Monday, March 18, 2013
1965 Pontiac Catalina
I still find vehicles such as this, vestiges from the past, great subjects to photograph. Their diminishing numbers are making them a rarity and the styling represents a bygone era we boomers often regard with a mixture of nostalgia and embarrassment. Did we really think big cars decorated with chrome were attractive? This model, a 1965 Pontiac Catalina, actually appealed more to our parents' generation - while the slightly smaller, sportier Pontiac GTO was considered WAY cooler.
I talked to the owner, a young man named David, who was inside Video Explorer picking out a video to rent. He told me he'd bought the car from a woman in nearby Phoenix, Oregon and that he was only the car's 3rd owner. It seems more often the drivers I see of cars of this vintage (1960's and 70's) are in their 20's and 30's. Models like this are so retro, they've become a cooler commodity than they were when they were new. Incidentally, the movie he'd selected was "No Country For Old Men".
Posted by George McKay at 5:42 PM