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Lulu Belle: 1959

Lulu Belle: 1959

From circa 1959 Scottsdale, Arizona, we bring you this Kodachrome slide of the Lulu Belle restaurant on Main Street. Which seems to have been a combination platter of Old West, Gay Nineties and riverboat themes. View full size.

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Holiday Sedan

Can't really tell without seeing more of the interior, but it is either a Super Holiday or a Holiday Sedan, definitely 1956. Color could be Alcan White, which was a standard color, or Antique White, which was an option on all 1956 models. Holiday Sedans came with Ivory Moroccan bolsters and a speckled cloth upholstery, while Super Holidays had Ivory leather bolsters and a sort of basketweave upholstery.
Those are accessory wheel covers, and dual exhaust, too.

1958 Impala Roof Scoop

This is likely a roof scoop from a 1958 Impala. A favorite customizing trick from my perusal of the car magazines in my misspent youth.

Bill of Fare

I wish I could read the actual menu to see what Wild West / Gay 90s fare was like. I suspect it was a lot like 1950s middle American fare.


Wild guesses: 56 Olds Holiday, 57 T Bird, 57 Plymouth Fury, 59 Pontiac Catalina.

56 Olds

Can't figure out the roof of the Ford. Cream colored car on left looks like a 56 Olds 88.

That roof

The modified removable hardtop on the T-Bird very likely has a '58 Impala fake roof vent added, faired in almost exactly as it was on the Impala. That little chrome grill was an immediate hit with customizers of the period, just like the hood scoop from the T Birds and '59 Cadillac taillights.

Nifty car

I hope someone can identify the car whose roofline is shown in the foreground of this cool photo. I initially thought it might be a Continental Mark II, but now I think I was wrong.

[Looks like a first generation Ford Thunderbird. -tterrace]

[With some kind of modified roof. - Dave]

Thanks, tterrace and Dave (and the others who commented); it hadn't occurred to me that might be a modified roof on the T-Bird. It looks excellent. We who grew up in the '50s and '60s were lucky to have two things in particular: Great cars and great music!

Building still there

Located near the corner of Scottsdale Road and Main Street, it's in the heart of touristy downtown Scottsdale.

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