Q: Hi Greg and thank you for the posting you wrote about that 1931 Dodge that was acquired and specified to the guide keeper of Al Capone. I located that write-up whilst searching close to the world wide web seeking to see what auto Robert Stack drove in the Tv Sequence “The Untouchables.” I do love the older cars and if you can get rid of any mild on Stack and his vehicles can you please permit me know?
Also, Superman’s car or truck in the Television set series was a 1953 Nash-Healey Convertible and is a favorite of mine as considerably as 1950s car or truck types go.
Your ’31 Dodge Al Capone post impressed me to ask you about these Tv present automobiles. Presently, I also expend time with previous stock car motorists that raced at Wall Stadium in New Jersey and other tracks.
I am a member of the Vintage Car Museum of New Jersey and we have a website that you can examine us on. The stock motor vehicle operator and driver users also have a small museum and club and they get above our museum each January to display their aged inventory autos and memorabilia (Vintageautomuseum.org).
I personal a 1931 Ford, five-window coupe that was turned into a Road Rod. It is all Ford and all steel and sits on a boxed 1931 Ford body. I really like displaying it to people today and driving it around. Thank you Greg for your time and curiosity in the more mature autos.
– Stash Serzan, Position Pleasurable, New Jersey
A: Stash many thanks for your letter and congrats on your attractive 1931 Ford five-window road rod. It truly is a magnificence, and that small-block Ford Cobra V8 beneath the hood helps make it excess distinctive.
Let’s get started with Robert Stack, the late, terrific actor who starred in “The Untouchables” series that ran from 1959 to 1963. Viewers could not know he was rather the racer in his possess appropriate and drove quite a few higher-pace very hot rods on the dry lakes like Muroc out in California in the early times of warm rodding. He also hung about with persons like Ed Winfield, the unique inventor of the high efficiency camshaft (he taught Ed “Isky” Iskenderian about grinding and offered him his pretty very first cam grinder).
Stack was also shut close friends with Pete Petersen, founder of Very hot Rod Magazine and famous motor vehicle journal publisher. I had the prospect to job interview Petersen together my way and spoke with him at duration many situations. I recall he stated Stack as a proficient high-speed driver and told me Stack also raced on the water in hydroplanes and loved proudly owning Mercedes-Benz SL two-seaters. Stack’s 1957 300SL, a gift from producer Desi Arnaz following Stack received an Emmy, was exhibited at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles prior to going to auction in 2013 and marketing for $805,000. Stack passed away in 2003 and Petersen in 2007.
Throughout my correspondence with Serzan primary up to this column, we the two arrived across a checklist of autos employed in the filming of “The Untouchables,” while some of the facts is imprecise and sketchy at very best. It appears to be like Stack and his crew applied three vehicles routinely, like a 1929 Graham-Paige, a 1931 Chrysler Six, and a handful of instances, a 1931 Buick Series 50. There had been also numerous other Television set cars, specifically Ford Fordors, Willys-Knights, Cadillacs and Ford pickups for use as parked motor vehicles in several scenes.
Moving on to the “Superman” Tv set sequence, which is a different personalized preferred of mine, a lot of of the vehicles utilized in that demonstrate arrived from Nash-Kelvinator, which includes the Nash-Healey you notice that Clark Kent aka Superman drove. Nash was significantly forward of other individuals in the advertising and marketing game many thanks to its CEO George Mason. Mason understood that purchaser branding could be achieved not just by purchasing a 60-2nd advertisement, but by supplying his fleet of Nash cars for the Superman collection free of demand. It eventually ended up as no cost promoting.
Mason also was the first to have a four-door sedan rate the Indy 500 when he talked Indy 500 management into letting his Nash Ambassador to lead the 33 motorists to the inexperienced flag in 1947 rather of the typical convertible rate autos. Moreover, Nash is highly regarded as NASCAR’s very first-at any time vehicle producer sponsor thanks to a Curtis Turner pushed, factory supplied 1950 Nash Ambassador. (I have penned numerous times about Mason’s influence in the car organization and the columns are all on the net in a person of the Gannett newspapers internet sites with a speedy Google research).
We are going to stop with your Vintage Vehicle Museum of New Jersey and Backyard garden State Classic Inventory Automobile Club (https://www.gsvscc.org/), which I am perfectly aware of as I grew up in south Jersey and went to the race tracks commencing in 1958 every weekend. Lots of of the automobiles on screen I noticed race in person and the memories are nonetheless major of intellect. It really is a worthwhile world-wide-web check out and highly advised for those who want to relive the glory days of motor racing in man or woman.
Thanks for your letters Stash and preserve your ‘ 31 5-window hunting excellent.
Greg Zyla writes weekly for Much more Information Now and Gannett Co. Inc. Speak to him at [email protected] or at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840.