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    Registered User ExGMan's Avatar
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    Automobile ID Exercise

    I was wandering the Internet today and came upon this photo;

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    Essentially, it's a photo of a traffic jam in Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1962. I looked at the photo and started to see if I could identify the year and make of the cars in the photo. Here's my analysis:

    Photo Made in 1962 in Cape Canaveral FL
    Background: I became interested in cars from an early age and motorcycles not much later. I spotted the
    accompanying photo which was taken in 1962. Once I saw it, I started trying to identify
    vehicles which might have been present on a street in Cape Canaveral, FL in that year based
    only on appearance. There seem to be 27 vehicles facing toward the camera and one facing

    My look at each of the vehicles seemed to show among all 28 of them one European car, one
    Lincoln, maybe a Chevy Corvette, a Chevy Corvair, a couple of station wagons and several
    pickup trucks. The oldest car seems to be a 1953 Ford. There’s also an Edsel I think.
    I made what I thought were partially accurate guesses regarding year of manufacture, and car
    make. If I had no idea about the year, I put a question mark. If I couldn’t figure out a thing, I put
    two. Here are my guesses. Perhaps other older car-watchers will have their own ideas:

    1) 1960 VW - (large rear window)
    2) 1963 Chevy
    3) 1953 Ford
    4) ? Chevrolet P/U truck
    5) 1963 Buick
    6) 1960 Buick
    7) ?? Coca-Cola Delivery truck
    8) 1962 Chevrolet
    9) 1959 Ford
    10) ?? P/U truck
    11) 1962 Lincoln
    12) ??
    13) 1959 Chevrolet
    14) ? Chevrolet Pickup
    15) ? Edsel
    16) ? Dodge Camper
    17) ? Plymouth Valiant
    18) ? Mercury
    19) 1955 Ford Station Wagon
    20) ? Buick
    21) ? Chevrolet P/U truck
    22) ? Corvair
    23) ??
    24) 1957 Chevrolet
    25) ? Corvette
    26) ??
    27) ??
    On the right, facing away from the camera: 1959 Plymouth Station wagon.

    I hope all who’ve read this find this interesting.
    John Gamel - BMW MOA Consumer Liaison
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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    Number 2 is a 61 Chevy.

    Car number 11 ?? In front of the truck is a 61 Chevy.
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    All I know is that those dang foreign cracker boxes like that first car will never catch on. Just a passing fad that can never replace American iron.
    Kevin Huddy
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    Registered User GTRider's Avatar
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    Naaaah, it’s the queue at an early emissions testing station. They’re having trouble getting readings on that first car, hence the backlog.

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    They had not started faking the results yet.
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    I thought it was warm enough to ride

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    I thought it was warm enough to ride
    It was either that or watch hockey.

    I think ExGMan made an excellent choice.

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    They were lined up to get a MacDonalds hamburger with fries for a quarter.
    Kevin Huddy
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