if only I could get a La Femme
December 20, 2010 § 11 Comments
I think I should have a 1955 Dodge La Femme. It’s beautiful. It’s unique. It comes complete with accessories to match the interior—a gorgeous purse, coin purse, comb, lipstick, compact, cigarette lighter, umbrella, raincoat and hat. What else do you need?
The year is 1955, American families are becoming 2-car families. Mom needs her own special car that she would LOVE to be seen in. Something to call her own, to showcase her independence from relying on “the husband” for everything. Dodge introduces the La Femme. I am not overly-thrilled with that name, it means woman in French. La Femme sounds like some kind of lady product that sits shyly on some grocery store shelf, but the vehicle is stunning. It doesn’t sit shyly anywhere, it screams for unbridled attention.
Unfortunately it didn’t do much screaming for Dodge, only 2,500 were produced. It seems women just weren’t interested in this “girly” car or maybe it was the husbands that didn’t want such a feminine machine residing in their garage. Sadly, the La Femme is, for the most part, a memory tucked away deep in the Chrysler archives. Most Americans today aren’t aware that she ever existed.
Here’s my little tribute to this rare beauty, gone, but certainly not forgotten.