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Sunday, May 4, 2014

"59 Fins"

After several days of overcast, chilly, rainy/snowy weather with wind gusts over 60mph, Friday was finally a thing of springtime beauty. And the fact that BW got the day off made it more beautiful still. So after walking the dogs and spending much of the rest of the day doing yard work, we decided that Happy Hour was best spent on the front porch with homemade margaritas (1 part each lime juice, triple sec, and tequila). But alas, we were out of tequila! So, off to the liquor store. On the way, this 1959 Dodge Custom Royal convertible, looking rather like a lemon meringue pie on wheels (I had citrus on the brain), caught our eye as it sat in the visitor's parking lot at the hospital….


"So, Laloofah," you are probably wondering, "Do you always take your camera on tequila runs?" No, my delightfully smartass but astute blog readers, I do not. :-) But since we live just a mile and a half from the hospital, we bought our tequila (priorities!), took it home and grabbed the Rebel and returned to take these photos just for you. It was the least I could do, since we didn't have enough key limes to invite you all over for margaritas...


Check out the cool trim on those headlights…


And the unique pushbutton transmission selector on the far left side of the dashboard…

If you want to read about and see more details on a '59 Custom Royal Convertible, inside and out (with top down) and under the hood, I found this beautifully restored example. They call its two-tone color scheme "coral/quartz," but in keeping with my snappy citrus theme I prefer to call it Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita. Cheers!:-)

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  1. Ah, margaritas...I can smell them now. Good stuff.

    And...the good old days of snazzy looking cars. :-)

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    1. The cars of yore are certainly eye-catchers! And this one just screamed "Summer!" at me at the top of its lungs - maybe because of the sunshiny color scheme, or the fact it was a convertible, or because it's this time of year that everyone gets their classic cars out of winter storage and starts cruising the mean streets of Sheridan in them. I just knew I had to get some pictures of it! :-)

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  2. Older cars have so much more character than the modern boxes. Sadly they also drink more.
    Mmmm margaritas.
    I hope Spring has settled down with you, and is no longer flirting. She is very, very good at the now you see me, now you don't caper.

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    1. Good segue Ellie Sue, from the guzzling old cars to the guzzling old margarita drinkers. LOL

      Spring is still being her capricious, capering self - this morning we had a rare ground mist at sunrise (took photos, but haven't downloaded them yet), a high of 70ºF predicted for today - and then an inch of snow and a temp 30 degrees colder by Wednesday! But for now I plan to enjoy the pretty viola in our garden that came back and is blooming like mad. :-)

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  3. Whoever owned that slick car sure kept it nicely detailed! -- barbara -- FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK

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    1. They sure did - either they did a great restoration job or it's been lovingly maintained. It was quite pristine inside and out - I even left a note in their windshield telling them their car is GORGEOUS. :-)

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  4. [ Smiles ] Wow, a classic car in great condition!

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    1. Hi, Renard! Sure was! I've heard from a local friend that it may be a local car, the Montana license plates notwithstanding. I'll have to look for it at this year's annual Karz Rod Run! (Sharing that link in case you want to feast your beadies on more classic cars in cherry condition!) :-)

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  5. Oh my, is that ever sweet! I love the shot of the grill. It looks gorgeously mean! I've never seen a push button selector like that before. Very unique!

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    1. I thought you'd enjoy this one, Molly! :-) "Gorgeously mean" - have you been watching "Christine" again?? LOL I agree about that push button selector, I didn't even know those existed! I was glad the owner had left the driver's side window rolled down so I could stick my camera through it and get that photo!

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  6. Hi,Laloofah. Nice classic car photos! I feel very happy that you came to my blog. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Minoru! My classic car photos don't hold a candle to your castle and cherry blossoms, but I'm glad you stopped by and I appreciate your comment! :-) Wishing you a wonderful week as well….

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  7. Wow, the owner keep the car in perfect condition and I find the colour so summery. Margaritas are always a good reward after hard work... what are you planting in your yard? Flowers, maybe some veggies? :)

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    1. Very summery! It went perfectly with that day's weather! I'm afraid our yard work didn't consist of anything as fun as planting (we wait till after June 1 for that, we've experienced too many late snows and hard freezes to be fooled by the warm spring days that try to lure us in!) We were raking, mowing, and trimming. But later, we plan to plant a few flowers in our front flower bed and on the south side of our house, and some herbs and one or two veggies in our herb garden off the kitchen, and maybe try growing some cherry tomatoes and berries in big pots on the patio. We'll see! (I'd love to put in a raised bed garden next year). Some of our perennial herbs (mint and thyme) have already started growing, and our viola has been blooming for over a week! Hope they can handle the snow that's predicted starting tonight...

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  8. I used to have one of these....yeah, right! '59 was the year of the fin, for sure! Dad almost bought a '59 Caddy until I threw a fit and said I wouldn't be seen dead in it....lol! Beautiful pictures! xoxo

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    1. Hey, you COULD have had one of these, if you hadn't pitched the hissy that kept your dad from getting one! :-)

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  9. Oh, the car looks so funny. I'm not allowed to drink margaritas, but they look very colourful and fresh, maybe you could prepare some lemonade for me :)

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    1. Of course, Erin - fresh lemonade, coming right up! Your beverage will match this car. :-)

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  10. I had no idea you were posting to your blog again. I fear I'm a few behind (not unusual for me) but the difference is that I didn't know it!! :-) So now that I do, I'll work on catching up!!

    My favorite part was the whole story about how you happened to take these pictures in that you didn't have your camera with you on a tequila run (makes sense) and how fortunate we are that you went back and got it.

    That car is really gorgeous. I don't think I would have found it pretty if it had been all yellow but with that Meringue paint job it's really attractive! Thanks for all the great closeup shots of it. Those push bottons for the transmission are a hoot.

    It sounds like it was a really pretty day and alot of fun. I'm really happy you had one of those since much of your weather lately has not been!!

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    1. I thought I'd mentioned it to you, but perhaps not! I think I'd only done two posts since your last visit, so there wasn't too much to catch up on. I'd planned to do another post this weekend, but that didn't work out. Too much to do with BW out of commission. Maybe later this week… things to share have been piling up again!

      I agree that the white really sets off the yellow and makes the car much prettier than it would be if it were solid yellow. From the photos I've seen of this particular year, make and model, the majority (all?) were two toned, though I didn't see any others with this color scheme.

      There have been times that we've been running errands and I SHOULD have had my camera along, and there was no way to go back and get it in time to capture the missed moment. So yes, I was very lucky that the car was still there and we live so close so I could capture this one. Pam's husband, who has several older cars and hotrods himself and who is a member of the Karz Klub says this car has been in lots of local car shows, including the Rod Run (the 4th of July car show we took you to when you visited one summer!) But we sure didn't remember seeing it before!

      I thought the push button transmission was pretty funny too! Looks like the old car radio push bottoms for changing stations. :-)

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