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Longest car in the World!Posted Monday, July 11, 2011, at 7:12 AM
Coming back from cantaloupe country (Kennett) Saturday, my friend and I saw this immensely rusted, vintage Cadillac, sitting in front of a business across the highway from the Malden Airport.
I remember these barges traveling the highways and byways of our country, but I still find it hard to believe that Americans ever fell in love with these behemoths!
How did they ever park them??
Gas must have been really, REALLY cheap then! My friend's guess is that this is a 70's model, and I have some 70's era gas station photos that list gas prices at just above a dollar a gallon. Even at that price, the cars had to be expensive. I'll bet the gas tanks were enormous, and they must have gotten a whopping 5 miles per gallon!
The one good point I can think of is that - if you were in an accident in this car - you were bound to come out unscathed! I'm betting that the bumper--if not the whole durned car--was heavy metal! It would be like riding in a tank!
And I'm willing to bet that these cars were COMFORT itself! It must have been like driving your LIVING ROOM to go on a long road trip in this hearse!
I have to admit that it's sorta nice to have a car like this on display where we can be reminded of what it used to be like on the highways of America.
I have a final thought: How on earth did our smaller highways and streets EVER accommodate these cars????
From the rural highways of North Stoddard County, MO., this is your country bumpkin reporter Madeline, signing off on what looks to be a near-record-breaking HOT summer day! No trips to Malden today!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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