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Legendary Lost Cars
Hagerty ^ | 5/24/12 | Rob Sass

Posted on 06/01/2012 12:36:11 AM PDT by Impala64ssa

Most of us have had the experience of losing a rental car in a big parking lot. Maybe your cousin Eddie has had the experience of cutting his grass for the first time in five years and finding a car. We’re not talking about those cars. The cars on this list are the holy grails of automotive lore. They’re near-mythical cars that have disappeared, most likely never to be seen again.

1956 Chrysler Norseman: The Norseman was a concept car built by the Italian styling house of Ghia that demonstrated the feasibility of several unique styling features like a near free-standing hard top. Ghia understandably chose a fine Italian ocean liner to deliver the Norseman. Sadly, it was the ill-fated Andrea Doria, which sank off the coast of Massachusetts. Given what your average car looks like after ten Michigan winters, after a near sixty year salt bath, it’s likely that little remains of the Norseman.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History
KEYWORDS: automotive
Interesting. I learned how to drive on my dad's 1962 Pontiac Catalina. A few years after he sold it someone rebuilt the tranny and did some bodywork and it appeared in a couple of street scenes in the movie The Wanderers.
1 posted on 06/01/2012 12:36:17 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa
Very cool!

2 posted on 06/01/2012 1:40:06 AM PDT by I see my hands (If you say what you think then no one will like you.)
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To: Impala64ssa

In 1965 I bought a 1962 Grand Prix (same body/chassis as the Catalina) that had a 421 and a 4-speed. Drove it until I enlisted in 1968. Wish I still had it but to tell the truth, despite its ferocious, for the time, acceleration, they weren’t very good cars compared to today’s.

As a matter of fact, I’ll bet my Escalade would out accelerate it.

Still, cruising down Ocean Avenue in Carmel, trying to look cool with Lynn sitting in the other bucket, are memories to be treasured.


3 posted on 06/01/2012 1:44:43 AM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Great article. The Norseman was a new one for me—and that it was shipped on the ill-fated Andrea Doria.

Thanks!


4 posted on 06/01/2012 1:45:41 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: exit82
This 1954 Hudson Italia, Chassis No. 00011, one of 21 still existing of the 25 that were made. Sold in 2009 for $275,000

5 posted on 06/01/2012 2:09:37 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: Impala64ssa

Legendary Lost Car: My Triumph Spitfire, which I drove year-round in Canada. First the floorboards disappeared, then the wheel-wells.....


6 posted on 06/01/2012 2:11:17 AM PDT by golux
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To: Swordmaker

Thanks, Swordmaker—didn’t know about the Italia either.

Interesting how so many car makers looked to Italian stylists in the 1950s for inspiration and ideas.


7 posted on 06/01/2012 2:12:37 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Perdogg

This mentions the Aston-Martin from GF, so you might want to ping the JB list.


8 posted on 06/01/2012 2:48:55 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Impala64ssa

You contrast these cars with most of the ones of today, it just makes you sick. Cars may have all the neat gadgets and whatnot today, but they’re so ugly on the outside. No style, no class, no panache.


9 posted on 06/01/2012 2:51:14 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Impala64ssa
So what happened to the Black Moon?

10 posted on 06/01/2012 2:55:26 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: exit82
Interesting how so many car makers looked to Italian stylists in the 1950s for inspiration and ideas.

We had a friend in the 1970s in TX who made it big in oil trading and came into a LOT of MONEY. He bought a really fancy red, Italian sports car. Can't remember the name -- something unpronouncable -- but it was a head turner. He took my husband for a spin (which was terrifying) and told us a story. The car was in the shop ALL the time. When he complained to the mechanic (Italian, of course) he was told, "Theess eess Italian car. You wanta precision? You getta Cherman car. Lika washing machine. Precision, precision, precision. Butta Italian car mayka LUFF to you." We moved away shortly thereafter so we do not know what happened to Gary and his love-making Italian sportscar that was always in the shop.

11 posted on 06/01/2012 3:24:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Kartographer

Very cool car except it looks like it would generate lift instead of downforce. I wouldn’t trust that anywhere near 70 but it looks like it’s going about 200 just sitting there. Art on wheels.


12 posted on 06/01/2012 3:33:05 AM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yes, Italian cars are very seductive.

After you drive one, you have to have a cigarette.

Thanks for sharing the story.


13 posted on 06/01/2012 3:58:18 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: x1stcav

A body shop manager I knew in Iowa lifted the 421/4 speed and interior from a wrecked Grand Prix and put it in his Catalina wagon.
Very cool.


14 posted on 06/01/2012 4:22:31 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: exit82
Italian style was all the rage. The grille on the '55 chevrolets was inspired by The look of early ferraris. The American public didn't get it , though and a more conventional grille was used for '56.

CC

15 posted on 06/01/2012 4:38:51 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Now that would’ve been something...in retrospect. I don’t think a 19 year old would’ve seen the coolness of a setup like that at the time.


16 posted on 06/01/2012 4:54:20 AM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: Swordmaker

Okay, I’ll say it...

...what a butt ugly car.


17 posted on 06/01/2012 5:50:31 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: exit82

“Yes, Italian cars are very seductive.

After you drive one, you have to have a cigarette.”

Agreed.


18 posted on 06/01/2012 5:59:09 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: Swordmaker

Speaking of Italian influenced cars, Ted Williams owned one of the first Kaiser Darrin roadsters. He recieved it from Johnson & Johnson as compensation for doing magazine ads for Simoniz. I wonder what became of it?
19 posted on 06/01/2012 6:20:58 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks


In 1963, Pontiac built 6 Tempests with the 421. Both of these screamers were auctioned off at Mecum for around 450K each. Obviously they were not intended to be grocery getters.
20 posted on 06/01/2012 6:33:17 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa
If you buy me a brand new Pontiac Tempest,
I'll love you Tempestably !
21 posted on 06/01/2012 6:41:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: afraidfortherepublic
You wanta precision? You getta Cherman car.
LOL. You reminded me yrs ago when I had a summer job as a go-pher at a parts store. One of the regular customers was this German guy who converted the garage in his house into a repair shop. He seemed a bit "off his rocker" at times but he was the go-to guy when it came to VW's Porcshes and other german cars. We nicknamed him Sputnik, because years earlier him, his wife and then newborn son escaped from E. Berlin with only the clothes on their back and whatever money they had, just as the wall was going up. On a related note, I'd love to see the reaction of some occupunk or 0bammy sychophant to this question: if socialism is so great, why was the Berlin Wall built in the first place? To keep the Mexicans out?
22 posted on 06/01/2012 6:53:41 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

***if socialism is so great, why was the Berlin Wall built?****

Many many years ago I was listening to RADIO MOSCOW on my short wave radio. Vladimir Posner came on and during his propaganda speech said that the wall was built to (now get this) keep the West Germans from flooding in!

I could not believe what I had just heard as photos show the machine guns pointing toward the East.


23 posted on 06/01/2012 7:23:59 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Nice work if you can get it, EVITA. On BROADWAY last week.!)
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To: Swordmaker

BFL. That’s a cool looking car Sword


24 posted on 06/01/2012 8:27:05 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I’m guessing you have read of some old junker Tempest that was selling on Craigslist for $500.00.

Only to be be worth $226,521.63

Story here...

http://www.carsetc.com/blog/2010/july/17/the-ultimate-barn-find—1.htm

and

http://www.popularhotrodding.com/features/0905phr_1963_pontiac_tempest_super_duty/ebay_auction_results.html


25 posted on 06/01/2012 10:33:09 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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