YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:01 am, June 13, 2014
It always brings a smile to my face to walk along the rows and rows of cars at some car show and come around the corner and — zap! — finally, something you rarely see at these things. Like this 1959 Plymouth Belvedere convertible. This was the year of the tailfin, and Plymouth was right there with the best (or, as some might say, the worst) of them. I kind of like this look; it’s certainly a little less blatant than the ’59 Chevy or Cadillac. Plus, it had those little defining touches like the fake spare tire hump, the twin radio antennas angling up from the rear fenders, and a set of wheel covers coveted by customizers throughout the 1960s. But, did they sell? Well, Chevy sold 1,360,883 full-sized cars that year; Ford sold even more at 1,424,687. Plymouth? How’s 458,259 sound to you? Not so good. That’s why you see so few of them at car shows. And there were only 5,063 Belvedere convertibles made that year, making this one a rare find at the Antique Automobile Club of America 2014 Eastern Spring Meet, which was held at UB’s North Campus a couple of Saturdays ago.