TEXARKANA, Ark. — While the most of Saturday’s Texarkana Museum Systems Murder Mystery Dinner guests dressed in 1920 attire their love of vintage automobiles spanned the decades – but mostly in the 1950s and ’60s.
For the first time TMS and the Four States Auto Museum partner up to host the dinner amid the auto museum’s notable collection of cars, which range as far back as the 1920s, but also features makes and models well through the 1960s.
Dinner guest Andrea Williams-McCoy said that while the first car she owned was a 1969 Dodson Model 2000, her heart goes out mostly to the 1950s models.
“I mostly like the high style look and color of the 1950s,” she said. “They had a good length and they didn’t appear to be as boxy as those of the earlier cars. They also reflected more of a feeling of prosperity, joyfulness and fun that the country had at that time in history.”
As for dinner guest Georgia Laney, while she admits that her first car was a 1979 black Pontiac Grand Am, she said she preferred the shape and style of many of the muscle cars of the 1960s, while dinner guest Susan Morehead said she loved the steel designs of Mustangs belonging to any decade.
Local retired public school educator Doug Williams said his car first car happened to be a 1955 Ford and from that point forward, the 1950s car styles always impressed him.
“Those cars were made to be big and roomy with high powered engines,” he said.
Local resident Betty Ratliff agreed.
“Some of those cars of the ’50s even had a nice overhanging shield just above the front windows,” she said. Those overhangs could keep most of the rain off your front windshield, as well as the sun off the driver.”
For car enthusiast Gerald Willard, even though his first car happen to be a 1931 Model A Roadster, he said it’s always been the ’60s car styles that kept his favor.
” I liked the speed and the fact that they were mostly muscle cars,” he said.