If you were born in The beginning of the “modern V-8” era — let’s call that 1955 to about 1965 — these cars were visible in your life. Maybe your folks had one. Or the attorney that lived up by the country club. Or the “Don Draper” in your universe. There was no escaping these huge American land yacht convertibles. They were defined by acres of sheet metal, lots of shiny chrome, a power convertible top (with or without a yellowing plastic rear window) and way up there, somewhere ahead of the radio, a big, cast-iron V-8 engine with enough torque to power the Queen Mary across the Atlantic.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2013/08/19/american-dreamboats