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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by retro54, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. retro54
    Joined: Apr 1, 2004
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    from PA

    perhaps not entirely on topic... I have a love of old car haulers from the 30s though the 50's and was looking for some manufacturer's names with not much luck... can anyone point me in the right dirrection? Photos would be great too... does or has anyone ever seen one of these for sale?

    The style, the lines, these old haulers gave new cars a ride to the dealership in style... looking for some inspiration and doing research for a future project...

    Thank you in advance for any information...
     
  2. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    from Texas

    The car haulers with pizazz and style were usually of the manufacture of the cars they were delivering and special built for/by the car company for the job.
    New cars were a really big deal from the earliest days until the mid-60s when they all slowly but surely began to all look alike and nobody cared any more by the 80s.

    And today?
    Ho-hum.
    Oh look what is that?
    Can't tell, probably some Jap car or Korean or Indian(not yet, but Mahindra is coming), or Chinese(not yet), or Swedish or English(well, not English), or German, but not French or Italian, Thank God.
     
  3. bulletz
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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    love the style of this mercedes
     

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  4. Here's a few
     

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  5. s'more
     

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  6. There was an art challenge on vintage car carriers with a bunch from us, but here are a couple more. Maybe not exactly what you are looking for but certainly good inspiration for it.

    Here is the link, about a zillion pics of various car transporters
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=221165&highlight=art+challenge

    Also try this link, more than you can shake a stick at.
    http://forums.autosport.com/showthread.php?threadid=63980&perpage=40&display=&pagenumber=1

    Here is the Scarab transporter at Pebble Beach this past year....

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  7. Dirtynails
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
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    Auto Union Stream liner getting loaded up.
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    Ferrari resto transporter.
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    Phil Hills Alfa and Transporter.
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  8. Rochie
    Joined: Nov 19, 2004
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    This one doesn't haul cars....but just as good!!! One pic is of a model the other is the real thing
     

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  9. Aaron51chevy
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    This one always did it for me. I'd love to own one.
     

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  10. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
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    when I win the lottery I'm going to get one of these full of 1949 chevys, how cool is that?

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  11. This White hauler you posted Aaron is freakin cool!

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  12. Checkout this article that appeared in the Aug-Oct 1977 issue of Special-Interest Autos magazine:

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    Convoy Carriers pg 51.jpg
     
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  13. The 1956 Mercury XM Turnpike Cruiser concept car toured the US in style:

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  14. Some 1:72nd Scale Truck Models:

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    72nd_1940_COE_car_carrier_loaded.jpg
     
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  15. rodncustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
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    Wow! That's very cool. I've never seen that before.
     
  16. wow, i had no idea these things were out there. i learn something new every time on the hamb. those trucks rock!
     
  17. unklgriz
    Joined: Sep 12, 2005
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    Ya, these are pretty cool.

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    Larry
     
  18. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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    WOW!!!!this is very interesting. I have been a car nut for 50 years but have not paid much attention to how they got to us. It looks like to me car carriers had stationary sides all the way up until Bankhead Carriers out of Bankhead Georgia built the collapsable side carrier I believe sometime in the '80s that is standard for all 9 car carriers today. It added the ability to carry more cars per load. Can you imagine how much time it took to load those four '20s-30s cars that are loaded in a near verticle position?
     
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  21. George
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    On a pre race show they were showing an early NASCAR hauler. They used an old school bus. They figured out how many people were going to ride to the track & left that many seats. They removed the rest of the body & moved the body rear end up & riveted it back on. Then they flat beded the rest of the way back to haul the car.
     
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  24. LowKat - I think that Maserati transporter in the last shot is in fact the same one that carries the Scarabs above. I want to say I read it on the plaque that accompanied the carrier at Pebble, but I might be wrong. Great pics BTW. I love esoteric shit like this!
     
  25. SteppinOut
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    Are you kidding me ??!!!! Wide Whites on a Semi !!!!!
    Way too kool !!!
     
  26. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
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    The Chinese military is sporting 'em
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  27. jkperformance
    Joined: Oct 9, 2008
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    This truck belongs to Rusty Symmes. The trailer is one of two known to exist. About a 5 year restoration. He even had to make alot of his own castings to refurb trailer. Truck has a big block Chevy, Vintage Air, ect. When it rolls into shows this year it will have not one, not two, but THREE aluminium nose, 409, 62 Bel Airs. The best of everything from front to back.
     
  28. Dirtynails
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
    Posts: 843

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    from garage

    All the converts .....:D
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