Depending on the era, this car would have been called many things: hot rod, wailin’ short, bad ride, cool wheels. The chrome is good, the paint is fair and the fat tires suggest a muscular V8 ‘mill’ under the hood – a car you’d expect to see in the classic right-of-passage film American Graffiti. In any case, this sheet-metal paean to 1950s Detroit would be perfect for any late-night summer weekend cruiser scene: Remember the sound of revving, throaty engines, tire-burning starts from stop lights and (major dare) spinning donuts? If you do, welcome to advanced middle age. Indeed, this slightly sinister beauty was spotted sitting placidly in the shade on University Avenue near the Allied Arts neighborhood, its days of smoking tires and revving engine now, doubtless, decades in the past.
You can see lots of classic cars at the 2010 Concours d’Elegance, which takes place just across the creek from Menlo at Stanford this Sunday, June 27.