Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vintage car accessories

I never got around to posting my finds at the annual Hershey, Pa., AACA Fall Meet and Show.  Besides looking at all the great antique car,s we walked and walked the flea market spaces.

I found a couple accessories for my old cars, including this new in the box compass which is destined to go into the 1964 Park Lane convertible

I haven't decided where I'll mount it yet, but it will look great when that car is done.

I also found this set of red reflectors which are used instead of flares when your car is broken down.

(I hope I never need to use them, but they were only $2 and I think they're a great accessory for my 1963 Comet stationwagon).

The box was rusty on the bottom, but I was able to clean it up and give it a new coat of red paint.

It turned out pretty well and should last another 50 years. UPDATE: And check this out, I was just going through a 1964 Mercury accessories brochure I also found at Hershey, and on this page, you can see the SAME set of reflectors!!!

I picked up this nice AAA First Aid Kit for $5 at my favorite local flea market.  I'll keep the old contents for display, and this will get some fresh first aid items.

I really like old tin lithographs over the plastic stuff we have now. The tin first aid box is small enough to fit in a glove box or under a seat.  It's a little detail, but I get a big kick out of having period-correct accessories in my old cars.

This last item also came from the local flea - I think I paid $2 for this handy little broom that will go into a glove box.  I'm guessing this dates to the 1950s - anyone ever seen one of these before?  You slide the horse head and the brush pops out of the bottom.  The brush looks like a bunch of rubber strips (?)

That's all for now, I need to get back to my basement floor project.  Have a great week!


  1. Hey, awesome job on the reflector box! You know, you could use that as a possible entry in to the Xmas card contest on NPR - or you could post a link to the metal chairs you just repainted. Just sayin! :) Love all your finds though!

  2. Nice! I love old car accessories too (next best thing to old camper accessories!) I like the first aid kit, especially because it is from AAA. They have been around since the beginning of automobiles! Mt favorite in-car accessory that I own is a hair dryer that supposedly plugs into your cigarette lighter! I have the original box too. I'll have to take a pic of it some time. Great post!

  3. Hi Sara, Thanks. I just entered your blog's contest with my street address sign project from last year, I think it comes the closest to doing something with leftover odds and ends.

    Amber, I'd love to see a pic of that in-car hair dryer, too funny

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  5. Looking for rare car accessories sounds like a lot of work. But for true car aficionados, fulfillment is found in seeing the beauty of the finished product.

  6. Those are some cool discoveries! Reflector box does look great!

  7. Thanks Flavian and Linda, and welcome to the blog!

  8. Awww. The box compass looks so cool! These are awesome finds! I can't wait to see the other set of vintage accessories you found. I like the little broom that comes out when you slide the horse head. LOL.

    Nita Stelling

  9. Great restoration work. I didn't know you could do this so well with just a few tools, unfortunately most of the 50s stuff that we had ended up getting thrown out for some odd reason.
    The toolbox is great, looks like it is fresh from the shop.

  10. All of those things you’ve found in that flea market were amazing! Man, the compass is a treasure! Even though cars in the past didn’t have a built-in compass, it would be a great addition to your vintage convertible. You can make it seem like this inspired the navigation system in today’s cars.