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After years of visiting the MSRA Back to the 50's Show at the St Paul, MN Fairgrounds each year, I thought I should categorize some of the most unique and memorable vehicles I took photos of that weekend. You know, the 1100 photos I took. Well It has taken me nearly a week to look at them all and organize them, and here are some of the more memorable.
Most of these owners were not around their vehicles so I couldn't get much information. If anyone has information or contact info on any of these vehicles, please get a hold of me through my contact page.
I really am trying to figure out the autograph, we are all baffled at who it could be.
#10 ) Unknown Autograph(s)
I was unable to find the owner of this car, which had multiple autographs on it from the same person. It looks like it could be "Henry Winkler" but I don't really think it is.
Can anyone figure out who's autograph this is? The license plates make the car from Wisconsin.
#9 ) Coors Light with Tap
I see this Coors Light vehicle every year, with the beer tap in front. What a way to pull up to the party, keg tapped and ready to go! I'd be tempted to grab a drink at the red light though, NOT GOOD!
#8 ) 1964 Fiat 500
I guess the Fiat hasn't changed much now that it has been rereleased in America as it looks nearly identical. This was a well preserved unrestored model.
#7 ) 1902 Oldsmobile
This 1902 Oldsmobile is a reproduction, none the less it was a remarkable piece to see in person. It has a tiny engine, and it looks like the tires are probably bike tires. The body itself is basically a horse carriage.
#6 ) Al Capone's Buick
The owner of this car claims it was bought by Al Capone for use by his subordinates, to travel from St Louis to Chicago for meetings. It has been featured on the History Channel, and the rear trunk came from New York City Mayor Jimmy Walkers' 1932 Lincoln.
#5 ) 1957 Messerschmitt KR 200 Cabrio Limousine
What an odd vehicle, I really thought this was some kind of a joke car at first but apparently not. I guess the Germans were a little behind the times after losing the war(s). Googling about this model did not pull up much information, and I would love to get in contact with this owner to ask more questions.
#4 ) 1935 Mercedes-Benz Model 200 Cabriolet "B"
Another German model, this one was used during World War II to carry higher ranking officers, and was brought home by a G.I. in 1948. It was bought in 1974 from the 2nd owner, and has been going through a 22 year restoration and has just recently hit the road again.
#3 ) Half and Half Truck Chassis
This truck was a rolling advertisement for his truck chassis swap business, and is quite brilliant. The side of the truck with the body advertises "Chassis Mounting Kits for 40's and 50's Pickups".
#2 ) Ghostbusters Ecto-1
This vehicle was getting so much attention it took me 1/2 a day to get some real pictures as too many people were looking at it. The speakers randomly blasted lines from the movie, and I was surprised my 5 year old nephew knew what the car was and knew about Ghostbusters. I didn't really think it was a kids movie, but asking more questions I figured out he watches the cartoon.
#1 ) Volkswagen Bug
I am so glad these pictures turned out, as many other pictures of metallic shiny cars did not fare as well with the beating bright sun that day. I just fell in love with the paint job and the roll off top. Definitely my #1 favorite car I saw over the weekend.
About the Author
Daniel Fehn is a web designer, a huge classic car and truck fan, and a wannabe mechanic currently living in Minneapolis, MN. I designed and built timelessrides.com so I could share my enthusiasm for classic vehicles, and created the classified ads section for all to buy and sell their rides for FREE.
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