Famous Car Friday

A less popular T.V. sitcom was My Mother the Car. This show aired in 1965 and only lasted one season. Attorney David Crabtree, played by Jerry Van Dyke,  purchases a 1928 Porter. This car actually turns out to be the reincarnation of his deceased mother, Gladys, voiced by Ann Sothern. She talks only to David through the car’s radio. He takes the car to a body shop for a restoration so that his family will accept the car. The rest of the series is about a fanatical collector, Captain Manzini, who tries to acquire the valuable automobile. The car used in the show was actually a 1925 or ’24 Ford Model T Touring that was originally customized by Norm Grabowski.

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