Welcome to Pop's Garage in beautiful downtown Beach Bum Cove. A mythical place where clocks don't get wound, calendars don't get hung (unless they have old car pictures) and recessions never come. Pop still drives Dorothy Louise, his beloved Rambler Ambassador convertible but keeps his skateboard in the back for when he forgets her gas gauge tends to stick.
The Showroom features 1:18 scale models of the vehicles produced by the post-war era independent American manufactures. Also featured are models of the hearses and limousines that Pop is so enamored with. Pictures and Information is provided here of the models, colors available and suggestions of where to find and purchase them.
Pop has made some new friends, you will find links to Diecast Models Wholesale (Great selection and Prices) and eBay (for hard to find models) in the Showroom. Please visit them and make them feel welcome!
Below are some of the models currently in the Showroom and new ones are added as they are announced. Other out-of-production models can also be found in the Showroom.
Tire Kicking is the place Pop puts articles and photo features about his favorite cars. Featured now is Great Caldendar Art and Restoring a 1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible; the 1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser and The History of the Metropolitan. Some articles have links to other sites of interests for fans of the late American independent auto manufacturers.
In The Livery, you will discover that Pop also has a real thing for limousines and hearses. Friends in his car club own The '49 Crown Imperial and provided the original factory photographs that illustrate the article. The Professional Cars, a rare look at vintage professional cars owned by members of the Tri-State Chapter of the Professional Car Society, has been updated with new photographs in a new gallery format.
Look At This
may wonder what a link to an article about Ford's Mustang is doing on a site
about the American Independents. Because a teacher wrote to Pop and said a
student doing a project about the class's website had found the Links page
and thought it would be a good addition. Of course Ford is not one of the
Independents, so it does not fit there. However, the original Pop, Pop's father,
was a teacher and so was his mother. When a student shows initiative, we need
to acknowledge that. And give them a hearty Well done! Also, The AMX and
the Javelin were American Motors' answer to the Mustang's success, so it works
this too, Pop remembers the day the Mustang was due out and he went with a
couple friends down to the local Ford dealer to see one. It was in the back
all covered up. We pulled the cover off and immediately an irate salesman
appeared and asked what the H*** we were doing! Pop's friend tapped his head
with his checkbook and said we were shopping. He asked the salesman how much
was the Mustang, wrote out a check for that amount and handed it to the astonished
man, saying he would be back the next day to pick up the car. Pop had some
classy friends at Michigan State.
Here is the Mustang Link and best wishes to the students and their project.
Sometimes Pop finds material on another website that is just too good not to share. ATE UP WITH MOTOR is one of those sites. It provides in-depth histories of interesting cars and the people behind them. It primarily focuses on older cars and has many articles on the products of the American independents. Using the navigation bar at the top of any page, you can search histories by Type, Era or Brand. The article that really caught Pop's eye was about Ramblers, maybe because he learned to drive in a 1957 Rambler.
Ramble and Roll: The Compact Nash Rambler
"Every ten years or so, the American market rediscovers the compact economy car. This "discovery" is inevitably treated as a revelation, as is the idea that a small car might not be a sluggardly automotive hair shirt. Our younger readers may therefore be surprised to know that the idea of a small, luxurious economy car goes back at least to this primordial American compact: the original Nash Rambler." For the full story of the 1950-1963 Rambler and Rambler American, click on Ramble and Roll: The Compact Nash Rambler by Aaron Severson.
Larry Varley of Melbourne, Australia is, like Pop, a member of The Nash Car Club of America. He is restoring a 1954 Nash Healey LeMans Coupe and has been keeping the club's MOL (Members on Line) up-to-date with the restoration through pictures and links to his website. The Healy has an interesting background and Larry has fully documented this. He has taken photographs of everything and put captions to each one. You can follow along by clicking on Nash Healey Restoration. Click on the numbers under the photograph to follow this restoration in progress.
I had always been a Ford car person, the old ones. While on a hunting trip in Montana, I spotted an old car behind a building on the edge of Glasgow.
I told my son, Matt, "It looks like a Nash, and a convertible besides. Let's go look." Sure enough, it was. Rambler was the only identifying mark on it. I decided that I was going to find out who owns it. Matt's reply was "Why would you do that? It's junk." (story)
Scale Models: The Independents, Hearses & Limousines
1964 Rolls Royce Phantom V MPW
New from Paragon is the 1964 Rolls Royce Phantom V in 1:18 scale. It was the ultimate limousine of its day. It is done in silver and is in the $129-164 price range (depending on retailer). See Showroom for details and order information.
Queen's Bentley State Limousine
This state limousine was a gift to the her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on theoccasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Minichamps has done both a 1:18 and 1:43 scale model of this one-of-a-kind limousine and both are long since out of production. See Showroom for photographs and suggestions for finding one.
1951 Kaiser-Frazer Henry J
The little Henry J from Kaiser-Frazer has been done (twice- without trunk and with trunk) in1:18 scale by SunStar. Both versions are in the Platinum Series and several new colors have been added. See Showroom for more photos, details, colors and order information.
1952 Nash Ambassador Super Airflyte
SunStar is producing one of Pop's favorite cars in 1:18 scale. The Airflytes come from their Platinum Series and come in several color schemes and are in the $70-80 price range (depending on retailer). See Showroom for details, new production colors and order information.
1959 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine
This fantastic 1:18 scale model from the now defunt Precision Miniatures is becoming hard to fine. Most colors can stil be found on eBay and at select dealers who still have stock. See Showroom for more photos, details, colors and finding information.
The Links page has been re-edited, updating some web addresses and dropping some no longer available. All the great Web sites Pop finds as he surfs through his morning coffee. Interesting and historical photo, and fact filled, sites related to your favorite cars from the Independents plus, of course, Hearses and Limousines.