Remember those great, big, American cars of the 50s and 60s, and maybe even 70s? You don’t get much chance to see them unless you’re near a movie shoot…so imagine my surprise, on my first day in Stockholm, when I turned the corner and found a streetful of them!
Turns out it was a street show day for Cruisers.se, one of Stockholm’s several American car clubs, and if I had been there earlier, I would have seen even more. The big ‘57 Desoto, above and below, was a real heart-tug for me; my father had the same model as a yellow-and-white Plymouth. It never seemed to make as bold a statement as the Desoto, though.
Here’s a true odd-ball: a late Ford Ranchero, built on a T-bird chassis, probably 1977.
Another one with a personal connection for me was this ‘70 Bonneville convertible. OK, so my ‘69 wasn’t a convertible, and was monotone dark blue—it was still fun to drive and amazingly big.
I found another "near miss" car here, too: a '69 Olds 442, the hot cousin of my very tame Olds F-85. Why is it I always seem to miss the wild ride version?
And then there were Cadillacs. The blue ‘64 is just a car, but the black ‘60 has a whole different meaning for me; a neighbor had a red convertible ’60 that my friends and I washed and polished almost every Saturday for a year, in return for the privilege of driving it to the A&W Drive-in on Sunday afternoons.
Last, but not least: a plain-Jane ’55 Chevy and an unrestored but low-riding ’57 Olds.
There are a couple more shots in the slideshow below…
Honk if you know something more about these cars!