3/3/2011

item 1 >>> Now Playing Yummie Yama Papa This is from 1965. Do the Fireballs actually sing “She really puts out when you kick her in the…gas”? Listen and find out, brudda…

item 2 >>> LQQK @ †h∆†! Whats My Line? Yes, well, this is about as “suggestive” as TV got back in the day…thinking about zippers, especially in men’s pants, you see…the best part is Steve Allen’s initial questions…“When you get to the end does a bell ring?” Priceless…

item 3 >>>  Brown-Out…Whether Taupe or Mahogany, Palomino or Fawn, from Pecan Frost, Sandshell Beige, and Suntan Copper to Saddle Bronze, Ginger Glow and Chestnut Metallic, cars from the good old days…50s-70s…were offered in various shades of brown…ranging from reddish to yellowish to orangey to brownish brown. Never the most popular, but always out there, as paint chips on the net will testify…and you can find them for just about every model, every year…just Google yourself brown-in the-face. Today’s selections are in no way meant to be comprehensive or representative…just a bunch of brown cars….and we’ll start with way back…

(Top) is a 1934 Packard in 3 shades…(bottom left) a 1926 Chrysler Imperial and (bottom right) a 1939 Daimler. Even before WW2, brown and tan was an especially chic combo, especially for the wealthy looking for something distinctive. One of the things you have to understand is that black paint wore better and oxidized more slowly…with other colors, you had to repaint every couple of years. By the 1950s, new pigments and improved technologies solved this problem, and the everyman was now bathed in a rainbow of choices.  BTW, that’s a British Daimler…spun off from the German auto-maker in 1896, and pronounced DAME-ler…the official supplier of cars to Queen Elizabeth II and her 3 predecessors.

item 4 >>>  Bang! Bang! It’s a Studebaker…Imagine marketing your car as a “Big Gun” today…well, there was the Chrysler Magnum. Here’s a beautiful 2-tone President 8 superimposed on a brochure…

item 5 >>> A Panther in Your Bathtub…(left) 1951 Nash Statesman…(right) one of several incarnations of Packard’s ill-fated Thunderbird-fighter, the Panther Daytona…this from 1954, never got beyond the dream car stage.

item 6 >>> And Speaking of Packard…The 2-tone craze escalated to 3-tone with this beauty from 1956…

item 7 >>> How Brown Was My Chevy…You want a brown Chevy?…Tellya what I’m gonna do…clockwise, 1947 wagon in Maple Brown…1950 Rodeo Beige over Moonlite Cream…1954 Pueblo Tan…and 1953 Saddle Brown, yee-hah!

item 8 >>> Chrysler Traveler Redux…Follow-up from yesterday…they gave you a choice of dark over light or light over dark…and there’s a close-up of the glitzy roof-rack…

item 9 >>> God, I miss these cars!!!…The cool combo of Tuscan Bronze over Sahara Sand…top is 1960, bottom 1961.

item 10 >>> The Pregnant Porsche …Todays’ 4-door Porsche Panamera? Old news…they tried it back in 1967…built just one, at a cost of more than a brand-new Rolls Royce…nice color, tho…

Wicked Ballsy

Ha-ha…well, on the topic of colors…this is a bit out-of-date, from 2006, and sort of gay, but still…and while I’m thinking of it, remember the Ford Maverick? Introduced as a 1970 model in the Fall of 1969…then in the Spring of 1970, they came out with some special colors, including Original Cinnamon, Thanks Vermillion, Anti-Establish Mint, and…this ‘un…

raw umber and burnt sienna shameless plugs…

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