Last Call: Let's Do The Time Warp Again Edition

Whether your tastes and budget leaned towards Comet or Continental, O’Connor appears to have been the place to go. They wouldn’t even look askance if you wanted to wear your hat while driving off in your new car.
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6 responses to “Last Call: Let's Do The Time Warp Again Edition”

  1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    Mann mit Hut fährt nicht gut.

    1. Desmo Avatar

      Mann mit Hut hat Mut.

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    Assuming the car in the foreground means the picture is from the 1962 model year, Comets were still being sold without Mercury badging, so the Comet sign next to the Mercury one on the dealership makes sense. But the Continental sign remains at least four years after that division folded into Lincoln.
    I remember when GM dropped the Geo division. Dealerships had workers and cranes pulling the signs down within 15 minutes.

  3. I_Borgward Avatar

    What is the traditional social norm for men wearing hats in automobiles? Is the inside of your car the “inside”, meaning you take your hat off, or is it “outside”, meaning you leave it on?
    Did Bill Mitchell-style low rooflines contribute to the demise of men’s hats in the U.S. as much as JFK?
    Can a man still get a hat rack accessory for his large 4-door sedan?

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      My grandfather wore hats in the car. One time he made me change out of jeans and borrow one of his polyester sport jackets (probably 20 years out of style by then) because he “didn’t want to be embarrassed if someone saw him out with a grandkid who wasn’t dressed up.” We were going to Denny’s.
      But his tastes were cemented in the midcentury, when he was an esteemed member of a country club, and I’m sure if he wore hats in the car, that was the etiquette when people wore hats.
      Your favorite western wear store can fix you up with a hat rack for the car. Some hinge down from the roof, while other versions suction cup to a window. I believe these are offered more out of practicality than social norms; it is hard to drive a regular cab pickup when your brim hits the glass.
      Mitchell was a hat guy, BTW.

      1. I_Borgward Avatar

        Men’s hats were still around when I was a kid, but considered an old man thing and on their way out. I do faintly recall hearing griping now and then about how you couldn’t wear a hat in a new car without bumping it into the headliner.
        That’s a great picture. What a suit! And I always liked that shade of tomato red GM used for interiors. (insert “why don’t we have cool colors like that in new car interiors anymore” rant here)