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Bloomington yesterday: Classic cars ruled the road

Once upon a time, white sidewall tires, fender skirts, wheel covers, pastel shades, tail fins and gleaming touches of chrome were the fashion. The used car lot at 96th Street and Lyndale Avenue South specialized in economical Nash Ramblers and offered a finance plan to suit a buyer’s budget. In the 1950s, the average used car would cost somewhere between a couple hundred dollars to nearly $2,000. More widespread car ownership was part of the rise of the American dream—a set of fuzzy dice for good luck was optional. Good things seemed to await down the road.