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Pontiac Eight: 1954

Pontiac Eight: 1954

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1954. Here we are back at Rucker Oldsmobile, where the used car du jour is this pristine 1951 Pontiac Catalina. If you're ready to trade, Huarache Hank is ready to deal! 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.


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Ruker's Auto Sales in color

Thank you Dave for all the pictures to add color to. It has become a fun hobby.

Crackling sound

I can still hear the sound of the car's tires on those stones.

Fort Benning suckers

I was stationed at Fort Benning next to Columbus. We were warned to never buy a used car in Columbus. They were known for scamming recent basic training graduates who got bonuses once they graduated.

Maybe bait for the hook?

What is Huarache Hank holding? It doesn't look like keys. Yet, it seems you're supposed to be lured to the Pontiac with it.

[Looks kind of like a battery terminal clamp. - Dave]

What'll it take to get you in this beauty?

That 1954 Ford in a previous picture and this '51 Pontiac are good-looking cars. I'm trying to figure out what that is in the right background. Sorta looks like a 1949-51 Merc but not enough showing.

[It's a 1950 Pontiac, between two Oldsmobiles. - Dave]

Chief Pontiac

Best thing about those cars was the Indian head that lit up orange!

We had Buicks in those days, specifically a '52 that was gold on the bottom and green on the hardtop. Then we got a '54 in light green.

Pontiaction 1959

We had a 1951 Pontiac in the photo below. It was originally white but somewhere along the line Dad had it painted red. My best memory was sitting in it and pushing the starter button. The engine cranked and scared the crap out of me. Of course, I did not know it wouldn't start because the ignition switch wasn't turned on.

A little background on this picture. That's me in my first communion suit so it is May 1959. My little brother is driving the pedal car and that's one of my two older brothers in the back. Since he has his camera, I'm guessing that my other older brother shot the picture with his Kodak Brownie. The car on the left is my great aunt's two-door 1956 Pontiac. We ended up with it after she passed away later that year. Not sure of the make and model on that compact my brother is driving. Great memories!

"Ah, the Good Old Days"

"I'd just drive right up and crash through the carnival Bumper Car ride in my '51 Pontiac Catalina. The kids loved it!"

Actually the sliver of car on the left looks way more interesting.

[1946-47 Oldsmobile. - Dave]

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