Another commercial showed him sitting in the car and demonstrating the power steering by turning the wheel with one finger.
The '57 DeSoto was something else. Great fins, great cars (Ok, all cars were more fun back then than they are now)
Its been 50 years since I heard of Yamagucci, I did not think they made cars too.
Cool video Mike! You bring back a lot of memories. I remember as a young lad riding in my Grandpa's '57 DeSoto, a big yellow one, exactly like the one in the ad,altho it kinda looks white there. What a land yacht! It truly did "float". And that push button tranny!! What a huge deal that was. I remember expressing my awe over it to gramps once, only for him to reply "Timmy, this is A CAR!!!"....emphasis on car in his voice. He thought the world revolved around Chrysler products.
And the secret word is....?
My buddy was street racing his mom's '62? Fury and accidently hit R!! End of driveshaft. Don.
Reminds me of the drag racing record played back in the 50's the correct name of which escapes me, but the fellow shifts from L for lopped to D for drag and then into R for race----with a terrible sound at the end. Anybody else remember that one?
Tim, sounds like one of the "Brother Dave Gardner" records. "L" was for Leap though, as I remember it. Dave
Yup,She was ok untill we turned her head around!
Dave: You are right!!! Well: two out of three is not bad, is it, considering my age???? Nice to know there are "others" out there who are old enough to remember this stuff. Regards.
I believe the head business was when he put his jacket on his girl friend backwards to break the wind during a motorcycle ride then had an accident. I haven't head the name Brother Dave Gardner in over 40 years!
There was this truck going up the mountain that had a sign on it--I may be slow but i'm ahead of you!!! 50 years for me.Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
Mr. Charles there, he were, he were, he were killed outright but Miss Baby, she was alright til me 'n Junior turned her head around.
James Lewis, get away from that wheelbarrow! You know you doesn't know anything about machinery! Dave
This stuff was great but 40 or so years ago setting in a parking lot i heard the farting contest on the radio!! That recording was the funniest thing i have ever heard in my life and i'm sorry to say i have never heard it since!! I laughed so hard it was a wonder i did not choke!! It might have been a english made recording? Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
You gonna' be here when John gets here???
BTW, It seems odd that Burger hasn't weighed in on this thread. I saw that there was some vicious weather in Spokane a couple of days ago. I hope he's all right.
Mike - I'm sure he's alright. That really was a vicious storm, and it started as usual by coming in off of the Pacific Ocean and hit us hard here in NW Washington, and continued eastward, and the last I heard, it was still a pretty violent storm when it hit the upper Midwest. Of course with large cities like Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane, somebody always gets hurt one way or another, and an occasional fatality is unfortunately the case. There were a couple of people killed during this last storm by falling trees, however, there are a lot of people very busy right now all over WA. due to ongoing power outages, flooding, etc, and hopefully, Burgers absence from the forum is just due to the general cleanup that commonly occurs after such a storm. Not sure about Spokane where Burger is, but here on the west side of the Cascades where we are, it always seems like November is the worst winter month for storms,......FWIW,.......harold
Just re-read what I wrote, and it sounds kinda' weird to say that November always seems like "the worst winter month for storms", because come to think of it, it really isn't winter yet, however, winter or not, November always seems to me like the worst here in the PNW,.......harold
If you aint john,i'm gone!!!!!!!!!!!
Blam, teeth, hair and eyes, all over the concrete! Dave
Dang Burger, are you OK? We're worried about you. Hope all is well. Dave
Reporting in ...
Oh yeah, we got the storm, alright. Lost my entire roof, no power for 7 days, just now figured out a
backdoor way to get spotty web access. Temps are down in the 20's, with a nice crunchy 3" of snow.
The good news is the building got wrapped the day before the snow came, and now I just hope for a
mellow winter, to let me reroof the place properly when summer comes.
With no power and nowhere to really be, I got my logging gear out and spent 4 days clearing roads
and cutting trees off of people's houses. At least my place did not get smashed. Some are still without
power. Getting back to work now. Things are starting to get back to normal.
Criminy!! Take care !y friend.
Glad to hear you made it through, Burger.
I don't mean to keep my head in the sand but this is the first I've heard anything happened. Hang in there Burger. Take care and I hope you get through okay.
I posted about it:
Back to the original thread subject ....
My original foray into old cars was with 58-60 Buicks after having a 60 Invicta Custom
convertible dropped in my lap in high school. Nothing could have been more UNcool to
be seen in than a big, finned land yacht like that in 1978, but I was already stricken with
anti-fashionism and old and funky overruled. The Buick was great, but then I stumbled
onto a 57 Chrysler New Yorker and GM was quickly sidelined. And the New Yorker was
great, but I just loved the response my brother got when he told people he drove a DeSoto.
He had picked up a 1960 Fireflite coupe about this time. So, the search was on for a 57
DeSoto convertible ... a car made of nearly solid unobtainium. They were expensive when
new, few were made, and the rust issues of a body platform rushed into production doomed
most of them to the scrap heap, especially with the rapid fall from fashion that finned cars
took after 1960.
The search was long and aggravating, and eventually my target shifted from the 57 to a
1958, as the Hemi was replaced with the soon-to-be-legendary wedge (a good thing) and
refined trim details I found more aesthetically integrated. I found my 1958 Fireflite convertible
and paid a staggering $10K for it when most people still considered finned cars gaudy junk
At this time, six of the 474 made are confirmed to survive. Five of these are in Sweden
today, and the big money weasels that drive the hobbyist out of their own hobby have
made just driving and enjoying the car a burden of worry for theft or vandalism. Were
someone to walk off with parts, finding replacements would be expensive, if even possible.
Mopar's new-for-57 torsion bar suspension made their cars the best handling of the
big land yachts. The Torqueflite transmission was the first really stiff and reliable automatics,
the wedge gave impressive go-fast, and the center-plane brakes were about as good as it
got for late 50's stopping. And then there was the styling. It was groundshaking for its
time and after 50 years, these cars are a rare sight amongst the many Fords and Chevs
that appear at every car show.
It's a helluva car, for sure. But to be honest, the TT is more fun to own and drive.
Rodger K. have you got a 58 DeSoto stashed in your garage?
I wish, but it's not likely to happen. Unlike Burger I prefer hemis before the wedge engine design, so I've got a '53 Dodge sedan with a 241 Red Ram sitting and waiting for it's turn after I've fixed my T's.
There were very few luxury finned convertibles sold in Sweden back in the 50's, but the few that were made a big impression. A sub culture "raggare" that loves US cars has been more or less existant since the 50's, and since a few Swedish entrepreneurs discovered the possibility to earn money by importing used US cars to Sweden during the oil crisis in the early 70's, there have been a steady stream of containers with cars and parts coming over here, varying depending on prices and buyers interests.
At first, muscle cars were imported since the raised gas and insurance costs made them cheap in the US. In later years some of the rarest muscle models have came back to the US since prices have raised more there. After the success of the American Graffiti movie in the mid 70's, finned land yachts were in demand in Sweden since most of those originally imported were rusted and scrapped. In US the interest in 50's cars seems to have concentrated on 55-57 Chevies and T-birds, while all other models were cheap back in the 70's and 80's. In Sweden Forward look Mopars, '59 Chevies and Cadillacs got much higher prices than in the US, so that's why so many ended up here. Some specialists makes parts for the Mopars here and restores them to high standards - i think there are a few restored examples that have went back now when auction prices are high in the USA. Swedish buyers are unlikely to follow when prices goes way up for certain models since the bulk of the enthusiasts are rural working class guys that restores their cars by themself.
Good luck with the installation of your new roof, Burger - hope your insurance company is helpful.