In the opening to All in the Family, the famed 1970s TV comedy, the central characters – working-class conservative Archie Bunker and his often-befuddled wife Edith – sat at a piano singing, “Those Were The Days.” They waxed nostalgic (“Mister, we can use a man like Herbert Hoover again.”). And the song ended with them singing, “Gee, that old LaSalle ran great, those were the days.”
That reference was pretty obscure even then, 40 years ago. The La Salle, a luxury car line, was (according to Wikipedia) produced by General Motors from 1927 to 1941 in tandem with the Cadillac line. I don’t recall ever having seen a LaSalle in my whole life.
Visiting with Barb’s family in Momence, Ill., about 80 miles south of our Chicago home, during the annual Gladiolus Festival, we attended an antique car show and saw this vintage beauty, described by its owner as a 1927:
Notice the hood ornament of the car’s namesake, Robert de la Salle, French explorer of the American Midwest, in grand pose. They don’t make hood ornaments like that these days. In fact, do any cars even have hood ornaments anymore?
Here’s what it looks like in a side view: