Happy Independence Day! If you are an American this is a big thing, even if the holiday does fall on a Wednesday this year. For the rest of us, it is just another summer day.
I could go on a rant about America’s history and place in the world, its politics and social problems, but it isn’t polite to spoil the party. Plus, I have all these pictures of American cars I took on Sunday at the car show in Mullheim.
Growing up in North America, I remember most of these from my childhood or teen years. Given the narrow, twisting roads in this part of Germany, these vehicles are totally impractical. At least, they appear that way to me. Somehow though there is something special about the designs. You could probably make a strong case that, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Detroit auto makers captured the energy and optimism of postwar America. These cars are pristine examples of a now long gone culture.
America and car design both changed as the 1960s rolled on. Cars today seem, to me anyway, to be essentially boring. More fuel efficient, more environmentally friendly, but nevertheless boring.
So today let’s join with Americans and celebrate the past. These cars are a testament to a different era, when we were younger and probably a lot more innocent. Some days it is good just to look back and remember.
Let’s start with a 1972 Buick Skylark.
And a 1961 Oldsmobile.
I can’t remember when this Chevvy station wagon was from.
Love the fins on this 1962 Cadillac convertible.
A couple of Ford Thunderbirds, the black one from 1966 the other from 1963.
And to close off today’s post, my favorite of the American cars (because of the color), a 1966 (I think) Chevvy Bel Air.
There were other American cars on display, but this post has already gone a little longer than I would have liked. Tomorrow some pictures of German models.