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There were two Mustangs prepared for the movie Bullitt, the ‘hero’ car and the stunt car. The hero Bullitt Mustang sold earlier this year for US$3.4 million and the new owner has confirmed the car will not be restored. In its current state, it bears the scars from filming the famous car chase scenes in 1968 and decades of daily use. The car was purchased 1974 and became a daily driver for several years, eventually being hidden away until 2018. The stunt car was discovered in Mexico in 2017, unfortunately I haven’t sleuthed out it’s full story yet.
1955-1957 were watershed years for Chevrolet, and the cars of these three years (in particular the 150, 210, Bel Air, and Nomad) became known as the Tri-Five. In terms of styling, and mechanically, these cars were revolutionary in their day and they spawned a cult following. They remain some of the most popular cars for collectors and enthusiasts. A popular view is that the styling increasingly chased the Cadillac market with the exaggerated tail-fins and chrome bumpers. If asked which is the better looking car, the 55, 56 or 57, it’s hard to answer but for me, maybe the 55 two door hard-top or the 56 Bel Air convertible. OK, choosing two is cheating but hey, what can you do?
The TWA Flight Centre was designed by Aaro Saarinen and opened in 1962. Over time, the ever increasing numbers of passengers became too much and, along with the airline’s demise in fortunes, the terminal was eventually closed. In 2019 it re-opened as a hotel, and having stayed there in early 2020, I can say it is exceptional. Next time you visit New York, enter or exit the city via JFK and treat yourself to a night or two. Now I think about it, forget New York and just stay at the hotel for two weeks, it has everything you need: although you don’t need much, just a good coffee or pinot while you sit day after day, gawping at the architecture. I’d like to tell you we cruised up to the TWA in this little red Corvette, but I don’t think you’d believe me. But then, we might have.