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1928 Porter Car from MY MOTHER THE CAR - Located at Stars Cars Museum in Tennessee1928 Porter - Dubbed as one of the worst TV programs ever, MY MOTHER THE CAR/NBC/1965-66 starred a ghostly 1928 Porter automobile. The storyline follows lawyer Dave Crabtree (Jerry Van Dyke) shopping for an inexpensive car at a used-car lot only to have the car talk to him when he sat down in the black-buttoned upholstery behind the wheel. The voice (heard over the car's radio) was his mother's whom had returned from the afterlife in the form of a vintage touring car. Dave immediately paid $200 and drove it home. Now, whenever he had a problem, he'd visited the garage and talked to his mom (voice of Ann Sothern).

. When the car needed servicing Dave took it to Doc Benson's Auto Clinic. The Porter still had its original brakes ("Stop-on-a-Dime" Brakes) and carburetor that contained sixteen nuts, fourteen screws and three bolt. The car's license plate read: PZR-317

The main conflict in the series was antique car collector Captain Bernard Mancini (Avery Schreiber) who desperately wanted to add Dave's car to his collection of antique automobiles.

The TV car was designed by Barris Kustom Industries and powered by a 283ci Chevrolet V-8 and a Powerglide automatic transmission. The car's body (finished in Metalflake carnation red with a white top) was made up from various vehicles including a Model T Ford, a Maxwell, a Hudson and pieces of a Chevrolet.

To make it appear that the car was driverless (when the ghost in the machine drove it) the rear floorboard was removed so that a second driver could be placed out of sight of the viewing audience. He drove the car using mirrors.


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