RustyButTrusty On The Street – Tough Americans and Boxy Germans

There must have been a movie or TV series from the 1970s that cemented certain cars in your mind. The Plymouth Fury with the fuselage body is such a car – something about these, particularly when they’re rough around the edges, looks absolutely menacing. For an example, take a look at this Fury coupe parked on the streets of Oakland, CA. Silver is not always a color you’d associate with a scary car, but wouldn’t you be more afraid if one of these was silently pursuing you, as opposed to a modern, shiny black SUV that’s all the rage with the cool kids?

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And then there’s this truck. This late 1950s Chevrolet or GMC is still hard at work (okay, it was resting when the picture was taken) at nearly 60 years of age. Sure, it has a little rust, and the color scheme is not by design, but it’s still on the street. And it’s not entirely unusual to see these trucks still in use by gardeners, hauling landscaping equipment and waste.

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Now for a pair of Berkeley BMW 2002s. The first is an unusual black car, somewhat rough around the edges but showing its age proudly. The owner was using it to run some errands, so you can imagine this is his primary driver. It’s like a pair of old jeans – even though they’re a bit torn, they have a lot of stories in them and are more interesting than a shiny, restored car.

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That said, here’s a nice Malaga red square-light car. These were parked almost next to each other. If you live in a dry western state, what have you seen on the street lately? And if you’ve been there on holiday, have you tried spotting some classics? It’s surprising how many are out there once you tally them up.

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One Response to “RustyButTrusty On The Street – Tough Americans and Boxy Germans”

  1. Pat Says:

    The pic above is not a Fury, it’s a 1973 Chrysler Newport

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