Bowtie beauties - procars on Chevy chassis

Steve Loftin

PCS Member - Elected Director 2020-2023
Damascus, MD
1955 National

Cabin John Park V.F.D. (Potomac, MD)
1959 National

(SL collection)
 

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Steve Loftin

PCS Member - Elected Director 2020-2023
Burtonsville V.F.D. (Silver Spring, MD)
1957 National

(SL collection)

Individual (Lima, OH)
1957 National combination

(WMc photo)
 

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Steve Lichtman

PCS Elected Director 2019 - 2022
Damascus, MD
1955 National

Cabin John Park V.F.D. (Potomac, MD)
1959 National

(SL collection)
Ah, Steve's been visiting his Maryland photo box again! ;) The CJPVFD Chevy almost certainly replaced the '47 Flxible Buick that dad and I own, formerly from CJP, and which you might see in a magazine soon....
 

Steve Loftin

PCS Member - Elected Director 2020-2023
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These S&M lights were available to any builder; I've seen them on an S&S, as well. They were also available in a pedestal-mount (free standing) version.

The newest car I've seen these on is this 1960 C/B-Buick:
 

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How about some Euro Bowties?

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Steve Loftin

PCS Member - Elected Director 2020-2023
Just when we think we've seen 'em all...!

I've never seen - or heard of - a rig built by Memphis after 1958 other than the '61 USAF Pontiacs, so this is a RARE car!

Miller F.H. (Metropolis, IL)
1960 Memphian

This photo is from their wesbite:

http://millerfh1912.com/main/Home.aspx
 

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Steve Loftin

PCS Member - Elected Director 2020-2023
WARNING - thread deviation

Miller F.H. (Metropolis, IL)
1960 Memphian

Disclaimer: I can't read the emblem on the front fender, so I'm not 100% positive she's a Memphis product. I consulted Walt and Tom and they don't know, either. The roof line, body work, and tunnel lights don't match anything put out by C/B or National in 1960. However, the roof line - the shape of the roof from the windshield to the B pillar - does match that of the '58 Pontiac on Page 258 of PROFESSIONAL CARS by Gregg Merksamer. It also matches this 1958 Memphis/Edsel; that's the basis of my ID of the Miller car as a Memphian:

(photos from various Edsel websites)
 

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'49 Chevy ambulance in the Netherlands with bodywork by Compaan & De Boer.

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Although b/w, this '57 National was captured in the '12 Vancouver St. Patrick's Day parade.

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Looks like it was used to fashion second Johnny Lightning ambulance release of the same casting, doesn't it (as seen in JL thread)?

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Initially just thinking of Joe Melanson when seeing this '52 National Chevrolet hearse randomly posted on Flickr outside Driggs, Idaho - it is worth publicly sharing. An early Chevy landau? Talk about rare~ And look at that iron shape itself. Beautiful.

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Definitely another candidate deserving of a better fate.
 

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Atti, I owe you a cup of coffee for that one!! Talk about rare. I've never seen a real one only factory photos and artist renderings. I've seen the Pontiac Nationals but not a Chevy. Really sad to see this one just sitting. Its probably a case of "one of these days I'll restore it" judging by the rear 1/4 panel repair (typical rust area) and the front door repair where there was the typical check link fail. BTW, this pick helped in another way as I had just figured out, and discussed w/ Ed, how National fabricated the front driver & passenger doors.
For me anyway, gotta love those '49 - '52 Chevy Nationals. Thanks, Atti.
 

John ED Renstrom

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a very interesting seam for the top also. see the stretched c in the rear and straight across on the front of there roof splice.
 
Though the National Atti posted is a 1952 Chevrolet this is what the car would have looked like new. This pic is from a National 1951 brochure. The 1951 and 1952 Chevrolets are almost identical in appearance except for the grill and a few other bright-work items.
 

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