Det är inte bara svenska Posten som kan det här med trevliga retrofrimärken.
US Postal Services kan, de också. Det här häftet med "classic cars" från 1950-talet
är så fint att jag bad en amerikansk vän skriva några rader om varje modell:
1959 Cadillac Eldorado. The ultimate muscle car. Driven proudly with attitiude in the land of white cars: Florida, as well as by Texas oilmen, made suddenly rich by "Black Gold." No longer seen every day or in great numbers but admired overseas at auto shows in places like Åland and Norrtälje, Sweden.
One is more likely to come across one of these convertibles in Sweden and other European countries than in the USA. The Fins and Chrome era is now featured on a series of USA stamps. And those automobiles are always a favorite of films throughout the 1950s and 70s.The Eldorado, the icon of that era gave a comfortable ride in a solid machine that took up nearly all of its side of the road. It could only be passed with care and... admiration.
1957 Pontiac Safari Wagon. A bright star in the galaxy of hot-running automobiles of the 1950s. The Safari Station Wagon could carry a den of Cub Scouts and was regarded as spiffy with its splashes of chrome from stem to stern. Its peppy engine gave it distance over its General Motors' sister station wagons from the Buick and Chevrolet divisions. The class of the must-have stationwagon crowd of the Mid-50s.
1957 Chrysler 300c. A bomb of a car with a 300 hp engine that held high speeds with ease. The engine patterned after airplane engines of Hermi origin was explosive in acceleration. The design was less spirited than its racy Italian designed predecessors of the mid 1950s and lasted only a short time on the market. A road hog at the head of the crowd in straightaway speed.
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk was perhaps too much "in your face" design for the lower end of the market. After years of producing a bland automobile of which it was hard to distinguish the front from the rear unless you owned one, the auto maker finally burst forth with the hardtop Golden Hawk in an attempt to gain stature along side of the Detroit swifties. But the change, although welcomed by many loyal to the Studebaker Marque was too much all at once.
In the end, it was the end of a distinguished company and except for its trucks, Studebaker disappeared soon after the Golden Hawk although there was some revival in 1962 with the sleek Avanti, which was truly a different story from the Golden Hawk.
1957 Lincoln Premier Swift in appearance it performed up to its looks. It exuded confidence
and set the pace for the more aerodynamic automobiles beginning to come out of Detroit
toward the end of the 1950s.
Rolig sida att titta på är också The New York Times Collectible Cars. De har en årlig tävling.
På www.nyt.com man titta på läsarnas/tävlingsdeltagarnas bilder och deras stories om sina bilar.