Disneyland Parking Lot At Grand Opening

The preview and dedication day was held on Sunday, July 17, 1955, and televised nationwide by ABC TV, a major investor in the project. The official grand opening was on Monday, the 18th.

In the center foreground, is what appears to be a radio truck with a generator on a trailer behind it, apparently used by Disney personal or a subcontractor for communications. The rest of the lot is filled with 1940s to 1950s cars and trucks and a few from the pre-war era.

My mother, sister and I went there about a month later. I was eleven at the time and what a wonderful day it was.

My Coolest Car Picks – Updated

At the end of 2015, Business Insider selected their picks for the “50 Coolest Cars Of The Last 100 Years.”

I believe they got many of their selections right, however, here are the Top 20 I would pick.

1 – Jaguar XKE

When these were introduced, I would go into the showroom and drool over them. This is definitely one of the most beautiful cars ever built.

2 – Aston Martin One-77
2-Aston Martin One-77
3 – Aston Martin DB5
3-Aston Martin DB5
4 – Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing
4-Mercedes-Benz 300SL
5 – BMW 850

I owned one of these and it is the best car I ever owned. Unfortunately I wrecked it on a curvy mountain road one drizzly night. I forgot it was a touring car and not a road racer.

6 – Morgan Aero 8
6-Morgan Aero 8
7 – Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
7-Ferrari f12 Berlinetta
8 – Shelby Daytona
8-Shelby Daytona
9 – Mercedes Benz 540K
9-Mercedes-Benz 540K
10 – 1963 Corvette Stingray
10-63 Corbette Sting Ray
11 – Porsche 911 Series
12 – 1963 Maserati Sebring Coupe

I owned one of these for a few years and sold it because it cost a fortune to keep it running. It sure got the looks when I drove it down the road though.

12-Maserati Sebring Coupe
13 – 1957 Cadillac Eldorado
13-Cadillac Eldorado
14 – Ferrari 250 GTO
14-Ferrari 250 GTO
15 – Fisker Karma
15-Fisker Karma
16 – Porsche 356
16-Porsche 356
17 – Shelby Cobra
17-Shelby Cobra
18 – Jaguar C-Type
18-Jaguar C Type
19 – Porsche 550 Spyder
19-Porsche 550 Spyder
20 – Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

21 – 1963 Buick Skylark

I almost bought one of these back in the 1970s, but didn’t because I was an idiot. Today, they are worth more than $100k.

22 – 2006 Ford GT

I remember visiting a Ford dealership with a friend when one of these had a prominent spot on the showroom floor. As I recall, the sticker price was just under $150,000. What a beauty it was.

23 – Vision 6 Cabriolet

The cars above are in a class of their own but have been outclassed by the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet that was shown at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in California.

The concept car is a glamorous, luxury convertible that runs 100 percent on electricity.

Back When I Was A Kid

Cars were very colorful and some were even pastels or pink.

We would get dressed up for birthday parties and sometime there was even a pony.

We would play in the street and our parents didn’t worry about us being kidnapped.

Gas was really cheap. A dollar or two would get you pretty far and the attendant even washed your windows and checked your oil. (I know, this was my summer job when I was in high school.)

When TV stations went off the air they would show a test pattern.

Hula hoops were the rage.

Girls passed notes all the time. Today the text each other.

These coolers were filled with ice-cold circulating water, so the drinks almost hurt when you first took a swig.

You could find most anything at a five and dime store. I used to go to them with my Nana, would would always get me something.

If you were lucky, you had a TV in the living room. Black and white at first, then color that wasn’t really very good. Wow, how things have changed.

Records were a major form of entertainment for kids of all ages.
Yes, things were a lot simpler, AND SAFER, back then.