Monday, December 22, 2008

Love in the Backseat



While on my beach side retreat, I had a wonderful little moment of serendipity as I strolled down the road with my mum. Parked in the driveway of a most delightful beach front house I'd been eying off for many years, was parked this amazing 1939 Pontiac. Now, I am not a big car fan generally speaking, but I do have some knowledge in this area thanks to a former boyfriend who was a classic car nut. Years of trawling cars shows rubbed off and I came away with a fairly good general knowledge and an ever recurring desire to have one for my very own.

As it happened, the owner of said car was in the front garden giving it a little spif up and after a kindly, "Morning" agreed to let me have a gander and even offered to take a few shots for me. What a gorgeous car! With its bulbous fenders, running boards wide enough to hold a party on and shiny Indian on the bonnet; it was lust at first sight. This is a car into which you could quite comfortably fit a very large ball gown, petticotes et al; as well as the head room for a top hat, beehive or what ever head adornment takes your fancy. Rather than the 'leg room' you find in cars of today, you could almost stand up and turn around to alight from this carriage.

It also makes me just a little sad, as in contrast it highlights many elements of modern design where style and presence have lost out to comfort at all costs, speed and the cheapest product. These days to find a genuine wood grain dash you have to be looking at a Rolls Royce, Bentley or their buddies. To find this kind of backseat party room, you'd have to hire a limousine. And to my mind nothing on the market these days has quite the same mix of Bonnie and Clyde meets Red Carpet style. So it may not be the fastest, the loudest or have the best fuel economy; but the glamour factor of this marvelous car has me quite won over. Perhaps I'd better start penning next years letter to Santa...






10 comments:

A dreamer said...

i'm not sure if my first comment got published properly....

what a nice gentlemen to let you hop into his car and take some pictures!
i love seeing the classic car clubs out in force on sunny days. They look amazing.

I love the colour of this car too. No one seems to make cars in green anymore. the roads are dominated by silver...

Nadine said...

What a great car!

WendyB said...

Gorgeous gal in a gorgeous car!

A red lipstick said...

Ooh, nice car and really cool sunglasses!

Hammie said...

oooh I can smell that classic car smell as I look at it.
You are made for a car like this, in fact I can see you and Imelda-Matt driving to the Piggly Wiggly in it. And is that Portsea I see in the background?
xx

angelaseeangelablog said...

-gasps- I adore that cardigan. And that's a pretty good looking car too!

XXASAB

Fleur de Guerre said...

Amazing!

And Merry Christmas to you SKM. Hope it's a good one for you and the family xxx

TokyoBunnie said...

Happy Holidays!!! <3

esme and the lane way said...

Absolutely beautiful car! And it's so lovely when people are friendly like that.
And I agree, it is such a shame that good design rarely matters these days... who's going to swoon over our modern-day cars?

ShopDownLite.com said...

You really need that car - that was so cool - big too - like pass the grey poupon size :-)