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okc63avanti
03-16-2012, 09:34 PM
I purchased this metal sign to hang in my shop as I decorate it and anticipate the arrival of my newly restored avanti in a couple of months. It is a 11" x 17" metal sign with art work by artist Jack Schmitt.

It is a Gulf station with a 55~56 Ford Fairlane and what appear to be a 1950 Studebaker Commander Regal Deluxe Coupe. The is my best guess on the year and models of the cars, so being the tender hearted Forum buddies that you guys are, please correct me if I'm wrong.

I purchased this sign at RetroPlanet.com

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq16/okc63avanti/StudeGulfNoNoxCrop.jpg

sweetolbob
03-16-2012, 09:53 PM
John

I believe the Ford is a Crown Victoria, one of the better looking Fords of the era.

Bob

Dick Steinkamp
03-16-2012, 10:03 PM
I think the Stude was "stylized" some by the artist.

http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Studebaker/1950Studebaker-Commander-Regal-Deluxe-Coupe.jpg

SN-60
03-16-2012, 11:07 PM
I'm guessing the Ford is a '55.... only because the exhaust system ends under the bumper instead of through the center of the bumper corners. (of course, this car has a Connie Kit)....There's a Ford memory for You....
Does everyone remember '56 Fords with black (carboned up) rear bumper corners with discolored chrome? You'd never see that on todays show cars, but back when these 'cars' were in regular use, many were like that.

BobPalma
03-17-2012, 08:01 AM
Yes, it is a 1955 Crown Victoria.

Stylized to some extent...and without the discolored, through-the-bumper 1956 dual exhaust outlets Ed remembers accurately! BP

raprice
03-17-2012, 09:41 AM
I agree that the Ford is a '55 Crown Victoria. For me, the side spear gives it away. I love the picture and the '50 Stude.
Nice find.
Rog

jclary
03-17-2012, 09:50 AM
Yeah...looks to me that the '50 was painted with a little license by the artist. On my little laptop, the coupe looks almost like it has the cool '52 hardtop. That would be a great custom for someone to build. Since I have come to the realization that I rarely think of something no one hasn't beat me to...anybody know of one that has been done?

Roscomacaw
03-17-2012, 10:19 AM
There's been at least one (and probably more) 52 hardtop fitted with the '51 front clip. The '50 clip would be more than a matter of sheet metal swapping.

plwindish
03-17-2012, 10:47 AM
I always thought the Crown Vic was one of Ford's best looking cars. Anyone recall seeing the early Crown Vics with a green plexiglass panel on the front roof section? I saw one when I was a kid and thought that was just the neatest feature to go along with the chrome strip over the roof.

BobPalma
03-17-2012, 11:07 AM
Actually, the first Ford Crown Victoria was the 1955 model, as pictured. It was available with or without the front plexiglass roof portion.

The first front plexiglass-roof Ford was not a Crown Victoria, but a 1954 Crestline Skyliner. The comparable Mercury was the 1954 Sun Valley.

So Ford played with the names Skyliner and Crown Victoria quite a bit, because by 1957, the Skyliner was the new, retracable-roof Ford, since the tionted-plexiglass-roof front portion model was eliminated after the 1956 model year. BP

SN-60
03-17-2012, 11:39 AM
Let's forget about Bob Palma's last post folks! I hate to think that back in '55, Studebaker borrowed the name for the brilliant yellow paint they used on their new Speedster model from the previous year's MERCURY!!!!!!

BobPalma
03-17-2012, 05:59 PM
Well, they did! To wit:

http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z13968/Mercury-Sun-Valley.aspx