Baby, You Can Drive My Car!
1937 Lincoln Zephyr Sedan
Winner at 2012 AACA Hershey, Pennsylvania
The story told behind the scenes illustrates and asks the question why does this car have a safe built into the trunk over the rear axles? And why does it have flip-flop bumper guards? Who would need a safe built into the back of their car during the post-World War II era in America in 1937?
One can only guess the obvious: picking up sums of cash and transporting the cash from one location to another. During the violent gangster era in America in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the task of transferring large sums of money must have been a distressing job indeed. If you were an accountant working for a gangster your employer would want to make sure that the money he stole did not get stolen from him.
In what must have been an idea stolen from a Looney Tunes cartoon, we can see it now – the irrepressible Daffy Duck eluding a near fatal car chase with Porky Pig, only to slither away with an elevator-type bumper guard and speeding away. (Hey, Rocky, that floppy bumper guard is a great idea! Go get the fella’s so we can figure out one for our car!)
The special order rear bumper guard was designed with a vertical spring built into the bumper guard that would drop releasing it from being locked by the rear vehicle thereby unleashing the car from a bumper grip so that it may speed away.
Now, why couldn’t Detroit think of that?