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Traffic Division: 1956

Traffic Division: 1956

Oakland, Calif., circa 1956. "Traffic Division first aid." This holiday weekend, let's be careful out there! 4x5 negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

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Ouch, indeed

My dad had a 1951 MG TD and a 1954 MG TF at one time when I was a kid. Nice rides and sure wish I had them back now.

MG TF-1500

My dad had one of these and I learned to drive in it. It was yellow with a red leather interior. I believe the headlights molded into the fenders appeared only in the 1955 model; 1954 and prior had separate headlights. In 1956 the MGA was introduced, which had a completely new body style with no running boards. Of course, my memory may be haywire as this was a long time ago.

Ouch, that hit close to home.

Here I am in 1956 in Germany with a 1954 MG TF that my father, brother and I owned (well for me a 'little bit' owned). Long stories on how we found the MG in Germany and even more when we shipped it to Houston and drove up to Northern Virginia. The TF was introduced in Oct 1953 and the TF was basically a face lifted TD with the most notable appearance change being the molding in of the headlights into the fenders.

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So Sue Me

To be removed from your wrecked car by someone trained to do so, like an EMT, you will need to wait about twenty years.

The car on the left

Is a Crestliner fordor sedan, revealed by the hash marks at the bottom of the door, Ford's highest trim line in '54, which included the Sunliner convertible, Skyliner and Victoria hardtops and Country Squire wagon.

We got his arms, you grab his leg.

If that poor soul survived the crash, he will never survive the extrication.

Saw one of those get wrecked in 1977

I was cruising Speedway Boulevard in Tucson with some hot-rod friends in 1977 when we saw a 1952 MG TD that had just gotten crunched in a hot-rod accident. The owner was unhurt, but very sad.

Don't see many of them on the road these days. Too scarce to risk it.

Rack & Pinion Steering

Something that wouldn't appear on American cars for several more decades.

MG TF Midget.

The car is a pre-mid-1954 MG-TF. From mid-1954, the MG TF had a 1500 cc engine, which was denoted by a cream background enamel nameplate on both sides of the bonnet, placed just to the rear of the forward bonnet-release buttons. The plate is missing here and there are no holes from it having dropped off, as parts on British cars of this era tend to do. Trust me, I own one.

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