Some of the less well-known fifties classics are depicted here at one of the more bizarre-looking gas stations in Southern Califonia, within sight of the Hollywood sign. Kaisers and Hudsons were two fine automobiles, but as the industry consolidated these manufacturers did not survive independently into the sixties. Pictured here on the left is a 1951 Kaiser Golden Dragon, a special trim version of the Kaiser DeLuxe created by color and trim specialist Carleton Spencer. On the right is a 1951 Hudson Hornet Hollywood, the most remembered post-war Hudson.
In the center background is the 1950 Muntz Jet, produced by 'Mad Man' Earl Muntz, the biggest used car dealer in the world during the forties. The Muntz (1950-54) was very innovative for its time. It featured a flathead Lincoln V8 engine, GM's hydramatic transmission, seat belts on bucket seats, and a floor console with a built-in cassette tape player. This car can still be found on 'milestone' lists as one of the Top 100 automobiles ever built. http://www.americansportscars.com/muntz.html