Millikan Cars of the 50s
Millikan Cars of the 50s Page
More photos and car stories from the CORYDON
Cool Young Lady & 58 Impala...graduation present
Marty Crail Hollingsworth class of 1958
Here's a photo of the 49 Merc that James Dean drove in
"Rebel Without A Cause"
My '49 Merc was Persian Blue, customized by leading
in front & back.
My folks wouldn't let me lower it, so I carried bags of cement
in the trunk!
Paul Prosise '58
Rick Gonser, class of '59
Big Chief, my first car. Big Chief was a 1955 plain-jane sedan
with Pontiac's hot new V8. It had a Rochester 4bbl Carb and dual
exhausts. The Heavy-Duty 3-speed manual trans was a Buick design,
and the rearend housed 4.10 gears. They didn't make Positraction
units until 1957, so Big Chief made do with welded spider gears.
Note large Howard Cams decals in the rear side windows. If you
have a good eye, that's my parent's house on the corner of Knoxville
and El Progresso, about three blocks south of Millikan... Do
you remember the Clay Smith "Woodpecker" decals? Well
Clay didn't do Pontiac cams at that time, so Howard reground
my stocker to 3/4 race specs, which was a big deal in those days
Rick Gonser, class of
My old Bonneville was a graduation present. It was ordered special,
with an assist from Long Beach's Mike Salta Pontiac. Options
included the Trophy 345hp/389 engine, Super-Hydramatic transmission,
3.42 Safe-T-Trak rearend, P/S, P/B, P/W, P/A, and a Delco AM
Deluxe "Wonderbar" radio. You might recall seeing it
in Milllikan's NE parking lot, or even worse, racing up and down
Palo Verde with the Tri-Power wide open! Forty years and many
$$$$ later, old "Bonnie" has been restored
to her former glory...
Class of '59
My 1955 Chevy with Corvette Hubs, Channel Rake, Color was (23
coats) of Sierra Gold, 1956 Lincoln Tail lights, first 45 player
installed in my car (still have the 45s). Belonged to the Lancers
Car Club". Would like to contact any of the old members.
We cruised "Oscars's" and
"Hody's" nightly for "poodle skirts and sweaters".
"Lancers" had the top custom cars in Long Beach at
that time. I worked at the "Golden Lantern" after school
with Allen Campbell and Ron Zuelzke/1960.
Jack Jakubik, Class of
1950 Pontiac, w/'57 Olds J2 engine, single 4 barrell carb, '51
Olds floor hydro, 16" Smitties & Olds Fiesta hub caps.
Interior by Long Beach Naugahyde
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