Last Call: Buckle Up For Safety Edition

I think the fact that she can’t see it is the reason this woman is having trouble with the seat belt. Extra credit, anybody recognize what kind of car that is?
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  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    Is that a roll bra bar?

    1. PaulE Avatar

      Ford apparently pioneered dual air bags in the 1950s.

    2. Michael Bertovich Avatar
      Michael Bertovich

      Takata could only wish for such perfection.

  2. mikeinappalachia Avatar

    ’53-’54 Ford?

    1. Alff Avatar

      No. Similar but not quite. Merc, maybe?

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          The one up top is a ’53, as you’ve also pictured. The ’52 dash is similar but lacks the elongate bezels around the controls.
          The door panel in the one up top further indicates that it’s a Mainline.

        2. Alff Avatar

          Yep. My ’54 has a number of differences. I thought ’53s were the same. Learn something new every day, kids.

          1. dukeisduke Avatar

            Yep, and not a lot of good pictures of that dash out there. Most, like the one I posted, are from the driver’s side, not the passenger side like Robert’s posting, and/or they’re too close up to show the controls on both sides of the column.

          2. Alff Avatar

            The most significant difference is the apparently new for ’54 speedometer with the clear plexi dome on the back. Looks very cool, even if it always reads “0” on my car.

  3. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    What car?

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      There’s apparently car somewhere in the vicinity of the legs in the above photo.
      I dunno, though — ain’t seein’ it.

      1. sporty88 Avatar

        Just keep looking – it will appear eventually. It’s a bit like those “Magic Eye” pictures that was popular a few years ago. It took me quite a few minutes to see it.

  4. spotarama Avatar

    strangely enuf, her line of vision intersects precisely with mine

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    Look down your shirt and spell attic.
    The dash looks like a 1950-ish Oldsmobile, and the roll bar hints that it had some track time, so a “rocket” V8. Plus, Olds was a GM brand, and that’s the era when Harley Earl was fascinated by Dagmars.

  6. Batshitbox Avatar

    It’s a Volvo. Even in the late ’50s, they were big on safety. Notice how comfortably restrained, yet properly supported the driver is. Seems they’re just making sure nothing shakes out in the event of a roll over.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      This is one of the ways Volvo tried to sell the 3-point-belt with what sells best:

      1. marmer Avatar

        I had a girlfriend in high school who refused to wear her seat belt because she claimed it was uncomfortable on her breasts. Even then I was a car guy so we argued about it a lot.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          I can imagine that the belt isn’t always a perfect fit. During pregnancy for instance it seems worthwhile to invest in a special pregnancy belt extension. But I can’t imagine to actually not wear a belt – such a simple device with such a huge impact on safety…no.

          1. marmer Avatar

            Yes, and she wasn’t exactly Dolly Parton, actually trending toward petite. But this was before mandatory seat belt use, and she usually wanted to sit beside me on the bench seat, so I usually gave in. My future wife (different woman) actually used a sheepskin cover for the shoulder belt because it rubbed her neck and shoulder uncomfortably.

          2. dukeisduke Avatar

            The sliding height adjusters for shoulder belts have helped. I’ve experienced cars where the shoulder belt would rub on my skin if I was wearing a t-shirt or tank top (wife beater). Grrrrrr.

        2. 0A5599 Avatar

          If it was a lap belt, she was wearing it wrong. Otherwise…

          1. marmer Avatar

            Oh, I would have so gotten her that! But it was close to forty years ago.

          2. dukeisduke Avatar

            A cub for her puppies?

          3. Michael Bertovich Avatar
            Michael Bertovich

            Isn’t there a Jaboody Dubs for this one?

  7. marmer Avatar

    Wonder how those heels worked with the clutch?

  8. Sjalabais Avatar

    I just stumbled across a fresh Russian post about the “Cortege”-lineup of splendid post-Soviet luxury.
    There will be no production limitations – pay and you get one – and there will be a lot of different versions:
    – Limousine. Length 5800-6300 mm, width of 2000-2200 mm, wheelbase 3400-3800 mm, height of 1600-1650 mm.
    – Car SUV class support. Length 5300-5700 mm, width of 2000-2100 mm, wheelbase 3000-3300 mm, height of 1850-1950 mm.
    – Vehicle tracking, minibus. Length 5400-5800 mm, width of 2000-2100 mm, wheelbase 3200-3500 mm, height of 1900-2200 mm.
    There’s talk of 800hp engines! Hellbear?

  9. KentMB1 Avatar

    Ha Ha Ha, look at the lack of safety devices back then! Why, she’s likely to poke somebody’s eyes out with those things!