Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Memories


Well, this blog is mostly about Muscle cars and past memories of them as well as current ones.  So this installment I have decided to stretch the boundaries and let my keyboard loose.

What better way to acknowledge Mother’s Day than to reminisce about why some of the ladies out there are mom’s.  I am referring to the back seats of these Muscle Cars that I like so much.  Ahhhh, the fond memories.

We begin with one of my favorites from the year 1970.  This would be a Chevelle.  Not just any Chevelle mind you.  I don’t want you thinking that I put minimum thought into this blog post.  This is the “convertible” version.  Most of the Muscle cars were not designed for rear passenger comfort and as such the activities of their owners in the back seat usually took some creative ingenuity.  The Chevelle was a large enough car to accommodate most of the teenage kids in the day but for those with really long legs there is the option of putting the top down for added “leg room”.  Be advised that this was not a well received move at the local drive in movie scene.

The guys who had the full sized Bonneville’s and Galaxie 500’s and even the Impala’s could lay claim to having roomier cars but somehow fast cars seemed to attract the “fast” girls and this was one of the most important reasons to have one.  Let’s be real about this.

The pony cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, Plymouth Barracuda, AMC Javelin and others may have been very fast in their day but had limited appeal for any extra curricular activities.  Especially after you had tried to have any such activities the first time.  But then again, being young means you are still flexible so this did not deter everyone.

Speaking of the Camaro here would be a 1967 example with a nice Deluxe black and white interior.  Almost looks like a formal “tuxedo” doesn’t it?

Reminds me of the Senior Prom.  Ahhh, sweet memories.

Then we get to the rear seat in a nice 1965 Pontiac GTO.  About as roomy as the Chevelle and the added benefit of having a convertible top as well, just like my Chevelle example.  When you park in the woods remember that the leaves fall off the trees in the fall, so prepare to have to vacuum the car interior in such a case as needed.

I like to give those helpful hints.  Remember I am a guy with years of experience with these cars and as such I do have many helpful hints and reminders.

One of those helpful hints would be to make yourself at home and always remember that being kind and helpful to your lady friends is always appreciated.

That being said, we come to the next picture.

A 1966 Mustang with a set of throw pillow in the rear seat.  Kind of says “get comfortable” and “I got plans”, all at the same time.  Just another hint for you kids today….If you show up to pick your date up with pillows or blankets in the back seat of your car, her Daddy will know what you got in mind so make sure that you have already met “Dad” and he’s already checked out your ride.  You don’t want him coming out of the house to check out your Muscle Car and finding camping gear or pajamas and a Teddy Bear in your back seat.  Slippers and a blindfold are also bad ideas.

Later Mustangs came with the option of a rear fold down seat.  This would be a 1972 version and previous versions had this available for the “Fastback” Mustangs but when they changed into the 1971 to 1973 models the rear seat got a huge center bump where the driveshaft tunnel went up the middle of the car.  It basically made the rear seat unusable for “date night”.  But with the fold down rear seatback, you were back in business.  And with the added leg room from being able to use the trunk space.  Nice.

Among the roomiest of the Muscle Cars were the Mopars like this 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner.  Nice big roomy and flat rear seats were the norm for most of them, with the exception of the afore-mentioned early Barracudas.  And just to rub it in, my final photo shows the back seat for all you Chevrolet Corvette owners.

Oh yeah, that’s right.  Corvettes did not have back seats and it wasn’t until 1982 that you could even raise the rear glass.  Tough break for “those guys”.

Anyway……..Happy Mother’s Day and many more for all you fine ladies out there.

Davey boy

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