MSCC FEB 1 STAR OF THE WEEK: GROUNDBREAKING CUSTOM–’56 CHRYSLER WAGON

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01 imgp4407 001MSCC FEB 1 STAR OF THE WEEK: GROUNDBREAKING CUSTOM–’56 CHRYSLER WAGON

’56 Chrysler wagons are high on the rare scale because the only models with less production were convertibles.

That’s why a custom version of a ’56 Chrysler long roof is a pretty bold step but this car has won so many trophies it needs a trailer to haul them around.

The other part of the equation was the 5.7 3rd Gen Hemi under the hood because this was one of the first high-profile resto-mods to use the 21st century version of the legendary Mopar engine.

They incorporated an updated version of the pushbutton transmission to keep the ’56 vibe going so this MSCC Star of the Week is the perfect bridge between what was and what is…

 

MSCC JAN 31 STAR OF THE DAY: ’57 PONTIAC STATION WAGON-A RARE PONCHO LONG ROOF

31 imgp7607 001Pontiac Division was always second string to Chevy in the General Motors family.

Pontiacs were a step up on Chevys in cost, so they never achieved the same sales figures despite the reality that the difference in price wasn’t much.

Poncho guys believe the only real Pontiacs had Pontiac engines so when GM blurred the lines under the hood, the essence of Pontiac was lost.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’57 Pontiac wagon is a true Poncho long roof and that makes it pretty rare.

 

MSCC JAN 30 STAR OF THE DAY: DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT ON FOUR WHEELS

30 imgp4085 001There are a lot of medium to large sized cities wrestling with the same question.

How do you draw people into the downtown core on weekends?

The answer is pretty obvious-make it more interesting.

This MSCC Star of the Day was spotted back in 2013 during a downtown car show.

It was a great lesson in downtown improvement.

 

MSCC JAN 29 STAR OF THE DAY: FORD WOODY-LONG ROOFS WERE NEVER MORE SPECTACULAR

29 igp3833 001Station wagons are the hottest commodity you can own (with the exception of Apple shares).

The demand for long roofs spiked after Baby Boomers realized there was a price to pay for a dwindling supply of these unloved kiddie haulers.

Wagons made a lot of sense when they were new because they were so big you could haul the Harlem Globetrotters in them and still have room for luggage.

Long roofs were most spectacular in Woody versions like this MSCC Star of the Day at an August 2014 show.

 

MSCC JAN 28 STAR OF THE DAY: DELOREAN DMC 12—DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

28 imgp5828 001The movie ‘Back to the Future’ hit the theaters 30 years ago and one of the biggest stars of the film had four wheels.

The producers could have chosen a Caprice station wagon back in ’85 and the show would probably have been just as successful.

But like anything in life, the sum of the parts is often bigger than the whole.

This MSCC Star of the Day DeLorean DMC 12 was at a show a few weeks ago and you can see why it was a big piece of a 30-year-old movie.

 

MSCC JAN 27 STAR OF THE DAY: ’61 IMPALA—THE EVOLUTION OF BUBBLETOPS

27 imgp0088 001The 1961 Chevy Impala said “welcome to the 1960s” in a big way because Detroit was headed in a new fin-less direction.

These Chevys were trendsetters because they were a clear departure from the space age 50s era.

They were cleaner, simpler and more contemporary than the ’60 Impalas but the cutting edge style included the wafer thin bubbletop hardtop C-pillar from the earlier Chevys.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’61 Impala at a July show is a great example of the bubbletop evolution.

 

MSCC JAN 26 STAR OF THE DAY:’57 DE SOTO ADVENTURER CONVERTIBLE-DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

26 imgp4621 001There are many ways to make bold statements with a modern car because 2015 is the era of more power.

500 horsepower was the high water mark a few years ago but now 600 is the new normal.

Some of these 600-horse cars look subtle and others ooze power and all of them are monsters.

They are presence cars in their own way but none of them will touch the impact of this MSCC Star of the Day hemi-powered ’57 DeSoto Adventurer convertible.

This baby comes straight out of the ‘dare to be different’ files.

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