ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Reruns of “Leave It to Beaver,” that late 1950s-early ‘60s TV comedy, can be caught in glorious black and white on the MeTV network weekday mornings. Its gentle, family-based humor provides a fanciful flashback to life in imaginary American suburban times.
One of the show’s most nostalgic aspects, some 60 years on, is the array of automobiles inhabiting the driveways and tooling along the fictional streets of Mayfield.
The show’s closing credits note the cars were supplied by Chrysler Corp., and what a panoply of fantastical vehicles there were back in those days. Big Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler and DeSoto sedans sport space-age designs with outlandish fins, chrome-laden grilles, and bench seating for six.
Sedans ruled the road, unlike today where sedans are falling out of favor as SUVs surge in popularity. Chrysler still clings to the concept, though, with its bold, handsome 300 sedan (and its twin-under-the-skin Dodge Charger).