As Seen on Craigslist – 1942 Oldsmobile

While I understand it’s necessary when describing a vehicle like this, but it makes me chuckle when I read “drivable” and “Brakes good” in a car ad.  This art deco fastback only needs a tailfin and it could pass for an early batmobile, or leave it primered and red wheeled for the gangster look.  Cars of this era usually have some interesting equipment, whether that’s a tube radio that takes 10 minutes to warm up and work, or a weird semi-automatic transmission that you have to use a clutch for half the gears.  That… uniqueness makes them conversation pieces but difficult to work on or live with every day, although my grandparents’ generation certainly managed.  That experience isn’t enough to make me want to buy it, but I wouldn’t turn down a chance to drive it.

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