Last Call: Power Brake Edition

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The 1950s were arguably the heyday of dashboard design. In fact I would say you’d never grow bored with any of that era’s dashboards.
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  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Since it’s Last Call and I was at that odd car show this week. Why not go ahead and post a weird car that most people haven’t seen.

      1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        Gotta be the same one. There aren’t that many standard, UN-stretched Duetts here!

      2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        Oh yeah it’s got to be the same one and it was for sale. It didn’t have a price on it.

  2. salguod Avatar

    My T’bird has “Power Brake” on the pedal too (not my car):
    They were marketed as “SwiftSure Power Brakes“, and the ’58 had it on the pedal:
    I think marking the pedal was common back then because power brakes was an extra cost option.

  3. Alff Avatar

    The 50s were the heyday of dashboard design. Agreed. This is a remarkable dashboard. Agreed. You will never grow bored with any of that era’s dashboards. Wrong.
    You are driving a vehicle built in an era in which dashboards were not expected to occupy your attention. Agreed.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      I sure would appreciate the opportunity to prove you right. I’ll need a 1955 Oldsmobuicallac, a $20 bill and a tank full of gas. I’ll let you know the results of my investigation into the long term entertainment properties of Post-War Neo-Deco mass produced cabin interfaces in about 15 years. I’ll need a research assistant, of course.
      P.S. Ain’t growed bored with ol’ Bill Mack yet

  4. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    Does the center section flip up to make a hibachi? It totally should.

  5. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    How about another one from that show. We see a lot of flower cars for sale and on this site but this was the first time I saw one that was complete. I didn’t know flower cars had a cap. It made their reason for being make a lot more sense. Which was that a flower car carries a coffin that is covered in flowers. As opposed to a hearse that just carries a coffin.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Huh. The few funerals I’ve been to there were both a hearse and a flower car.
      Nice hat, BTW. Really fits the vehicle.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        Well there is a very good chance that I have no idea what I am talking about.
        Oh and did my Grandpa Reading Phillies hat show up in the shot? It helps when you are using the DSLR. Although I should have brought my flair hair.

        1. Batshitbox Avatar

          I was referring to the rotating yellow “party hat” light which seems to be on top of this flower car (van?), but might be in the background on something else.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      We see a lot of flower cars for sale and on this site…
      That sounds like both a reason to be proud about the Hooniverse and to substract a painful amount of man points.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        When a “Flower Car” equals a vehicle designed for funerals and the dead then I think it doesn’t cancel out man points.

  6. Frank T. Cat Avatar
    Frank T. Cat

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    All is well in Swedish Car Hell™.
    Just need to do a fluid and filter change, stop some oil leaks, then swap over my Taliaferro 22mm ARB and steering rack brace. And get it inspected. And get the Super Aeros mounted.
    All by this Sunday so I can wake up at the asscrack of dawn and go to Swedish Car Day in the right car for the job.

  7. Krautwursten Avatar

    Considering buying a Catfish Camaro with a 3800 Series II, bangshift, allegedly 55k miles and recreation Colorado State Patrol decals whose inspection is running out this month and the description says nothing about whether or not it’s being renewed, and if not, why not. What could possibly go wrong?

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