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Lefty for Mayor: 1961

Lefty for Mayor: 1961

New York, 1961. "Mayoral campaign car with loudspeakers." Our second scary-looking Plymouth in as many days. State Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz, the Republican mayoral nominee, lost to Robert Wagner, the Democratic incumbent. 35mm negative, photographer unknown. View full size.


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I just got back from another visit with my in-laws in Costa Rica. They still have cars that tool around through every neighborhood, broadcasting at top volume from a huge bullhorn (or sometimes, nowadays a speaker) mounted on top of the car. They seem especially fond of the very early morning hours.

I drove its cousin

When I was in high school my dad had a '61 Dodge station wagon. It was a boat but cool in its own way. With a 318 and pushbutton transmission, it was like driving a big spaceship.

I like it

This car is so ugly I actually like it. It's completely different to the ho-hum cars we see today. It doesn't look so bad in two-tone paint.

Lefkowitz, Gilhooley and Fino

In the 1961 mayoral election, Louis J. Lefkowitz ran on a ticket with Representative Paul A. Fino of the Bronx, running for City Council president and John J. Gilhooley of Brooklyn, a former assistant secretary of labor, for city comptroller. This led to a jingle broadcast from sound trucks:

Let’s make a note
To get out and vote
For Lefkowitz, Gilhooley and Fino

You’ll be safe in the park
Any time after dark
With Lefkowitz, Gilhooley and Fino

There’ll be new golden rules
You’ll be proud of your schools
With Lefkowitz, Gilhooley and Fino

'61 Sport Suburban Wagon.

Lost the tailfins from its previous year.

The 1961 Plymouth

Was voted the ugliest Plymouth ever made, according to the Plymouth Owner's Club. Very rare car nowadays. A loaded convertible is fairly pleasing to the eye now.

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