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01 Apr 2011 05:52 #19713 by streamliner
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At first it looks like the same car, but it's not. Look closer at the reflection. The car inside appears to be a 1955 Ford Fairlane, probably Crown Victoria (chrome eyebrows), maybe a Glass Top (???):



1955 Ford Fairlane:



The car outside (you can see its reflection almost directly over the Fairlane) looks to be a 1955 Ford Customline.



1955 Ford Customline:


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01 Apr 2011 13:16 #19716 by DJT
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Dallas would buy 100's of Fords from Auburn Motor Sales (Ford Dealer in town) for his employees and then at the end of the year. The car in the showroom is probably one of those end of year cars for sale.

There's a photo somewhere around the dealership with Russ and Dallas standing in front of a bunch of Fords.

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01 Apr 2011 22:26 #19718 by Justin Kerns
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Very interesting. Based on the nature of the photos posted so far I would venture that Mr. Tremulis took this photo in this manner specifically because the cars look so similar. I fell for his trick!

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02 Apr 2011 13:03 #19721 by Chris Summers
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Thanks to our resident Auburn Motor Sales Historian. :D

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12 Apr 2011 00:12 #19780 by streamliner
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And now for something completely different:

This car is supposed to be based on a Cord L29, built in 1936 for a land speed record attempt at breaking Ab Jenkin's records. Originally called the Golden Eagle, then used in a Jimmy Stewart movie, Speed in 1936. Then used as an attraction at the Thunderbowl Speedway in Carpinteria, CA until around 1956. Then, evidently as an attraction for the Village Inn (try their salad bar) in Missouri, until these photos.

Around 1970, these pics are from Acton, CA at a western attraction off of Highway 14. That's Alex Tremulis behind the wheel, then with Pete Politis, Alex's brother-in-law and Gyronaut pit crew member, looking at the engine, and I think that's Strother MacMinn in the side shot.

Anyone know anything more or where this ex-L29 is today???










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12 Apr 2011 00:16 #19781 by Chris Summers
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Looks more like Randy Ema but I could be wrong, you know their faces better than I.

What an indignity for that poor thing (and if the salad bar is the best thing at the Village Inn, it doesn't speak much for the Village Inn). I wonder what the enclosure was supposed to prevent, since the car could be rolled out either end by a thief.

Has a little Malcolm Campbell Bluebird, a little Barney Oldfield's Golden Rocket, and a little Pontiac Club de Mer, all thrown into one.

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