1951 Chevrolet station wagon a

Green Chevy
Canon PowerShot S80

For the first several years I went to the Mecum auction, the sold cars were left outside for people to see. Then at some other Mecum auction in some other city someone stole one of the sold cars. That was that: the sold cars were no longer accessible to the public.

It really bummed me out. The for-sale cars were all inside under bright direct lighting. I made much more pleasing photographs of the sold cars outside, like of this 1951 Chevrolet. I love how the camera rendered the sunlight falling across the car’s hood.

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12 responses to “single frame: Green Chevy”

  1. J P Avatar

    You see the way the sun hits, but I can’t get past that 2 piece hood stamping and the body-color trim strip that conceals the seam.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I never noticed that before, but now I’ll never not see it.

      1. J P Avatar

        Happy to be of service.

  2. Marc Beebe Avatar

    I’d love to be able to drive one of these old timers again. They have quite a different ‘feel’ to them than any modern car.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’d like to have the pleasure someday. I’ve ridden in a couple old-timers but never driven one. Oldest car I’ve ridden in is a ’46 Plymouth.

      1. Marc Beebe Avatar

        I hope you can experience it someday, Jim. I’ve driven a 1940 Buick Roadmaster and it was something!

  3. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    That’s a lovely green. I like the paint on old cars. It doesn’t seem as reflective as modern cars. Do modern cars have a thick protective coating on them? It looks awful in photographs. Especially in digital photos.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! The old finishes were lacquer. Modern finishes are some sort of base cost with a clear coat over it. That makes the finish last longer. Usually, some clear coats are known to flake off with time.

  4. DougD Avatar

    What a sweetheart! Perfect to pack in a basket and blanket for one of those spousal dates that we can’t do any more.

    I appreciate how you got the hood ornament bang on the windshield divider.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you for noticing I got the hood ornament centered properly! I work hard on that kind of thing.

  5. brandib1977 Avatar

    Gorgeous green! And yes, it’s a pity that people eventually ruin everything. Sigh.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And so it goes.

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