Book; Cars We Used To Drive. Don Loffler (Hard Cover)
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In Cars We Used To Drive, Don Loffler, well-known Holden author, reveals his lifelong interest in all makes of cars on Australian roads in the years 1946 to 1966.
Don Loffler has assembled a remarkable collection of 280 colour slides and black-and-white photographs of owners and their cars, from Austin to Zeta. Makes like Morris, Vanguard, Wolseley, Oldsmobile and Hudson, which have long since disappeared from the new car scene, were once household names, with owners making sure their favoured make was included in a photograph of a beautiful Australian scene.
Don writes in the book: “I CAN’T tell the difference between all those 1920s cars,” I used to say to my father in the 1950s. Fast-forward to the present time, and my friend looks at several white cars in a car park and asks, “Which one is yours? I can’t tell the difference.”
The same cannot be said for cars of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. You could not mistake a Ford for a Holden, a Morris Oxford for a Vanguard, or a Nash for a Pontiac. Each make of car had its own distinctive styling; it is one reason the photographs in this book are so interesting.
Old car lovers and Remember When readers can be assured of a great nostalgia trip into times they remember, while younger people will gain an insight into what it was like living in those times.
The car models illustrated are limited to those marketed in Australia between 1946 and 1966, with a few from 1967 and 1968, if the owners of those cars already have photographs of their cars in previous years.
There are no pictures of modern restorations of any model.
The 280 images reveal times very different from the present, and they are much more than a showcase of the cars of yesteryear, where one make could not be mistaken for another. They are a social documentation of an Australian lifestyle that was simpler, more basic, and less sophisticated than that of the twenty-first century.