21 January 2013

They don't make 'em like they used to

I can't remember the last time I rode in a car with a bench front seat.

Photo credit ?Joyce Johnson via 40s, 50s, 60s.


  1. Great image, sad passing of an auto design icon. My first car in 1972 was a '57 Chevy 2-door with bench seats front and rear, that model was also voted by HOT ROD Magazine as one of the 'Ten Best Make-Out Cars of All Time'. I can attest to that award, heh heh heh. Best part was cruising Whittier Blvd. on SoCal on a Saturday night, my girlfriend sitting RIGHT NEXT TO ME on that slippery bench seat while I power-shifted from stoplight to stoplight, the shifter winding up between her knees in 2nd and 4th gears YES! The band Cake has a great song that rhapsodizes on this issue titled 'Stickshifts and Safetybelts'. Muchismas Gracias!

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  3. ...or a stick shift on the column.

  4. Oh my...

    There is much in this photo that aren't made the same way anymore.

    Those LEGS!

    It should be noted: barefoot is better than heels for clutch pedal usage.

  5. My old '78 Bonneville was nice like that. I miss that car!

  6. It's the bra that caught my eye. And I'm a woman. Sheesh!

  7. Three on the tree in heels. Big ol steering wheel and I bet that thing floated on a cloud.

  8. Brings back great memories of a bench seat and a pretty young lady with extrordinary legs / doubt she can drive in the heels

  9. Yes, I was a teenager in that era..and the bench seats were the best, loved sitting next to my boyfriend, and he would have me do the shifting of the gears....such fun. He had a 57' Chevy....life was good. I also remember those terrible "pointer" bras, we had to iron them that way...hated the look, but....it was the "look" back then.
    LOVED THE 50's GREAT TIMES ! I am nearly 80 now and still remember them. GREAT MUSIC THEN TOO.


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