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California Road Trip - I Love Lucy CarRicardo Car - Pontiac Star Chief convertible automobile seen on classic episodes of the CBS sitcom I LOVE LUCY during the 1954-55 season. When  Ricky and Lucy Ricardo (Desi Arnaz/Lucille Ball) take a cross country trip from New York to California on episode #110 "California, Here We Come" (January 10, 1955) they drive a red & white 1955 Pontiac convertible passenger car. It had 180 horse power and an automatic transmission.

The car first appears in episode #109 "Lucy Learns How to Drive" as the Ricardo's prepare to drive West. Additional passengers for the journey included Fred and Ethyl Mertz (William Frawley/Vivian Vance), the Ricardo's close friends and landlords.

Right before the trip begins, Fred finishes loading up the car but his wife Ethyl complains " Honestly, Fred. I could have loaded it better with a pitchfork " When the car is packed to everyone's satisfaction, the Ricardo's (in the front seat) and the Mertz's (in the back seat) drive West to California. As they leave the city, the whole group begins to the sing the Al Jolson standard "California Here I Come."

When the Ricardo's prepare to return to New York City (Episode # 131 "Ricky Sells the Car") Ricky sells the car for more than he paid for it and buys Union Pacific train tickets for everyone for the trip East to New York City.

When the Mertz's hear that Ricky sold the car, they inadvertently fear being stranded in California and so Fred purchases an antique Harley-Davidson motorcycle for $50. Of course, he trashes the bike. In the end, the Ricardo's and the Mertz's board the train for the long ride home.

TRIVIA NOTE: General Motors paid a promotional fee and provided several extra cars for these now classic on-the-road episodes #110 - #113.  The "Pontiac" brand of car derives its name from a chief of the Ottawa Indians who began to war on the British in New York in 1763


   1955 Pontiac Star Chief - the kind used for the California road trip on episode #110 January 10, 1955 on I Love Lucy

 

"California, Here I Come"

When the wintry winds are blowing,
And the snow is starting to fall,
Then my eyes turn westward,
Knowing that's the place
I love best of all.
California I've been blue
Since I've been away from you
I can't wait 'til I get going,
Even now I'm starting to call

California, here I come
Right back where I started from
Where bowers of flowers bloom in the sun
Each morning at dawning,
Birdies sing an' ev'rything.
A sun kissed miss said "don't be late"
That's why I can hardly wait,
Open up that Golden Gate,
California here I come.

Any one who likes to wander,
Ought to keep this saying in his mind
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder"
Of the good old place you leave behind.
When you've hit the trail a while
Seems you rarely see a smile;
That's why I must bly out yonder,
Where a frown is mighty hard to find!

California, here I come
Right back where I started from
Where bowers of flowers bloom in the sun
Each morning at dawning,
Birdies sing an' ev'rything.
A sun kissed miss said "don't be late"
That's why I can hardly wait,
Open up that Golden Gate,
California here I come.

Music by Joseph Meyer
Words by Al Jolson - Buddy De Sylva


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