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Old 02-06-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

I don't know if I have all the facts straight, but it would seem back in 1953 several Detroit Chevrolet Dealers went on the warpath against all old, unsafe, death trap, Jalopies. It looks like there was some sort of publicity campaign to mark all old cars as unsafe,....

They put banners on all the old cars they towed through Detroit in a big Parade, saying A Jalopy killed somebody on a certain date and location,.. I assume in a effort to sell more cars.

It was very public, with brass bands lining the now safe streets,..... they were towed to a central location, made into several piles,... dowsed in gas and set afire,......

Sad,.. some of these cars survived the great depression, WWII, the first rounds of scrap drives,.... to end up with there service dishonored and made into "Public Enemy #1"

Looks like a 1932 Packard 900 series in the pile,.... and a model 40 or two,....















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Old 02-06-2010, 12:32 AM   #2
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:40 AM   #4
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:41 AM   #5
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:45 AM   #6
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

Im gonna puke.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:52 AM   #7
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

notice how clean the 'jalopy' brake drums and running gear are....
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:53 AM   #8
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

wow-so sad. awesome pictures though!!
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:53 AM   #9
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

Wow! What mindblowing tactics'
It's funny, I recognize those pictures with the moto-cop as being on Michigan ave in Chicago, Where just a few years ago I would drive an antique firetruck (48' Pirsch) around that same corner every few hours. No power steering or brakes. I didn't worry about that though. My worries were on all the homeless people who would jump up and try highjacking the ride while I was giving sight seeing tours...

I'm gonna guess they burnt these "Jalopies" because they did'nt have any "Beatles" records to burn yet!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:58 AM   #10
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

Instresting....just goes to show not much has changed.

Back then it was - Let's just waste some gasoline, set them on fire and see how much we can polute the air. I guess to be more politically correct now days they just blow up running engines.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:58 AM   #11
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It was all promotional to get folks to buy new cars. Munsters old Pontiac coupe was a 'jalopy' that the dealership painted up to encourage people to trade their cars in on something new and shiny..........this is just one step further I'm sure.

Still sickening.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:59 AM   #12
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!









Look at the fart can on this one! =O

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Old 02-06-2010, 12:59 AM   #13
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

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Wow! What mindblowing tactics'
It's funny, I recognize those pictures with the moto-cop as being on Michigan ave in Chicago, Where just a few years ago I would drive an antique firetruck (48' Pirsch) around that same corner every few hours. No power steering or brakes. I didn't worry about that though. My worries were on all the homeless people who would jump up and try highjacking the ride while I was giving sight seeing tours...

I'm gonna guess they burnt these "Jalopies" because they did'nt have any "Beatles" records to burn yet!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's funny you mention Chicago,.... I was just reading about some of these,... it was done once in 1948 and again in 1953,... once in Detroit and once in Chicago,..... again I'm not sure if the details are accurate.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:04 AM   #14
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

These photos are very upsetting. Maybe at the time, these old jalopies were considered the same, as we now see late 70's to early 80's American cars.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:10 AM   #15
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

I didn't notice before that the T had a Cali plate on it.,..... any of you guys see the Willis on the top of the pile ?
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:13 AM   #16
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!









Look at the fart can on this one! =O

They had to start somewhere with the tuner stuff! That is actually an original style muffler which is missing the back cast iron end!
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:23 AM   #17
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

THAT"S Crazy!!!! What a waste of old iron....the signs on the doors are pretty damn eerie.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:26 AM   #18
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

Some of those pictures are painful, but a lot of those cars look like wrecks they hauled out of the junkyard to parade around then took right back and piled up again. Meaning they all likely would have been scrapped anyways.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:30 AM   #19
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Default Re: 1953 Battle Cry "DEATH TO ALL JALOPIES !!!"

But jalopies are just fine for tow truck drivers? The trucks pulling the cars are just as old!
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:30 AM   #20
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I thought stupid was a recent invention, but I guess not.
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