I recent pod cast from Sweden about American cars brought up Ed Roth and how he was way more than a car builder. He was an amazing artist in so many ways.
That got me looking in my old “photo album”. For you millenials, it worked like this:
- You first bought a roll of light sensitive material made from celluloid that could hold 24 or 36 pictures.
- You stuffed said roll in your 2 lbs camera and took pictures.
- Then you got in your 10 mpg Yank Tank and drove to some store for them in to be developed to little hard 3X5 inch paper cards.
- A week later, you could drive back and pick them up and at a cost of about $10.00 for 36 pictures. Since this is the first time you see your work, you probably end up throwing away half of them as they did not turn out.
- Then you go to the book shelf and open up a huge hard backed book with clear plastic inserts and you put your little pictures in the pockets.
ANYWAY…I was walking around in So cal sometime in 1979, I THINK it was in Santa Ana. I stumbled across a nondescript building that said car museum or something like that. I had to walk in. The place was full of cars I had only seen in the movies. I apologize for dark photos as they are scan of said paper copies.
My notes on the back of this space ship said: Dual Triumph engines capable of 15 mph. I recall that the sign said something like this: Roth built this vehicle for a movie but the director got inpatient with the progress of the build. The director told Roth that it is only going to be backed out of a garage anyway and walked away. Roth build the car so it only went backwards. (I could be wrong about this story as this was like…100 years ago.
As an OCD Swede I had trouble with that the whole “museum” was very run down and dirty. Also, the cars appeared to not be well taken care of.
Who did not have a model of this one?? I sure did, back in Sweden in the late 60’s?
Mail Box Trike
The Addams Family TV series that ran on ABC-TV needed an appropriate vehicle for the Adams family. Roth and his team responded with Druid Princess.
Not a Roth car but worth an honorable mention, the roadster pick up seen on the Happy Days show.
Another car worth mentioning was the Beatles Flower Power painted Rolls Royce.
What really blows my mind about this is that it was about FORTY years ago!!
After the war ended in 1945, Americans were eager to get back to work and that included the possibility of buying new cars and trucks. Because of the war effort, the design of cars were less important and buyers were happy to get any kind of transportation. The early postwar cars pretty much looked like they did before the war.
However, Ford knew that the world was ready for new design and they introduced the all new Ford in 1949.
New “Mid-ship” Ride with independent Hydra-Coil front springs plus the velvet smooth action of the lubricated for life Para-Flex parallel rear springs.
The finest, the costliest cars in America accent visibility. So does the new Ford with “Picture Window” all around.
There is Magic in the air!