Feb 27-05

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Charlie Hopper, Eagle River, MI on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 07:29 am:

Often over the last seven years, while preparing to publish the daily Pasty Cam, I often listen to Pasty.NET's streaming audio of WHWL out of Marquette, for morning weather, road reports and U.P. news. This morning they're giving numerous advisories about a foot of snow on its way across much of the Upper Peninsula. Back in the 40's (30's?) when today's Shoebox Memory was generated, they obviously had a few feet that winter in Calumet. This is a follow up to the buried-car photo from Carl Kiillunen a couple of weeks ago, quite likely taken on the same day. That's a mighty clean automobile for driving in the middle of the winter.

Actually we're past the middle of winter, with less than a month until the first day of Spring. In a couple of days, the Pasty Cam will begin year number 8 of its daily exploration of Upper Michigan. It continues to be a fun ride for all of us here in the land of snow and pasties :o)

Have a good week!

By Ed, WV on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 07:38 am:

Good Morning from WV

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 07:50 am:

Good Morning! LOVE the car!

By Ann Fisher, Illinois on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 07:52 am:

Life did get much safer when the road crews got the equipment that let them blow snow straight into waiting trucks instead of just letting it pile up all winter on the street corners. I remember that in Marquette the banks always gave away things--pennants, balls-- that you put on top of your radio antenna to make your car a little more visible at intersections. I suspect there's a photo of a car with one somewhere in the archives.

By DAN-LLINDEN on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 08:10 am:


By Ken, WI on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 08:14 am:

Hi All,

Does anyone know the make of the coupe in today's photo?

Just a guess. Studebaker?

By gw-houghton on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 08:28 am:

Good Morning to all! The old car in the picture
looks like one my dad & grandpa used to have. Have old pictures that the folks had from back in the 30's & 40's. Interesting looking at the old cars especially.

By PETE WI on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 08:36 am:


By gary from Aura on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 08:44 am:

looking at the hood emblem I would guess the car to be a Desota but I've been wrong before.

By Roy TN on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 08:53 am:

Hey PETE WI: The TECH Cams must be of some other time. I just looked at the bridge cam and you can't even see the bridge.

By Carl K on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 09:27 am:

Dan LLinden, I really don't know for sure what make or model the car is. Your guess is as good as mine. Looks like the photo was taken on Calumet Ave., on US 41 in Calumet.

By The Dam Guy, Parasite Creek on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 09:29 am:

Possibly a '37 LaSalle?

By The Dam Guy, Parasite Creek on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 09:33 am:

On second thought, maybe not. Almost looks like it
could have a rumble seat instead of a trunk...

By Don in Mqt on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 09:49 am:

I think the LaSalle had a hood ornament with swept back wings? My neighbor owned one in the late 30's.

By Charlie C. from Onekama, MI on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 10:57 am:

I don't tink it could be a rumble seat in da back cuz it opens da wrong way.
I can say for sure tho dat itsa coupe.

By ert, GA on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 01:06 pm:

Regarding the balls for the car antennas so you could find your car in the snow: we had a day glo orange one for our little black VW when I lived in the UP.

By Capt. Paul in Nevada on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 01:34 pm:

"That's a mighty clean automobile for driving in the middle of the winter."

Tis true Charlie, but I don't think they used road salt back then either which, by the way, is a great natural attractant for iron moths ;-)

As far as the car in the pic, I believe it's a LaSalle from the mid/late 30's. However, it would have had to be owned by someone making a good living as LaSalle's of that time were pricey (doubled to what a Chevy of that period costs).

By Cathy, MN on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 02:00 pm:

The car in the picture has suicide doors and I was searching LaSalle's from the 30's and they did not appear to have suicide doors. Hopefully someone posting will let us know what it is!!

By ed/mi on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 02:06 pm:

My guess, 1937 Plymouth coupe w/rumble seat.

By Roudy, Mi on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 02:07 pm:

Notis you. The door hinges are on the rear of the door. That should be a clue to the make of the car.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 02:12 pm:

" My guess, 1937 Plymouth coupe w/rumble seat."
If it's hinged at the top, as it appears to be, it's probably not a rumble seat, as noted by Charlie C. from Onekama, MI above.

By Julie Beck on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 02:28 pm:

My guess is that it is a Buick. My father used to ride around in a Buick just like that one with his father, John Stevens Sr. I have photos of the two of them and my grandmother standing next to the car with a load of fish on a stringer that they caught at Gratiot Lake. Grandpa was a certified Buick repairman and fixed Buick's in the shop that used to be where the commuter lot in Houghton is and then later at 200 West 5th Street. (Superior Service Garage then, now Sounds and Motion) Don't know what year the car is but Dad (Jack Stevens, Mr. Ski-Doo) sure enjoyed riding around in the Buick. Those were the days.

By Mr.Bill on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 03:42 pm:

Plymouth's from '34 on had susicide doors, I don't know La Salles, I was born in '41.

By Ned, Kingsford. on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 04:39 pm:

I definitely agree that the car is clean because they did not use any road salt back in those days. I remember that we didn't have to wash our car at all during the winter. Of course, the roads were never bare until spring, but the county and the villages used sand to help keep the streets from getting too slippery. I really like the winter season because one of my passions is downhill skiing, but the slop and dirt caused by road salt is the one thing about winter that I really don't like, as another one of passions is keeping my vehicles nice and clean, an impossible task most of the winter.

By B in gb on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 04:53 pm:

speaking of 34 Plymouth's and the like..Are there any cars left in Lake Linden with Lavadiere on the trunk eh?

By maijaMi on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 05:20 pm:

suiside doors?

By Gus LL on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 05:34 pm:

maijaMi,, They were callede suicide doors because they opened from the front, hinged in the rear. If a person were to open them while traveling and the wind got hold of them they would swing wide open. You would have to come to near stop to swing them closed again. Pretty dangerous situation.

By Don again on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 05:37 pm:

Charlie: Would you please just re scan that photo and rotate it 90 degrees before posting it so we can all see the grill? then we know what make it was, Thanks.

By Steve in Iowa on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 08:56 pm:

The hood ornament and fender mounted spare are classic LaSalle features. The suicide doors and split rear window pinpoint it as a 1935 model. 1936 went to a standard door and one piece rear window.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 09:02 pm:


No matter how we rotate it, just can't seem to see the grill.

By the way, the conversation with jAPEi was continued on the "What'sUP" page, in case you were looking for it.
Russ E., St. Clair county MI on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 09:06 pm:

Definitely mid to late 30s. Most surely GM. my thoughts were LaSalle also but if they didn't use suicide doors as said then? Maybe Cadillac? Anyhow a spare tire in fender usually feature of higher priced cars! If we could only see grill, lettering on hubcaps, etc.!

By A Yooper on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 09:11 pm:

I think it's an Oldsmobile.

Will the owner of the photo let us know?

By Bill P , Ca on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 11:12 pm:

Charlie, you have a great sense of humor :)

By jARMOi on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 12:41 am:

From here loosen FINE:


By HEIKKI, WI on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 10:21 pm:

The make of this car is quite a puzzle. I've done many searches, but have been unable to find a photo of this exact style. I will offer this based on what I have found: It could very likely be a 1935 Cadillac because of it's trunk lid configuration; absence of small window aft of door window; style of hood ornament; "V" windshield (although flat, one-piece were also available), and the location of door hinges. Cadillac changed the hinge location in 1936. Of all the cars found in searches, only the Cadillac coupe had a handle located on the trunk as this one. It's very likely this was the car of a doctor making a house call.

By bw mi on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 12:43 pm:

must be the same car as couple weeks ago just the plow knocked the tire off the side had to glue it back on the rear cause they was in a hurry :)

By b in gb on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 03:49 pm:

wasn't the Lasalle guessed earlier just a step down from the Caddy? I wonder if anyone up there owned a General Motors "Marquette" back them.

By Russ Mester on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 08:16 am:

This is a 1935 Oldsmobile Business Coupe. The following link provides some good views of it. The spokes in the hub, the curves of the fender, the hood ornament and the suicide doors are the clues that narrow this one down to a 1935 Olds Business Coupe


By Cathy, MN on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 03:49 pm:

Thanks Russ. I did a bunch of research myself but could not come up with the right car. It's nice to finally know for sure.

By HEIKKI WI on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 07:15 pm:

Yeah, Russ, those photos nail it down pretty well. Thanks. Also, the split rear window may be another give-away. I didn't see any Caddy's with them, but then, my searches didn't produce such good photos.

By Steve from Iowa on Sunday, March 6, 2005 - 12:52 pm:

Russ, I hate to disagree with you but your Oldsmobile doesn't have a fender mounted spare. All GM coupes from that year had that same body style with suicide doors. A 35 Pontiac was identical except for some ribs in the fender and no fender mounted spare. The cars ones I know of that year with the fender mounted spare on the left were Cadillac, Desoto and LaSalle (LaSalle was made by Cadillac) The hood ornament is wrong for Desoto so that leaves Cadillac and LaSalle, which were almost identical except the Cadillac was a little fancier and cost more. The Cadillac should have had some chrome trim, which this car does not, so we're left with the LaSalle. Hope this convincing enough for you. Have a great day.

By Bj on Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 10:39 pm:

Hi All.
The Car is definitely a 1935 Olds coupe. My father currently owns one, plus he has a 35 Olds roadster under restoration and I 've had my 4 door sedan for about 1935 years. FYI: We just sold two 35 Pontiacs. The bodies are similar but there are differences and not just in the fenders; Lasalles are also very similar .
I can send pic's of the cars

By Rick Wahlers (Lugnut) on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 03:08 am:

the car your all looking at is a 1935 olds coupe. Given the front suicide doors, hood ornament and wheel design. Side mounts were an option.

By allan dunford (Allan) on Sunday, October 9, 2005 - 11:05 pm:

Hi guys - from New Zealand. I had one of these coupes when I was 17 - I am now 62 and wish to •••• that I still had the thing. Was painted laquer black and was adapted for NZ conditions left hand driving. The last I heard of it - it was being used as a stock car - not a good demise for a car of its stature - but when one is 17..... Would like to have one again now - they had a really large boot, big enough to fit a full size double bed mattress in which proved to be rather handy on a few occaisions. It would return 20 - 25 miles per gallon depending on how it was being driven. Cheers for now - great forum - Allan. snuffy@es.co.nz

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