Skip to comments.4 Bizarre Car Accessories that Used to Be Cool
Posted on 08/16/2012 2:44:55 PM PDT by djone
"Most of us dont spend much time listening to vinyl anymore, but just like that DJ spinning records in a trendy nightclub, there was a time when you could cue up some 45s in your Chrysler. In 1956, you could get an optional record player in Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles......Years ago, automakers used to hide gas caps in stealthy locations. Cars like the 56 Chevy Bel Air had the gas cap hidden behind a taillight, which would swivel out of the way, while numerous cars from the 60s and 70s had their fuel fillers located behind the license plate.
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The 1948 Tucker Sedan pushed the boundaries of car tech in its day. And although only 51 cars were ever made, the Tuckers third headlight pioneered some of the features found on todays high-end cars. Known as the Cyclops Eye, the Tucker Sedans third, middle headlight would swivel with the steering wheel to improve visibility around corners.... op-up Headlights
The first car that could wink its lights at you was the Cord 810, which was introduced in 1936. Each of the Cords headlights had a hand crank on the dash, which had to be turned to pop the lights out of the front fenders.
Gas cap behind the license plate lasted until the 1990’s, my 1995 Buick had it there.
Very convenient, didn’t have to worry which side of the pump to pull into.
I had a job pumping gas as a kid (40+ years ago), and I remember those sneaky places where the gas cap was hidden on some cars. I was defeated only once, and it was the first time I had to gas up one of those ‘56 Bel Airs. I had to ask the driver how to find the gas cap.
I have a 1957 Bel Air with the gas in the tail fin. I’m so cool.
I don’t see how that record player could work. Wouldn’t any bump cause it to jump a track?
Some years ago, I was driving through Long Beach, Calif. and saw 1948 Tucker just moving along Long Beach Blvd. like any other car—something you don’t see every day.
Reminds me of that scene in “Vacation” where Clark is searching all over the new car for where to put the gas pump in, after searching everywhere his wife pulls open a hinge on the front hood and yells out “Clark- Isn’t this the gas tank?”.
I miss vent windows.
I had a Riviera like that. The last of the FWD V8 ones.
My grandmother had a baby-blue, 1956 Cadillac. I was always fascinated by the hinged, driver-side [IIRC] tail-light that flipped up to fill the gas tank.
As tiny children, we also loved the rear-seat, center, fold-down armrest which we assumed was a booster seat for, well, tiny children. No car-seat contraptions then, baby. We roamed free!
I put one in my ‘51 Ford. Only used it when we were parked in the hills.
I remember falling asleep on the deck behind the back seat of my Dads 51 Buick.
We only used ‘em while watchin’ the submarine races.
Ah, yes, those were the days . . . :-))
The mechanism was suspended on springs so they would tolerate small bumps. They only played 45s which are less fussy than LPs.
I had one of these once (not in a car, though). Got good money for it.
I thought this too.... but then, my 2003 Honda Odyssey CD player has started doing the same thing. (my only complaint)
I think it was supposed to be used when parked on Lover’s Lane.
“We only used em while watchin the submarine races.”
Wasn’t often but occasionally a girl would be surprised that there were submarines in Lake Erie. And that they raced underwater so you could just see the waves.
It had a button on the dashboard which when pushed, would shoot lubricating fluid through the car.
VW Bugs used to have the gas tank and cap under the front hood. Some also had an interesting accessory—a gas heater that tapped off the gas tank. This heater was required in cold climates as the aircooled engine heater put out about as much heat as a hamster blowing on a burned out match. Anyhow the gas heaters smelled bad and used more gasoline than the car engine did. Glad that one went away.
When did “parking” go out of style? When cars got smaller or when cops went nuts?
I was just reading something yesterday about the American Legion hall in El Monte, CA, and how it drew kids from all over LA to “underage” rock’n’roll shows, because they were not allowed within the city of LA. It also supposedly led to the LA car culture, because kids would drive long distances to go there.
One person reminiscing about those days mentioned having a Craig record player in his car. He said “you hit one bump, and it’s goodbye ‘45.”
That’s when back seats in cars were big enough to have a dance in. LOL
The picture of the 56 Chevy isn’t showing up for me.
Submarine races..brings back memories at the drive in
Think the really old VW`s the gas cap was
under the front hood
There was (might still be) a sign along a secluded road in my area. It said “No Parking-No Excuses”.
But the COOLEST thing was my brother and his '65 Galaxy XL, 500 .. dark green, black interior and a lot of chrome.
Uncle Fancy (as he came to be called) had a 45 record changer under the dash. I remember it held 6 or eight 45's. Y'couldn't play 'em unless you were parked (at the submarine races) or cruisin' around town.
Yep ... uncle Fancy.
Heck, I just want to find one of those aftermarket cupholders you stick on your window sill. Need to hang it on the sidecar of my Ural. Nobody carries them any more.
I tried the trick of putting my mocha in the spokes of the spare tire. That must only be for staying still. Bernoulli effect sprayed coffee all over my trunk.
under the front hood
My '64 Beetle had it under the front hood in the trunk.
The fuel gauge didn't work so I used to dip the tire iron into the tank to see how much fuel I had.
I remember my Brother’s 55 Buick had the starter in the accelerator pedal. When you pressed on the accelerator the starter was engaged. I guess it had some solenoid or something which disengaged after it started.
I also remember my Father’s pickup had a throttle. It was sort of an early cruise control except it simply kept the carburetor at the same amount of gas. There was nothing automatic about it. You had to push it back in if you stopped.
6 kids on a long trip, 54 Pontiac, We had to sleep somewhere. Floor boards, rear decks etc.
You couldn’t cue up 45’s in your Chrysler.
Hi-Way Hi-Fi played 16-2/3 RPM disks.
I think it was when society accepted that we were getting laid and we didn't give a shit if we were caught or not.
I miss vent windows. I also miss floor vents, and station-wagon rear windows that could be rolled down. I miss big V-8 engines that would let you cruise effortlessly at 75 miles an hour or more all day long, hardly noticing hills or mountains.
I miss the days when everyone looked forward to the new fall models, with the top-secret new models hidden under sheets as they were rolled along during the Fourth of July parade. There were expensive color brochures in the showroom, all shot with gorgeous sunsets playing on the sleek flanks of the new cars. I miss the excitement when the family bought a new Chevrolet every other September (because only Democrats bought Fords).
For that matter, I miss good old Detroit steel that could survive an accident over 20 miles an hour without being totalled. I miss road trips, and Sunday drives, both concepts that my own children have not been exposed to because gas is so expensive and no one has the time anyway.
What the hell have they done to my country?
Ah, yes...the submarine races. I remember them well...
I think the “Green Hornet” had a record player in his ride. And that was a Chrysler.
And the dimmer switch on the floor where you could find it.
Yes, I had a car with the gas cap there too. The annoying thing was I was driving an old Delta 88, so if the car at the pump in front of me didn’t pull up far enough, I had to sit and wait for them to leave. Otherwise, I could not pull up far enough to get the stupid hose all the way to the back of the car.
The richest guy in our HS had a new midnight blue 1964 Impala with a 45 rpm record player where the glove compartment usually was. Kewl!
YES, but while crusing slow or parked, very “functional.”
To this day I can’t see a 64 Ford Galaxy without thinking of the high school beauty I had a crush on.
Her Father had a 64 Galaxy 4dr. hardtop. It was yellow. I think I somehow transferred her beauty to the car as I still think they were a striking car.
How do you like it? They look like fun.
Family had a 1960 DeSoto which had front seats that would swivel when the doors opened to allow easy exit.
Was it this one?
My first car was a 1953 Plymouth with a flat head 6 cyn
and a power glide transmission that was a standard or and automatic. Neither of which worked very well.
The weirdest car I had that really hid the gas fill was a 69 Renault 10. It was in the rear inside the engine compartment. The battery though was up front in the trunk. Very cheap car. Very expensive to keep running afer 30K miles.
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