Can you wear your hat in YOUR vehicle?

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by Legal Concepts, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. Michaelson

    Michaelson One Too Many

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    No problems at all in my 50 Plymouth SD, though MOPAR used to brag in their advertisements of the day (48 - 52 or so) that they were the only car still made with plenty of head room for men and women wearing hats.;)

    Regards! Michaelson
     
  2. Wild Root

    Wild Root Gone Home

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    Aahhhhhhhhhhh, MoPar! Yes, as you all know I drive one of them too. Slightly older (1946 P-15) I enjoy the luxury of driving with out my hat hitting the headliner. I used to have to deal with my hat touching the headliner before I took on the responsibility of driving a 60 year old car daily. I tell ya, it’s been so nice not to have the seat way back and lowered to accommodate my tall self and my tall crown hats.

    It’s all about the head room!

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  3. jazzbass

    jazzbass Familiar Face

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    I could wear a hat if I take a "sawz-all" to the top of my vehicle (Toyota Tacoma)



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  4. Tony in Tarzana

    Tony in Tarzana My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I can wear my fairly low crowned Stetson Chathams in my '92 Ranger, but I sometimes hit the hat on the door frame getting in and out. No problem in the '82 Mercedes 300SD. The Germans make cars for tall guys.

    Oh, and that quote wasn't Walter P. Chrysler, it was K. T. Keller, who became chairman of Chrysler in 1950. Great quote, though, and I wish his vision had prevailed. If I had more space and a little more money, I'd love a '38 Plymouth Coupe, Philip Marlowe/Walter Neff style. :)
     
  5. Burma Shave

    Burma Shave One of the Regulars

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    I wear...

    ...a helmet on my motorcycle. Does that count?;) I've tried a fedora, but the wind blows it off.
     
  6. When driving my PT Cruiser, I can wear the right half of my fedora just fine. The left half, however, collides with the ceiling.
     
  7. Tony in Tarzana

    Tony in Tarzana My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I had a tweed cap that I used to wear in my '69 MG Midget. It had two flaps that fastened under my chin, or over the top of the cap when not in use.
     
  8. yachtsilverswan

    yachtsilverswan Familiar Face

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    In his book, Hatless Jack, author Neil Steinberg offers an additional quote from Chrysler President KT Keller on car headroom: "A car shouldn't knock a man's eyes out or his hat off." But the market disagreed. Americans bought lower and sleeker cars, Chrysler's boxier styling suffered by comparison, and Keller was ousted by 1950.

    As production cars lost their hat-accommodating headroom, Britain's Royal family asked Rolls Royce to design a State Limousine that would allow the Duke of Edinburgh to wear a tophat. Rolls Royce responded with a raised roof version of the Phantom VI - not a particularly handsome car to my eye - but it fulfilled its mission - plenty of headroom.


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  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim One Too Many

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    I'm about 5'9", drive a 1983 280ZX and there's room to wear a Whippet. The headrest isn't an issue unless I want to lean my head back on it, but it's not really designed to do that while driving anyway.

    My winter car is a 1999 Blazer, and there's plenty of room in there.

    My wife drives a 1993 Audi 90 Quattro - the hat room is adequate but snug.
     
  10. shoeshineboy

    shoeshineboy Practically Family

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    I am so envious about your Plymouth....as a mopar sales person, that would be a great vehicle for me to drive everyday in....!!!!

    mark the shoeshine boy
     
  11. Johnny Eager

    Johnny Eager New in Town

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    Havent Had a Problem

    I can wear a fedora fine in my car. But the car is a 1937 Buick - hahahaha
    Headroom in cars started diminishing in the 1960's
     
  12. penfencer

    penfencer Familiar Face

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    I drive the hat-friendly Honda Element.
     
  13. Viola

    Viola Call Me a Cab

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    At 5'1" I could probably wear one of these [​IMG] in a Miata should the desire strike me, which it has not.

    Fedora in a Chevy is so much classier.
     
  14. Shaul-Ike Cohen

    Shaul-Ike Cohen One Too Many

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    I think the Germans say "Mann mit Hut - f?§hrt nicht gut!" (Man with a hat - doesn't drive well." Probably spread at a time when elderly men were the only people who still wore hats.
     
  15. I think the Germans should also say, "Short old women - drive big long Oldsmobiles."
     
  16. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Old man, old hat, old car, it's such an easy equation.
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  17. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I could wear a bearskin busby in my car. Walter P. Chrysler decreed it so.
     
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  18. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Kia Rio II (Rio 5) got a height of 1,47 m. No problem for a traveller-(felt)hat. :)
     
  19. Bushman

    Bushman My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Some yes, some no. Depends on how tall the hat is, mostly.
     
  20. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    I once wore this in December driving my ’39 Ford panel
    when the heating system failed.
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    I almost killed Polo.
    ( He was laughing so hard, he almost burst a blood vessel.) :mad:
     
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