Tuesday, June 2, 2020

And Now To Resume Our Journey to Old America

Don't just look at the cars. Look at the people, the backgrounds, and the stores. This is the America we left behind.

We had one of those 1965 wagons. It seated ten people. I don't know if there were seatbelts, but I know we never used them. They weighed over two tons and ours had a 390 c.u. high compression V-8. Nine miles to the gallon highway.

I was the only one that didn't get carsick sitting in the far back seat so I had it to myself. I always took a sack of books with me and would make the miles go by by reading. Every year we went on a long vacation, stayed in motels with swimming pools, and saw some part of America.


6 comments:

Unknown said...

My family had a 1966 sedan of this model, seatbelts from the factory for front-seats only.

My parents had seat-belts added for the rear seat, which I think was as much for maintaining control of us as it was for safety.

Cederq said...

Ours was a fire engine red 1968 Dodge Coronet SWagon with the third seat and a 340cid with a 4 on the floor shifter! A quick car let me tell ya...

Ken said...

We had a '66 or '67 Chevelle wagon took us to Florida and back from Akron, Ohio in 1971. In '77 we did it again, this time in a '73 Caprice Estate wagon (that Chevy 400 was a total dog but the wagon was a comfortable road-trip car).

Allen said...

Oh yes I remember the rear seat solarium. Our annual pilgrimage in the 60's was from L.A. to Chicago. We'd cross the desert with all the windows up "to conserve the AC" with dad smoking up a storm. I was usually relegated to the rear with my crayons and coloring books. One memorable summer it was so darn hot back there all my crayons melted into a big ball of color. Good times.

HMS Defiant said...

'68 Ford Fairlane, 6 of us inside, windows down 3 up front 3 in the back and plenty of books for me, the only one that didn't get carsick reading books. We took many trips each year and when not camping out, we always stayed in a motel with a working pool and diving board.

Pete said...

The Ford 390 Big Block was an impressive engine. I remember a friend picked up a late 60s Mustang with a 390, and it was pretty awesome.