If you haven’t looked at Hemmings Classic Cars magazine, you should. Alongside articles about the “epic restoration of a rare Canadian-built 1953 Pathfinder De Luxe”—in two parts!—and 1950s “forgotten” Chevrolet sedans, there are lots of opinions. Readers write in to mount hoity-toity attacks on TV shows that present car restoration as something you can do in a hurry (the “epic restoration” mentioned above was “an exercise in patience”). An editor argues that Hudson would have built a pony car had the company still been active in 1967. But our favorite piece in the August issue is by regular contributor Jim Richardson, “Something Old, Something New.”
Richardson begins by pointing out that the annual automobile advertising tag “all new” is all bunk. His best example is the Chevrolet small-block V-8 that arrived in 1955, updated versions of which are still in production while millions of older versions travel the roads. The “all-new” car, he writes, is “just a rearrangement of components . . . to look a little different.” He prefers “all-old classics,” like his 1939 Packard convertible, which is “smooth, quiet, and has lasted 70 years.”
That sentiment fits with the Grilled Tees commitment to make art from cars like Richardson’s that we find on the streets of Los Angeles. And Classic Cars agrees with us that they don’t really have to be Packards. Another article in August appreciates the virtues of an all-business, utilitarian 1950 Plymouth Suburban—now in daily use: the owner’s put on 5,000 miles since finishing the restoration.
In our on-going project we’re looking harder for 1950s cars. In the mean time we think 1962 is plenty old enough to be “all-old” in the best sense. And the ’50s tag tee is our best-seller.
We’re with Classic Cars—and with our favorite TV show “Fast ’N Loud.” We think “all-old,” no matter the price point, can be beautiful.