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1952 Willys Aero Lark

1952 Willys Aero Lark in Cry-Baby, Movie, 1990 IMDB

Class: Cars, CoupÚ — Model origin: US

1952 Willys Aero Lark

Position 00:57:32 [*] Background vehicle

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Ddey65 US

2007-01-04 23:02

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Willy's.

Exiv96 BE

2007-01-04 23:11

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Aero-Willys.

pilou BE

2007-01-05 10:47

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Willys Aero Eagle hardtop coupe 1952

RICK0MATIC

2009-10-02 19:57

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I have not seen the movie but I can tell from this one pic that it is NOT an Eagle hardtop because it does not have the stainless windshield garnish molding, but it's definately a 1952. The '52 Lark that was used in Back to the Future was repainted after that movie to this color scheme, so if this movie was filmed in Los Angeles, then this may be the same '52 Aero Lark.

Commander 57 US

2009-10-02 20:49

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Also, I believe Eagles had one-piece windshields.

Incidentally, why couldn't this be a 1953?

-- Last edit: 2009-10-02 20:57:04

Commander 57 US

2009-10-05 17:13

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OK. Have done some further research.
Unlike the 1953 model, the 1952 Aero Eagle DID have a 2-piece windshield.
However, we cannot conclude that this is an Eagle, since we cannot see whether or not it is a 2-door hardtop style.
It is not a Lark since it has chrome around the windshield. It is not a 1953 Ace, as all of them had 1-piece windshields, like the '53 Eagle.
That leaves it being either a 1952 Ace/Wing/Eagle or a 1953 Falcon. If this is a 4-door car, then it HAS to be a '53 as there were no 4-door 1952 models.
Also, I believe that 1953 models had gold-colored "W"'s in the grill and this one appears chrome.
Would go with "1952 Willys Unknown" until we can see whether or not this is a 2-door hardtop or 2-door sedan.

antp BE

2009-10-05 20:54

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As I do not have the movie anymore to check, we may have to wait a long time... we can just pick one of the possibilities in the meantime :p

-- Last edit: 2009-10-05 20:54:33

RICK0MATIC

2009-12-17 23:38

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Interesting that the car has 1954 hub caps. It does NOT look like it has chrome around the windshield, only in the divider bar, that would make it a 1952 Lark or a 1953 Lark/Falcon. I still think this is Larry Root's '52 Lark from Back to the Future that was repainted.
Commander 57, you have done your homework and I'm proud of you.

vilero ES

2012-03-06 13:20

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It's a pity but I can't add more info to this. It seems this scene is only showed on the director's cut version.

Commander 57 US

2012-03-06 15:14

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We are still sitting here with the car listed as an Eagle and I believe that's out since the car does not have winshield garnish moudings. I think that's true of the Ace, also.
Both the Lark and Wing had rubber mouldings, to my knowledge.

Rickomatic indicated this could be a re-painted Lark from Back to the Future (II?).
Can that be confirmed? If not, this could be either a Lark or Wing.
For now, will just take the "Eagle" listing off.

Too bad there is no '52 Willys brochure on line at this time at the brochure site.


-- Last edit: 2012-03-06 15:16:31

Commander 57 US

2012-03-06 17:58

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Did a bit of further research.
I now believe both the Wing and Falcon models DID have chromed W/S moulding.
That would make this a Lark, particularly.
So listing.

rick0matic

2013-12-21 02:16

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Lack of windshield surround moldings only occurred on Larks, 1952-1954, It's definitely not a '54 Lark because the bumper guards, headlight and parking light bezels are from 1952-1953. So it could be either '52 or '53. The 1953's only received a gold "W" in the grille, but only after serial number 653-KA1 10022 for the 2-doors and 653-KB1 10362 for the 4-doors. Any serial number prior to these did not receive a gold "W" by the factory but may have been retro-fitted by a dealer.
I still think it may be Larry Root's car with the repaint.

Commander 57 US

2013-12-21 03:15

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Interesting bit of info there about the serial numbers. Had never heard that before. What is your source?
Everything I've read says the gold "W" was on all '53's.

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