Street Parked: 1946 GMC CC-152

GMC cc-152 front quarter
World War Two presents a problem when trying to identify the age of cars made in the years immediately before and after. Built between 1941 and 1947, this truck is probably a 1941 or a 1946 as none were available to the public during the war years. However, it could be military surplus sold after the war, with untold stories of wartime service driving the Burma road or chasing Patton east through Europe. There’s no way to tell, so I’m calling it a ’46. This 68+ year old truck still works for a living.
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Street Parked: 1962 Chevrolet BelAir

Bel Air profile
UPDATE: This car is actually a 1964 Bel Air, thanks for setting me straight everyone. That’ll teach me to not carefully check my memory!
Matte finished cars normally don’t catch my eye. Even when I do notice them, they hardly ever look good to me. This big sinister Chevrolet is different, the matte paint job really works. The car looks both elegant and frighteningly evil.
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Street Parked: Mercury Bobcat

Mercury Bobcat front quarter
The Mercury Bobcat is a rebadged and very slightly tarted up Ford Pinto. This car is a street parked holy grail! I haven’t seen a Bobcat in at least 15 years and nearly crashed when I rode my bike past this one on my morning commute. Savor the glory of this orange bastion of 1970s domestic small car compromise.
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Street Parked: Fiat 500 Topolino Belvedere

Topolino Belevedere front quarter
I saw this charming little wagon while strolling through Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood. Today’s subject is a Fiat 500 Topolino Belvedere made some time between 1951 and 1955. This is the original, original Fiat 500. The car my brand new 500 Abarth was styled after was called the “Nuova 500”, or “New 500”. This car was the first mass market Fiat sold to every Italian, starting in 1936.
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Street Parked: 1967 Dodge Dart

Dodge Dart rear profileIn 1967 the fourth generation of Dodge Dart was released. It was bigger than the third generation, but was still “compact” and weighed under 3000 pounds. This car is a base model Dart 2 door sedan with the venerable 170 cubic inch (2.8 liter) slant six engine. It seems that by the late 60s the trend of trying to make smaller American cars was fading. This Dart is a fairly sizable car for being an entry model, it would dwarf a VW Beetle.
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