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This week's Collector Car Stars
Rare Pony - 1965 Retractable
Most car guys are well aware of the Ford retractable hardtop option in the 1957-59 lineup.
These cars were a miracle of modern 1950s technology because they transformed a hardtop into a convertible in less than minute.
These hardtop convertibles were the stuff of legends given the limitations of electronics back in the day so it was a natural fit for a '65 Mustang.
There's a misconception about Mopar muscle car because the non-automotive world believes that it began in the 60s and peaked in the early 70s with cars like the '70-71 Hemi Cudas.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mopar muscle began when they built the first Chrysler 300A in 1955. That's when Chrysler engineers realized that a hemi under the hood of the right car could be a true force on the street.
The 1957 300C took it up a notch. The hemi was built up to 392 cubic inches of pure malice and these "banker's hot rods" dominated every speed trial that year.
Letter cars were big, rough and loud and they inflicted pain on the competition. That's why this Star of the Day stood out like an albino grizzly bear in the middle of an elk herd at a big Mopar show last August.
One of the biggest advantages to living in an area with a high car guy ratio is that you can expect to see anything on any given day.
The recent and long delayed arrival of spring uncovered some serious automotive gems this week on the street but the winner was clearly this 1952 Chevy "tin woodie" Wagon.
GM didn't make a lot of these wagons because the woodie craze was on its last legs by 1952 thanks to the complicated, costly and high maintenance wooden structure of the true woodies.
Tin woodies like this were more simulated metallic wood and less real wood but most car guys still go crazy over the sight of a classic 50s era woodie.