: ’50 FORD SHOEBOX—CLASSIC AND STILL VERY COOL

11-imgp6811-002There are two ways to be cool in life…you’re born with it or you buy a shoebox Ford.

The DNA path to Cool World is a genetic crap shoot at best but a shoebox Ford will turn you into a combination of James Dean and Chuck Berry.

This MSCC Star of the Day 1950 Ford was at a car show back in 2008 and the it’s still cool six years later.

So is the owner…if he still owns it.

 

MSCC DECEMBER 10 STAR OF THE DAY: VW BEETLE—A CLASSIC DRIVING MACHINE

10-traffic starsdog 001-001There is one driving experience every car guys should have and it can be found behind the wheel of a vintage Beetle.

A stock Beetle is one of those cars that is unlike any other because it’s such a great take ‘er for a rip machine.

You can pin these cars, get the revs up, slice though the gears like a knife and feel like Mario Andretti…all without pushing the speed limit.

This MSCC Star of the Day Beetle was at the bottom of a hill a few summers ago and the driver had more fun that day pinning it than every other guy on the street.

 

MSCC DECEMBER 9 STAR OF THE DAY: CORVETTE STING RAY—THE CLASSIC ERA

09-imgp5441-001Chevy never anticipated the Corvette would celebrate 62 years with the 2015 version of this legendary North American sports car.

The Vette was born in an era when Elvis Presley walked through the door of Sun Records for the first time, a guy named Stalin was in his last months as the leader of the Soviet Union, Lucy was the biggest thing on black and white TV and computers were the size of a house.

There have been many forms of the Vette over the decades but few people will buck the idea that the ’63-67 version was one of this automotive legend’s finest eras.

This MSCC Star of the Day Vette at a show a few years ago is a strong argument in defense of that idea.

 

MSCC DECEMBER 8 STAR OF THE DAY: ’69 SUPER BEE – BECAUSE DODGE WANTED A ROAD RUNNER

08-imgp8072-002Car companies are like families in many ways because one of the biggest factors is sibling rivalries between divisions.

Pontiac got the GTO in ’64 so by 1965 Chevy wanted one so by 1966 the Chevelle SS396 joined the GM family.

Plymouth fired up a huge sibling rivalry in 1968 when they brought out the Road Runner and that made Dodge throw a temper tantrum so the Super Bee was born.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’69 Super Bee showed how positive sibling rivalry could be at times because this view of the back end was what most guys saw when they went up against one.

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