Chrome Memories

The other day, I was driving through Windham, trying to find a boat ramp (I never did find it), when I drove past this beauty on route 302:


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1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan


I drove on for about a half mile and then made a U-turn. It was just what I thought it was.


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1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan


If the captions haven’t tipped you off, it’s a 1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan.


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1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan


Aside from a few cosmetic differences, this is the car my father bought new in 1956. Same colors. Same chrome trim. Aaaaagh! The chrome!


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The chrome! It burns!


Even as an eleven-year-old, I had large amounts of patience and OCD. But the chrome polish was handed to me, and this grille was a killer. There was a lot of it, and the back edges were sharp. And it sucked even more in cold weather, when my hands hurt anyway.


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1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan


Still, if I hadn’t just blown my life savings on a new truck, I would’ve been sorely tempted to buy this one-owner sweetie. Chrome killer-grille and all.

Hey, I never said I was rational. OK, maybe I did, but I lied.

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5 Responses to “Chrome Memories”

  1. bronxblog2 Says:

    Thanks for the memories……

  2. iamfelix Says:

    That’s a beaut. My dad had a ’56 Buick Special, 2-tone green. What I would give to have it – or one like it – now. And don’t get me started on my long-ago ’65 GTO….

  3. lizardbrain Says:

    Hey, iaf, sorry I missed you; my internet access has been a little spotty lately.

    Thanx for dropping by.

  4. iamfelix Says:

    Mine, too – lost my job in April (and with it, a blazing T1 connection to read blogs on my lunch break) — Now it’s all job hunting & verrry sloooow dialup. Woe is I! :-D

  5. lizardbrain Says:

    Aaaaagh! I’d have a hard time living with dialup now that I’ve been spoiled by broadband. Hope your job situation looks up soon.

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