On Sat, 19 Aug 2006 20:00:30 -0400, SAYWAT DeleteThis @webtv.net (Time Traveler)
>The car was not a Merc,keep it in mind Blackie's car was a
>convertible.There is a possibility the car could have been a regular car
>with its top chopped off to make it look like a convertible.The Ziv
>production company had 3 criteria for their shows:it had to be done
>cheaply.low cost and finally it needed to be inexpensive.
I think that this is the most likely scenario. Unfortunately, the
customization has eliminated clues as to the actual make of the car.
There are many possibilities:
1951-52 Muntz Jet (Muntz bought the factory from Kurtiss)
1951(or 52) Henry J
1950 Skorpion Sports Roadster
1951 Frazen (fiberglass body on Henry J, but Blackies grill was
several models and years of Crosley (modified)
and probably many others.
Fiberglass kit cars were coming of age about this time.
Blackie's car had the front wheel openings completely enclosed, like
full fender skirts, but molded to the fender. Must have been fun when
the car had a flat. I've seen this on a 39 bugatti, and a one off
1930's Cadillac V-16 built for Ethel Mars, of the candy family.
Blackie's windshield was curved glass, mounted on two chrome A pillars
that sat on oval chrome bases. The windshield bottom did not reach
the body. It had a pair of suicide doors. The car also had bulbous
fins, and looked a little like a giant black bathtub Porsche.
The hood appeared to have a leaded in hood ornament, a protuberance in
the front center of the hood. Not like any other cars I've seen.
I don't know if it had a back seat or not, I do remember an extension
of the surface ahead of the trunk, that half way divided the back into
Regarding being a convertible, there did not seem to be any way to
secure a rag top, and it may or may not have had a Carson top. It may
have been an open vehicle.
This is quite a poser.
the heekster, BS#4, preposterous
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