A roadtrip with me is a slow-going affair. On a recent trip to Canada I had many miles to cover in an attempt to see family and friends in a very short time. I was happy to be driving again after more than a year away from the wheel, and was very happy to be cruising around rural Ontario. The sky was clear, the sun was warm, and I didn't encounter much traffic. But I still didn't make very good time, it would seem. Blame the old cars.
As much as I like to get where I'm going, I can't help but be distracted by old cars sitting on the side of the road. And during this past trip there was no shortage of distractions! Many old cars sat calling me from parking lots, lawns, fields. One of the most appealing was a rusty old Ford Consul sedan. I couldn't even guess at the year, but after a search online it would appear that this was a Ford Consul MKII, built from 1956 until 1962. It clearly hadn't moved in a long time, and while it was hard to see underneath, the body itself didn't appear to be rotted through, just covered in a heavy layer of surface rust.
Like with most abandoned old cars, it's the small details that catch my eye the most. The large grille, chrome bumpers, and finishing around the headlights and taillights looked great on this Consul. The wrap-around front and rear glass was a common design theme from back in the day, and looked especially good on this classic. The raised lettering on the hood proudly displayed the 'Consul' name, and complimented the prominent hood ornament, a sort of arrow or spear rising off the long hood. Often these old cars are stripped of their trim pieces, so it was refreshing to see a complete relic.
It's impossible to guess how long the car has been sitting there, or if the owner plans to restore it someday, but I was very happy to stumble across this great Consul. Stopping to take a peek and grab some pictures may have added about 15 minutes to my journey, but I think it was worth it. These days living in China it's impossible for me to own any car, much less an old classic, so I'll take these sightings as a great consul-ation prize!
Welcome! My name is Paul, and I am an old-fashioned, low-pressure, low-buck car fan with lots of automotive stories to tell!