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Rare factory"Options"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Trichop, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. bothred
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 29


    How about a front seat heater in a 1949 Pontiac? Just bought an original car and sure nuf, there it was.
  2. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    I want an automatic headlight
    dimmer that automatically *dims
    the other guy's headlights*!!!:eek::D

  3. I have turn signals, a radio, locking glovebox, and tach in mine:

  4. Ratrod37
    Joined: Apr 12, 2007
    Posts: 276


    I parted out a 48 Chevy Convertible years ago that had a Vacuum assisted shift option. I still don't know what it did but it sold pretty quick.
  5. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    I don't think that was rare, but it was common to malfunction. All the old timers I know that had '46-'48 Chevrolets in the fifties and early sixties had nothing good to say about that feature.
  6. GirchyGirchy
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 229

    from Central IN

    I wonder if, 57 years from now, all of the gizmos on an equivalent '13 Malibu will still be working?
  7. DillonRK92
    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 3


    My '64 C20 has an aftermarket rear bumper made in L.A. And also found out it has equalizing air shocks you can fill up with a tire chuck, has anyone seen that on older trucks like this before?
  8. 64 and up (to 67 anyway) El Caminos could come with factory air shocks. All 4 of the ones I've owned had them. Never heard of them on a pickup though. As far as I know, most trucks came from the factory without a rear bumper. The dealer installed what the customer wanted, usually a big tow bumper or something.
  9. green53ford
    Joined: Mar 4, 2009
    Posts: 206

    from Wisconsin

    Those pyrex headlight covers on 65 fords were a 20 dollar option. They were standard equipment on 427 powered cars, The last set of n.o.s. ones i seen on ebay went for almost three thousand dollars.
  10. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    58 Impala, with the vacuum ashtray feature, had what appeared to be a "Mason Jar" on the firewall. 56, MoPar record player...... It played 12", 16 rpm records.

  11. Anyone have a spotlight for a 59-64 impala? Unity ch acorn head
  12. While hitchhiking in the early '60s, I caught a ride in..I think it was a Cad...that had an ashtray that had an opening throught the floorboard to eject cigarette butts to the outside. Wish I could remember more details. Maybe this will ring a bell for someone.
  13. More rare stuff.
    Back when I was 16 (1966) I drove a 64 Ford Galaxie Fastback with a 427 and 3-speed on the column - no other options that was on a Ford Dealers lot.
    My uncle was a Chevy Dealer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1962, we went to a sale he was having with lots of 62 409's and 61 Bubble Top 348 - 4-speeds. His demos in 1964 were an Impala 4 door hardtop and an Impala wagon - both with 409's. He also sold quite a few COPO Camaros.
    O/T - in 1967, my Dad ordered a Camaro, Granada Gold, tinted glass, exterior decor group, 327 - 275 HP, auto on the column, posi, and bench seat.
    A friend of mine has a factory GM service bulletin giving part numbers for the installation of a 4-speed trans in a 58 Chevy car - not sure that ever happened. Same guy has a 1960 Thunderbird with a 430, 3-speed overdrive, and sunroof.
    Another O/T - I have my Dad's 1978 Factory Ordered El Camino - Gold and Tan, 305, posi, black interior with power drivers seat - said to be rare on an El Camino.
    My brother owned a 1961 Ford Galaxie 2 door hardtop.(not a Starliner). It had a 390 330 HP, chrome engine package, power steering and brakes, 3-speed overdrive, 4.11 rear. Former Dealer Demo.
    A friend of mine just sold a 1965 Dodge Coronet 500, factory 426 wedge, automatic, power steering and brakes, factory A/C, factory radio reverberator.
  14. Mr.1961
    Joined: Dec 16, 2009
    Posts: 185


    This topic needs pictures not stories
  15. Mr.1961
    Joined: Dec 16, 2009
    Posts: 185


    Always got them
  16. GregCon
    Joined: Jun 18, 2012
    Posts: 689

    from Houston

    Not especially rare, but my 58 Chrysler has factory cruise control, which was a first year option for any car, and only Chrysler had it.

    A few years ago, a guy here parted out a '67 New Yorker that remains the most heavily optioned car I've seen...every space on the dash that is normally blank was used for something. Cruise, headlight auto-sentinal, power antenna, rear air and heat, power windows, you name it, it was there. Everything, except it had manual seats. Go figure.

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  17. VOETOM
    Joined: Aug 6, 2006
    Posts: 279

    from MO

    1970 GTO with vacuum operated exhaust (VOE) mufflers. Driver could switch from loud to quiet with pull of a knob.

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  18. o/t Ford Broncos had a posthole digger as an option... at least thats what Fast N Loud said..
  19. 1978 I was working in a Buick dealer in western New York. The area service rep drove into the shop with a Riviera equipped with a satellite communication system with a dashbord mounted screen. It looked like an early computer screen. He was able to communicate (outside of the shop) with a rep in Detroit. (did not have a camera with me)
  20. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    Dad's Auburn had that option in 1932. It also had hydraulic shocks with adjustable ride control on the dash, an automatic chassis lubrication system, two-speed rear axle, and free wheeling.

  21. historynw
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 806


    I got a new set of tri - 5 GM power vent window motors with early switches I thought I could put them in my 47.
  22. It was standard equipment for a few years and allowed shifting without you needing to move the lever yourself. I have a '39 setup here and I've had zero interest in it. It may have been more rare on the postwar cars, IIRC it didn't work that well, or was prone to leakage issues.
  23. Swifster
    Joined: Dec 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,449


    Factory Electronic Fuel Injection in 1958 Chrysler products



  24. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,695


    My 64 Cadillac had one of those too, trouble is it pulled air from the trunk to blow on the glass, in the winter it would freeze the back of your head when it was on.

    FOrd had them and a kit in the accesory section of the parts book too.
  25. modeltford
    Joined: Oct 27, 2006
    Posts: 65


    64 Stude Daytona 4 door sedan with power windows, door locks, air & power Disk brakes. also had a 56 Chev 2 door post with the padded dash - best part of the car!!
  26. willowbilly3
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,356

    Member Emeritus
    from Sturgis

    Maybe the dealer checked the wrong box when ordering stock. I've only ever seen a couple 210 4 door hardtops, pretty scarce I imagine.
    Kinda of topic car but I am parting out a 67 chevy C10 with a factory hand throttle, only one I've ever seen and it's listed on the option sheet in the glove box. Also last year for the hand choke on chevys.
    My high school car was a 64 Olds Cutlass 2 door hardtop with factory buckets, 3 speed on the column and 15 inch wheels with dog dish caps. I was the second owner and bought it from the same dealership that sold it new, original owner ordered it that way.
  27. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,695


    I keep seeing mention of these and all the years (71-93) that I worked at Ford dealers I never saw any of them. I just looked in my parts bood, and there they were! They had rubber seals around the glass, some kind of emblem in the center and rubber seals between the head lamp door, retainer ring, and on the front of the bulb. There is a star next to the parts in the illustration which means the parts were discontinued (book last revised in late 72)... it may have been a special order item or built for foreign market use.
  28. I sold one years ago out of a '63 Riviera. Fairly rare in those, too. Used the same fan motor as the heater did.
  29. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,695


    Was also on some early Mercs too.... the first ones didn't have a button they pushed, it did it automaticaly as the suspension moved up and down.

    Yes, that was a fail, cars would come in after a few thousand iles with grease dripping from everything !!! Most owners had the system removed because of that.
  30. mammyjammer
    Joined: May 23, 2009
    Posts: 506

    from Area 51

    Mom had a 51 Mercury conertible with a windshield behind the front seat. Fold out wind wings and all! No clue if it was factory or aftermarket, but it looked cool as hell with the top down...

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