I don’t know the use for fender skirts, but they sure were cool in the 1950’s. I believe Ford made better use of the esthetic affect. There was also a period of time we lowered the rear end of a car, I don’t know why, we just did.
Some folk don’t realize the hood ornament was more than a decoration or a car model’s signature. When dad was teaching me to drive, he used the hood ornament. His instructions, Always keep the hood ornament aligned with the ditch on your right and you will say straight. When parallel parking he said pull up beside the car in front of the parking spot and start backwards, when your hood ornament gets even with the car’s front door, start turning the the steering wheel to the right and then when the hood ornament gets even with his back tire, start turning the wheel to the left, you will slip right in. It always worked for me. I was a little lost when they removed the hood ornaments. (You must remember that was without power steering. LOL).
White wall tires were cool also. scuffed up whitewalls meant you did not drive too well. So some man invented the Curb feelers. If you paid attention, you never scuffed the white walls.
Hubcaps were first invented to keep dirt out of the bearings and hide the lug nuts. When cool guys could afford it they replaced the hubcaps that were born on the car with a custom set, they were expensive, but worth it, I guess, to be cool. I definitely could not afford to ‘waste’ that much money.
I am getting nostalgic working in our storage building. I read some love letters from my wife today. I ran across a book I made of her letters and the pictures she sent on my Last Med-cruise, before we started sending cassette tapes (recorded letters). I also saw the Avon, ‘55 Chevy she bought me once. I still have it.
I guess this also proves I am old, not only being tired after only 10 hours of work, but thinking OLD. hahahaha.
Thanks for stopping by.
Tomorrow I might have the lean-to ready for some pictures.
A 1950’s custom A general Motors vehicle, methinks maybe a 1951 Chevy?