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August 27, 2013

1959 automobiles: The year of fins

When Dean King was 11 years old, he walked by the Cadillac-Oldsmobile-Pontiac dealership in Mt. Pleasant and witnessed the unveiling of the 1959 Cadillac. (This dealership would later become a bowling alley, and then Mt. Pleasant News.) The ‘59 Caddy was a machine of stylish beauty, with sweeping tail fins that mimicked a jet airplane. Dean made up his mind right then and there that someday he would have a Cadillac. And he did — in 1991 he bought a brand new Cadillac.

But he also noticed that after 1959, the tail fins on the big three automobiles (GM, Ford, and Chrysler) became smaller, and then disappeared altogether. In Dean’s mind, that was disappointing, because tail fins were really the mark of classy design. The year 1959 was all about fins. (In Detroit there was a billboard that stated, “We gave it wings, and it flew.”)

He looked around, and in 2008 he purchased a 1959 Cadillac, which boasted the tallest tail fins of all cars. Then in 2009 he purchased two more 1959 automobiles with magnificent fins, a Chevrolet Biscayne Hardtop (no center post), and an Oldsmobile Super 88. It was about this time that he realized he had a collection of 1959 cars going. He might as well complete it.

To date, Dean King has 17, 1959 automobiles, all with great fins. In addition to the above mentioned three, he also has a Chrysler Imperial, Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet Impala, Buick Electra, Dodge Cornet, Ford Skyliner (the hard top retracts into the trunk), Buick Invicta, Edsel Ranger, Lincoln Capri, Pontiac Catalina, Dodge Desoto Firedome, Plymouth Savoy, Mercury Montclair, and (the only non big-three auto) a Rambler Basic. As his antique-auto insurer tells him, she knows plenty of car collectors, but none with all the autos of the same year.

During Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, Dean parks his collection of 1959 cars in the front yard of his home on East Washington Street. He has a guest registry. People from all over the world stop to see this amazing collection of fins, err ah, automobiles. If the Kings are having a garage sale, when cars pull up, the women tend to go to the sale, and men head for the cars.

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