It was running when I parked it, No. 118: Hail to the Tri-Fives!
In a previous post I mentioned the debut of a line of Chevys known as the Tri-Fives. You are looking at the middle child of that remarkable trio, which said hello to an excited public in 1955 and lasted through 1957. Six decades have passed since then, but no matter: The Tri-Fives are as cool now (and a hell of a lot more expensive) as they were then.
This is a 210, four-door hardtop. It came with a 265 V8 and plenty of torque. Imagine a family of four heading toward Panama City Beach, windows down. ‘How much longer, daddy?”
…a 1948 Chevy Fleetline. See the fancy chrome strips along that absurdly long front fender? The four doors? Those details identify this as the Sportmaster, Chevrolet’s top-of-the-line family sedan. Powered by an inline six, with three on the column, the Fleetline series was an interstate mainstay until 1955. That’s when the Tri-Five line of cars debuted, and a topic for another time.
This ponderous machine once prowled the pavement in Minnesota. It’s now rolled to a stop at Knutson’s Auto Sales/Towing & Recovery. Gila Bend, Ariz., 1,850 miles west of Atlanta.
(Photos by Senior Junkyard Correspondent Harold “Tex” Colson)
Most everything you need to get this ’65 Ford Fairlane running — carb, various wires and a tremendous air filter, among other things — is stacked atop a massive bench seat inside this coupe. The only thing missing is a mechanic. This would-be road-burner is losing the race against rust just outside McRae, Ga., 168 miles southeast of Atlanta.
In 1957, Ford Motor Co. unveiled the Ranchero, a half-truck, half-car that could take a family to church on Sunday and a farmer to the market on Monday. Chevrolet responded two years later with the El Camino. The El Camino, depending on your point of view, was a marvelous machine or a failed effort. As one critic noted, the car/truck – a trar? A cruck? – was like a houseboat: Not a good house, and not a good boat. Still, the El Camino was OK for drive-ins, for heading to the beach, for tossing a keg or two in the back for extended mischief. The El Camino line lasted until 1987. This rusted hauler, an El Camino Sport, was built in 1974. Grant Park, two miles east of downtown Atlanta.