..and tell ’em Groucho sent you

Groucho Marx hosted “You Bet Your Life” in the 1950s, a quiz show that was his excuse to banter with contestants, offering comic quips, lots of double-entendres and featuring  a duck puppet, a carachiture of Groucho, that descended from the rafters with a $100 prize if the day’s secret word was uttered.  DeSoto was the show’s sponsor, a fact highlighted by the catchy “Groucho Sent Me” jingle that was animated in 1956.

We found a sad ’56, mouldering in an industrial park, the other day that would surely have caused Groucho to drop his cigar..

 

"Needs work"

“Needs work”

..while another soldiers on through the streets of Havana, despite some apparent emissions “issues.”

Groucho sent me to Havana?

Groucho sent me to Havana?

Lastly, we offer a decidedly non-feral Grouchomobile, a top of the line Fireflite, seen at a car show just to illustrate the potential of this flagship of “The Forward Look” of legendary designer Virgil Exner.

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While Chrysler pulled the plug on DeSoto just five years later, ’56 was something of a high water mark. It was the 11th best selling nameplate in the country and that success was celebrated by pacing that year’s Indianapolis 500. Thanks to Michael Rose Productions for this great footage; the DeSoto pace car appears within the first 20 seconds

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One thought on “..and tell ’em Groucho sent you

  1. Peter Litwack

    The first car that I owned was a 1952 DeSoto Custom 4 door. The car’s nickname was “Hernando.” The only reason I got rid of it was because the fluid drive transmission went out and I couldn’t find a replacement.
    I loved that car. I drove it up to Portland and back one December and it was a great highway cruiser. Wish I still had it!

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