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Old 11-16-2018, 08:21 AM
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What car is around minute 24?

In this episode of "Higwhay partol" (got me an addiction to it) at around minute 24 there is an 4 light spots car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am117SU5Xp0
What car is it? I like it because it haves that bad menace look
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:15 AM
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Looks like a '58 Buick to me. Man that show's theme sure brings back memories of watching that on the old Zenith when I was a kid...
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:16 AM
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Looks like a '58 Buick to me. Man that show's theme sure brings back memories of watching that on the old Zenith when I was a kid...
The Highway Patrol series always seemed to use Buicks. Broderick Crawford drove one as a Police car. I don't think Police departments were too crazy about Dynaflow transmissions.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:34 PM
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I've seen that he drove a "Dodge" too. Also 4 light spots, mean looking.
What was the problem with the 'Dynaflow' transimision?
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:43 PM
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Dynaflow transmission used only a torque converter, no actual gear changes in normal driving. Very smooth acceleration but very inefficient.

I don't think I've heard of anyone calling these "sporty" before, but I'm not an expert. They were a mid-priced car, and I always thought of them as something my well-to-do (but not rich) uncle would drive.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynaflow
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:14 PM
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By "light spots" do you mean headlights?... I've never heard light spots used with reference to a motor vehicle before.

Four headlamps became an automotive trend in the late 50s and lasted into the 80s. Early on in the trend the only cars left with 2 headlights were economy cars, imports, and a few models where the designers had aesthetic reasons to want only 2 headlights... Also some cars could be ordered with the 2 lamp configuration by customers that disliked 4...
Apparently some designs that used 4 were not as good as the old 2 lamp configuration...IIRC a popular science article mentioned some consumer saying he rather have 2 good headlights than 4 mediocre ones.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:31 PM
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Yes, headlights. I thought you call them light spots.
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One episode of Highway Patrol that freaked my wife and I out was the one with actor Joe Flynn playing a psycho-crazed killer. Joe Flynn is best known for playing Captain Binghamton in McHale's Navy.

And yes, it's a great show for seeing classic cars from back in the day.
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:08 AM
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One episode of Highway Patrol that freaked my wife and I out was the one with actor Joe Flynn playing a psycho-crazed killer. Joe Flynn is best known for playing Captain Binghamton in McHale's Navy.

And yes, it's a great show for seeing classic cars from back in the day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWRaq5uSi9w

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Old 11-17-2018, 08:32 PM
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Definitely a 1958 Buick. I don't think four-lamp systems were even legal before the 1958 model year. Now that I've heard about their potential inferiority to two-lamp systems it makes some sense.

I knew someone who had a 1979 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe. It had two headlights, only one of which was working and only on high beam when he unloaded it. It wasn't long before he got it back... with the same headlights.
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I've seen that he drove a "Dodge" too. Also 4 light spots, mean looking.
I believe you are referring to the 1959 Dodge Coronet.

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Old 11-17-2018, 09:36 PM
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Definitely a 1958 Buick. I don't think four-lamp systems were even legal before the 1958 model year. Now that I've heard about their potential inferiority to two-lamp systems it makes some sense.

I knew someone who had a 1979 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe. It had two headlights, only one of which was working and only on high beam when he unloaded it. It wasn't long before he got it back... with the same headlights.

I believe you are referring to the 1959 Dodge Coronet.
The '57 Dodge had what looked like a four headlite system, but it had two regular headlites like used in previous years, plus two inner lights that were turn signals and parking lights. The early stage of the four headlite design.
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:03 PM
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The '57 Dodge had what looked like a four headlite system, but it had two regular headlites like used in previous years, plus two inner lights that were turn signals and parking lights. The early stage of the four headlite design.
My parents had a 57 Chrysler, which had a true quad headlight system... similar in appearance to the one linked here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=1957...rUDxRQiI4wm2hM

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Old 11-17-2018, 10:35 PM
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The '57 Dodge had what looked like a four headlite system, but it had two regular headlites like used in previous years, plus two inner lights that were turn signals and parking lights. The early stage of the four headlite design.
The same goes for the '57 Plymouth. Actually I like its appearance better than that of the '58, another reason being those big tailfins actually serve a purpose.
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The same goes for the '57 Plymouth. Actually I like its appearance better than that of the '58, another reason being those big tailfins actually serve a purpose.
An important part of the "Forward Look".
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:43 PM
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An important part of the "Forward Look".
True, but perhaps I should have been more specific; the 1958 Plymouth tailfins look a bit "empty" with all that open space previously occupied by tail lights. I like vehicles with a good balance of form and function, so anything like either a modern supercar or a Borg cube would be out of the question.

By the way, Telecolor, if you want to see mean-looking Buicks look up the 1959 and 1960 models, and perhaps even the 1960 Plymouth.
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