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post Nov 25 2012, 10:35 PM
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Recently, I have come across some information about cars that Marilyn ordered or owned. Does anyone know anything about these cars?


1962 Ford Thunderbird Arbiter Elegantíae
An elegant decree from Ford Motor Company



Ford Motor Company was generous with gifts to new Thunderbird buyers in the early sixties. Not only did customers often walk out of the dealership with a scale model in the same color as their new car, they would sometimes receive other gifts later, in recognition of their new car purchase. Some of these model cars featured a transistorized radio concealed within, with the detailed interior replaced with the radio speaker. A stainless steel engraved personalized nameplate to affix to their instrument panel or console was a fairly common gift, although they can be hard to find on cars today. A set of Fostoria glasses, with the Thunderbird emblem etched on them were also plentiful at the time, but can be expensive to buy today.

More rare were genuine wood boxes with built-in transistorized radios and a nameplate attached to the lid that could be engraved with a name or initials. Inside, concealed storage space with a card thanking the new owner for their recent purchase of a Ford Thunderbird. Key rings, cuff links, tie tacks, money clips, and other items were also available for dealers to give to their preferred customers.

In 1962, Ford sent new Thunderbird owners a scroll titled Arbiter Elegantíae (defined as a judge of elegance or matters of taste) in a tube covered with metallic gold paper and bearing the Thunderbird script in red ink. Many of these were not kept over the years, or found their way into scrapbooks or the trash can, so very few are left. The scroll (pictured at left) stated:

"Arbiter Elegantíae In Recognition of (owner's name) whose 1962 Thunderbird was built to set a standard for quality and a pattern for beauty unique in all the world. With your taste for excellence you have helped make the Thunderbird a reality, For it becomes possible to lavish so much meticulous care upon the building of a car only when there are people who appreciate this superior craftsmanship. The only place in the world where the Thunderbird is built is Wixom, Michigan. As a consequence, each member of the production team feels a close affinity to every Thunderbird on the road today - and a keen awareness of the fact that wherever you take your Thunderbird, his skill and ability as a craftsman also pass in review. The craftsman, designers, and engineers who created your Thunderbird would like to express their personal pride in this car...and their thanks to you for choosing it."

Signed by L.A. Iacocca, a gold seal embossed with the Thunderbird emblem and "'62" was affixed in the lower right corner, complete with red and blue ribbons.

In the example above, you might have noticed a familiar name on the document. While we cannot say at this time for certain, we have reason to believe that the car this item accompanied was indeed ordered by the celebrity, but we are not convinced that the car was actually delivered to her, as her death may have preceded the delivery date. There are, however, items that were found in the car that indicate she had at least driven it at some point. Some Monroe biographers report that Marilyn didn't own a car at all at the time of her death, instead preferring to be driven in a chauffeured limousine or by her housekeeper, Eunice Murray. Apparently Monroe had discharged Murray prior to her death, with Murray's last day of employment being Saturday, August 4, 1962...the last full day of Marilyn's life. (Marilyn was found dead by Murray in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 5, 1962, which seems unusual since she was no longer employed by Miss Monroe at that time.) Knowing she would not have Murray to drive her around any longer, it's very possible Miss Monroe had arranged for her own transportation, and what better car for a Hollywood star than a new Thunderbird? At any rate, we will continue to research this and update this page with more current information once it becomes available, if it ever does.

In addition to this Thunderbird, George Barris was allegedly working in conjunction with Warner Bros. to build a custom Lincoln Continental for Marilyn, which was not completed before her death, and was never delivered to her, although she might have been involved somewhat in its design and development. We're not sure if this was for a forthcoming movie or not, but will provide additional details as they become available. This would have been Marilyn's second Lincoln, as she previously owned a Cashmere Coral 1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible which still exists, and is shown from time to time.

The black and white photo above was taken on the set of Something's Got to Give in April 1962. This movie was never finished, as Monroe was fired by the studio prior to its completion. Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse were also cast for starring roles in this picture. After Monroe was fired, the studio attempted to hire Lee Remick to complete the picture, but Dean Martin refused, stating his contract called for a movie with Marilyn Monroe, and it would be Marilyn or no movie! At the time of her death, the studio was in negotiations with Miss Monroe to rehire her to complete the picture. Whether you believe her death to be suicide (accidental or otherwise), or something more sinister, it is a fact that Marilyn died at her peak. She had never been more beautiful, and her acting skills were more refined than ever before. The unfinished movie was retitled as Move Over, Darling and was released in 1963 with Doris Day, James Garner, and Thelma Ritter in the lead roles. It was a big hit for the studio, and was one of two movies pairing Day and Garner in 1963. (The second movie was The Thrill of It All which features several classic Thunderbirds, among them two 1960 Thunderbird Hardtops and a 1961 Thunderbird Hardtop. Read about them on the Movie and TV-Birds - The Fifties page (opens in new window).

The car this document was found in is a Corinthian White 1962 Thunderbird Convertible, with a white top and a Light Pearl Beige Vinyl with Medium Beige Bedford Cord interior. Loaded with every option available in 1962 except for the Sports Side Trim and Wire Wheels, this car has been carefully stored and lovingly preserved and still retains its original tires, hoses, belts, etc. The car has been driven in limited amounts on a regular basis to maintain its mechanicals, and has received regular fluid and filter changes, but has to date only accumulated 910 miles on the odometer. So, whether its original owner was indeed Marilyn Monroe or not, this is an outstanding example—if not a perfect example—of a brand new 1962 Thunderbird Convertible. Even all of its original paperwork, including owner's manual, window sticker, etc., were found in the console glove compartment.

There is no doubt that over the years, many Thunderbirds were owned by celebrities. So many, in fact, that we have published a page on Celebrity Thunderbirds. Marilyn Monroe owned at least one other Thunderbird, a 1956 model.

In the future, we will publish a feature on Thunderbird Gifts, and include a link to it on this page once it's online.
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1955 Lincoln Capri convertible

Once owned by Marilyn Monroe. Imperial Palace Auto Collection, Las Vegas NV, March 2000.
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This car was purportedly purchased by Marilyn and left on the Twentieth Century Fox lot when she moved to New York.
Also, from http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19392/lot/...a_currency=GBP:

"Although only 1,951 examples of that year's Capri Convertible were built, this was more than sold the previous year and was in itself no small achievement since the country was in a recession and their price tag was a somewhat eye-watering $4,031! That the model continued to grow in popularity is no doubt endorsed by the fact that buyers in 1955 included Marilyn Monroe."
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Here's a photo of Marilyn and Pat Newcomb, with either a 61 or 62 Thunderbird.

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QUOTE(Mezzo @ Nov 25 2012, 03:35 PM) *
Recently, I have come across some information about cars that Marilyn ordered or owned. Does anyone know anything about these cars?
1962 Ford Thunderbird Arbiter Elegantíae
An elegant decree from Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company was generous with gifts to new Thunderbird buyers in the early sixties. Not only did customers often walk out of the dealership with a scale model in the same color as their new car, they would sometimes receive other gifts later, in recognition of their new car purchase. Some of these model cars featured a transistorized radio concealed within, with the detailed interior replaced with the radio speaker. A stainless steel engraved personalized nameplate to affix to their instrument panel or console was a fairly common gift, although they can be hard to find on cars today. A set of Fostoria glasses, with the Thunderbird emblem etched on them were also plentiful at the time, but can be expensive to buy today.

More rare were genuine wood boxes with built-in transistorized radios and a nameplate attached to the lid that could be engraved with a name or initials. Inside, concealed storage space with a card thanking the new owner for their recent purchase of a Ford Thunderbird. Key rings, cuff links, tie tacks, money clips, and other items were also available for dealers to give to their preferred customers.

In 1962, Ford sent new Thunderbird owners a scroll titled Arbiter Elegantíae (defined as a judge of elegance or matters of taste) in a tube covered with metallic gold paper and bearing the Thunderbird script in red ink. Many of these were not kept over the years, or found their way into scrapbooks or the trash can, so very few are left. The scroll (pictured at left) stated:

"Arbiter Elegantíae In Recognition of (owner's name) whose 1962 Thunderbird was built to set a standard for quality and a pattern for beauty unique in all the world. With your taste for excellence you have helped make the Thunderbird a reality, For it becomes possible to lavish so much meticulous care upon the building of a car only when there are people who appreciate this superior craftsmanship. The only place in the world where the Thunderbird is built is Wixom, Michigan. As a consequence, each member of the production team feels a close affinity to every Thunderbird on the road today - and a keen awareness of the fact that wherever you take your Thunderbird, his skill and ability as a craftsman also pass in review. The craftsman, designers, and engineers who created your Thunderbird would like to express their personal pride in this car...and their thanks to you for choosing it."

Signed by L.A. Iacocca, a gold seal embossed with the Thunderbird emblem and "'62" was affixed in the lower right corner, complete with red and blue ribbons.

In the example above, you might have noticed a familiar name on the document. While we cannot say at this time for certain, we have reason to believe that the car this item accompanied was indeed ordered by the celebrity, but we are not convinced that the car was actually delivered to her, as her death may have preceded the delivery date. There are, however, items that were found in the car that indicate she had at least driven it at some point. Some Monroe biographers report that Marilyn didn't own a car at all at the time of her death, instead preferring to be driven in a chauffeured limousine or by her housekeeper, Eunice Murray. Apparently Monroe had discharged Murray prior to her death, with Murray's last day of employment being Saturday, August 4, 1962...the last full day of Marilyn's life. (Marilyn was found dead by Murray in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 5, 1962, which seems unusual since she was no longer employed by Miss Monroe at that time.) Knowing she would not have Murray to drive her around any longer, it's very possible Miss Monroe had arranged for her own transportation, and what better car for a Hollywood star than a new Thunderbird? At any rate, we will continue to research this and update this page with more current information once it becomes available, if it ever does.

In addition to this Thunderbird, George Barris was allegedly working in conjunction with Warner Bros. to build a custom Lincoln Continental for Marilyn, which was not completed before her death, and was never delivered to her, although she might have been involved somewhat in its design and development. We're not sure if this was for a forthcoming movie or not, but will provide additional details as they become available. This would have been Marilyn's second Lincoln, as she previously owned a Cashmere Coral 1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible which still exists, and is shown from time to time.

The black and white photo above was taken on the set of Something's Got to Give in April 1962. This movie was never finished, as Monroe was fired by the studio prior to its completion. Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse were also cast for starring roles in this picture. After Monroe was fired, the studio attempted to hire Lee Remick to complete the picture, but Dean Martin refused, stating his contract called for a movie with Marilyn Monroe, and it would be Marilyn or no movie! At the time of her death, the studio was in negotiations with Miss Monroe to rehire her to complete the picture. Whether you believe her death to be suicide (accidental or otherwise), or something more sinister, it is a fact that Marilyn died at her peak. She had never been more beautiful, and her acting skills were more refined than ever before. The unfinished movie was retitled as Move Over, Darling and was released in 1963 with Doris Day, James Garner, and Thelma Ritter in the lead roles. It was a big hit for the studio, and was one of two movies pairing Day and Garner in 1963. (The second movie was The Thrill of It All which features several classic Thunderbirds, among them two 1960 Thunderbird Hardtops and a 1961 Thunderbird Hardtop. Read about them on the Movie and TV-Birds - The Fifties page (opens in new window).

The car this document was found in is a Corinthian White 1962 Thunderbird Convertible, with a white top and a Light Pearl Beige Vinyl with Medium Beige Bedford Cord interior. Loaded with every option available in 1962 except for the Sports Side Trim and Wire Wheels, this car has been carefully stored and lovingly preserved and still retains its original tires, hoses, belts, etc. The car has been driven in limited amounts on a regular basis to maintain its mechanicals, and has received regular fluid and filter changes, but has to date only accumulated 910 miles on the odometer. So, whether its original owner was indeed Marilyn Monroe or not, this is an outstanding example—if not a perfect example—of a brand new 1962 Thunderbird Convertible. Even all of its original paperwork, including owner's manual, window sticker, etc., were found in the console glove compartment.

There is no doubt that over the years, many Thunderbirds were owned by celebrities. So many, in fact, that we have published a page on Celebrity Thunderbirds. Marilyn Monroe owned at least one other Thunderbird, a 1956 model.

In the future, we will publish a feature on Thunderbird Gifts, and include a link to it on this page once it's online.
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1955 Lincoln Capri convertible

Once owned by Marilyn Monroe. Imperial Palace Auto Collection, Las Vegas NV, March 2000.
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This car was purportedly purchased by Marilyn and left on the Twentieth Century Fox lot when she moved to New York.
Also, from http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19392/lot/...a_currency=GBP:

"Although only 1,951 examples of that year's Capri Convertible were built, this was more than sold the previous year and was in itself no small achievement since the country was in a recession and their price tag was a somewhat eye-watering $4,031! That the model continued to grow in popularity is no doubt endorsed by the fact that buyers in 1955 included Marilyn Monroe."

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According to a website I found MGM owned this 1962 Chrysler 300H convertible but Marilyn drove it - she was photographed in it during her photo session with George Barris in 1962. This seems odd to me seeing as she was contracted to 20th Century Fox and not MGM. Apparently this is the very car used in the photo session. It was bought at auction by a private collector with the odometer reading 4900 miles and still with the original paint.

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Cool about the 1962 Chrysler 300H convertible (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/thumbup1.gif) Thanks
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Here's another accounting of her cars; you can click on the link to the article if you want to see photos.
Source: http://phscollectorcarworld.blogspot.com/2...nroes-cars.html

"Lost Star Cars: Marilyn Monroe's Cars--Where are They Now?
By: Patrick Smith

Marilyn Monroe needs no introduction. She was Hollywood's most legendary actress. Ms. Monroe spent her life in the photography and film business. She became a star in a series of movies during the 1950s and was noted for her marriages to some of the biggest names in sports and the arts. When Ms. Monroe passed away suddenly in late 1962, the world changed with it.Never again would we see women actresses so vulnerable to the star machine. When Monroe was alive, she was a resident of Los Angeles and New York City, with short stays in Connecticut as wife of Arthur Miller, the playwright. Anyone living in L.A. needs a car just to get around the city.
Her earliest known vehicle was a 1948 convertible she drove to modeling assignments and screen castings while she was a contract player with 20th Century Fox or MGM. It was this car that indirectly caused the production of the infamous nude calendar photographs seen the world over. The story goes that Norma Jeane Dougherty had been approached by photographer, Tom Kelley, to pose nude for cash as he was sure Norma Jeane had star potential as a pin up girl. Norma Jeane declined to pose nude. Nice girls didn't do those sort of pictures back then. It wasn't the kind of image she wanted when starting a film career. Then times got tough. Twentieth Century Fox dropped her contract and no one else picked it up. Norma Jeane did more modeling and picture girl shoots for magazine covers.
The lag time between session and actual pay would be considerable and Norma was low on cash. Finally her car was repossessed for non payment. Desperately in need of transportation, Norma contacted the photographer and agreed to do the nude session. She got her convertible back. The car in Ted Jordan's account was a Pontiac. Another source mentioned a 1950 Pontiac convertible. Research has proven this to be impossible. The Kelley photo session for the nude calendar occurred in May 1949. New car introductions are usually in late summer or early fall if it happened to have all new styling. For Norma Jeane to owe back payments on a used Pontiac, the latest model it could be is a 1949. Author, Ted Jordan, who dated Norma Jeane in the 1940s before she was famous, recalled her car being a Pontiac convertible but doesn't mention the year. A search of other Marilyn Monroe biographies turned up a 1948 Ford Super Deluxe convertible she bought used and had repossessed for non payment. It was red and it's been suggested she owned this in the late 1940s.
It appears that time has made memories hazy at best when it comes to Marilyn's early cars. All we have to go on are biographical accounts with no pictorial evidence to back them up. Fifty dollars a month for a used car was a lot of money back then. At least that supports the idea of it being a late model convertible. Frankly, I find it difficult to believe it was either one. A struggling actress living on photo session pay checks and contract player gigs would find it very hard to keep a late model car on the road.Could it be the authors meant a 1938 Ford or Pontiac convertible. This seems more likely.

1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible was Marilyn's 1st new car.
The first new car Marilyn got as a star came from Jack Benny as a thank you gift for appearing on his Jack Benny show in 1953. It was a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible finished in black. This car was used on the West Coast as Marilyn made the pr rounds and appeared in the occasional film usually with guest or cameo roles. Her first big number was about break wide open. There are several accounts and pictures showing Marilyn using that '54 Eldorado in Los Angeles. The white '54 shown above isn't Marilyn's car however. Oddly enough, that car has disappeared as well.

The Ford Thunderbird Cars: This was the mid fifties when Marilyn was in transition. She moved to the East Coast to New York City during her standoff with 20th Century Fox Studios. While studying Method Acting with Lee Strasberg, Monroe hired Milton Greene as her new manager and business partner to run a production company for the purpose of making films to feature Marilyn in more serious, developed roles. It has been said that Milton Greene bought a Thunderbird for Marilyn's use. I've also read that Marilyn gave Milton Greene her 1955 T bird. Interesting, but I have no proof of this car existing. I have not found a picture yet of Milton's Thunderbird. Milton was a photographer who went into debt trying to establish Marilyn Monroe as a serious actress with a production company. He'd borrowed against his house to finance the operation. Milton's car was a station wagon. I do not believe there was a Milton Greene-Marilyn Monroe T bird. The only pictures I have seen of Marilyn in a Thunderbird is Arthur Miller's.
When Marilyn was dating Arthur Miller, he owned a black Thunderbird. His was a 1956 model. Plenty of photos exist with Marilyn and Miller in the car together. Miller's car had the Continental Tire kit, Town &Country push button radio and a black dash with the Thunderbird crest in the center. Miller's licence plate was 2G 9364 on the back. On the front, he had a shorter one in lighter colors with A 4519 and a letter G boxed.Yet one more Tbird allegedly was owned by MM; a coral pink 1955 on the West Coast. Tracking down these cars have been frustrating to say the least. To date, all I can state for certain is the Coral Pink T bird is nowhere to be found and Arthur Miller's black T bird is also missing.
The Limousine Era:
By the time Marilyn Monroe returned from New York City to make movies for 20th Century Fox again, she was busy with shoots on location in the Nevada desert for Some Like it Hot. Arthur Miller, her husband, was there as well. It appears that Monroe used limousines for that movie's transportation. Let's Make Love was done in movie sets and transportation was either provided by the film company usually through a Los Angeles limo provider such as Carey Cadillac Renting Co. in Beverley Hills. Monroe did a lot of traveling during this period with jaunts to Cal Neva Lodge, New York City, Florida to visit Joe DiMaggio and several night clubs on both coasts. The only certain pictures we have of Monroe are those taken with Joe DiMaggio as he escorted her from the Payne Psychiatric Institute or from various pr functions in and around Los Angeles. Joe drove a dark blue Cadillac with JOE D licence plates. There is a new photograph taken during the Misfits film shooting with Monroe resting inside a 1959 Dodge station wagon parked in the shade. This was likely a film company car on lease for the production crew.
The majority of the time, Marilyn's transportation were Cadillac stretch limousines usually bodied by Derham Coach Company in Pennsylvania. These cars were used for pick up at airports, transport to Clark Gable's funeral, and travel from her home to movie sets. The last time Monroe left 20th Century Fox Studios was in a mid 1950s era Derham Cadillac limousine.

The 1962 Chrysler 300 Convertible:
By 1961 Monroe had completed her last film in the desert, The Misfits. It was aptly titled, summarizing her career and position in Hollywood. Shooting for Something's Got To Give began in early 1962. Monroe bought a house in Brentwood, LA and started to settle in. She was using company limousines for primary transportation and occasionally she borrowed house keeper, Eunice Murray's Dodge for quickie trips. An extensive photo session done by photographer, George Barris, in June shows Marilyn posed behind the wheel of an impressive Chrysler convertible.

 photo © by George Barris, photographer, not car customiser, 1962 renewed 2003
 I included these pictures not only for their glamour, but to make a point. Marilyn has been pictured entering and leaving countless cars during her career as professional actress and model. Today, it's causing problems by having wishful thinking types market their California sourced car as a possible Marilyn Monroe vehicle. These pictures of Monroe lounging luxuriantly inside the Chrysler will definitely fool some people.That is why I have included the real story as told by George Barris about the circumstances behind the famous last photo session of Marilyn Monroe. He has been forthright from the very beginning, mentioning in 1984 with the co authored book with Gloria Steinem and reasserted the fact in 2003 that the car wasn't Marilyn's.

photo © 1962, renewed 2003 by George Barris, photographer.
The house, the backyard and the car were borrowed props belonging to George's friend named Tim Liemert who lived in North Hollywood Hills. The truth was Marilyn's house was largely vacant at the time. She was waiting for lots of furniture and decorations she purchased in Mexico to arrive so a nearby house was used. In all likelihood, the 1962 Chrysler 300 convertible belonged either to George Barris or Tim Leimert. It's a shame in a way because if Marilyn had to to choose a glamorous car other than a Cadillac, a 300 convertible fits the bill.


A different view of the 1962 Chrysler shown above.
The Unexplained:
I file these anomalies under unexplained photos and rumors. I came across two pics of Marilyn at the wheel of a Jeep. This defies all logic because Monroe isn't known to be any sort of an outdoors camping kind of woman. In fact, these were taken by professional photographer, Sam Shaw in the summer of 1957 when Marilyn was vacationing with Arthur Miller. This was at Amagansett Beach.I file it under imaginative backdrop photography. Monroe was lots of things but a wanderlust who liked to get away in the wilds for a weekend wasn't one of them. It describes Kim Novak to a tee, but not Monroe. The pic look great however. Notice Marilyn's massive built up heel on her sandals? It's a sure bet Sam Shaw or Arthur Miller actually drove that Jeep around the beach! By the way, if you want to see some excellent photos of Marilyn, you must acquire a copy of Marilyn Among Friends by Sam Shaw and Norman Rosten. Out of print, but what a treasure. James Haspiel's book, Marilyn: the Ultimate Look at the Legend is also a must have.


picture © by Sam Shaw 1957, 1987 renewed.

Now here lies a cautionary tale for potential Marilyn Monroe car seekers. Be sure you know what your are getting for your money. So many cars are listed online claiming to have some connection to the late film star that you'd be forgiven for thinking she was a car nut like Steve McQueen. Here's one example of a car that has real, albeit, tenuous connections to the the star. Marilyn was photographed inside a red MG TD driven by star Carey Grant in the film, "Monkey Business." Now the unexplainable part of this is the car was owned by 20th Century Fox. It was sold to Debbie Reynolds who took a shine to it when a company sold some Marilyn Monroe objects in 1971. In turn, Debbie's daughter, Carrie Fisher learned to drive in it during the 1970s. So with three bona fide stars having driven the car and two of them actual owners in real life, how does the press covering the story describe the car? They describe it as Marilyn Monroe's MG TD! All she did was sit in it during the film. It fetched $210,000. I'd like to think the price reflects total provenance of all four stars and not just Marilyn Monroe. Otherwise it's very well paid for. Shown below is an MG TD. 

1952 MG TD.

The Total Number of Accounted for Vehicles: None of the actual Marilyn Monroe cars has been seen or found after her death in 1962. Miller's Tbird is missing. The 1954 Eldorado convertible is gone. The 1948 Ford or Pontiac convertible vanished into the mist of time. The countless company limousines have long been used up and changed ownership. These are truly Lost Star Cars. If any concrete evidence appears linking Marilyn to one of her known cars I will update it.
* text © 2012 by Patrick Smith photo credits © listed on Monroe pictures, all others PHS Media archives."
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Thanks Mary - this clears up the puzzle about the Chrysler.
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QUOTE(mberton @ Mar 17 2014, 01:32 PM) *
Thanks Mary - this clears up the puzzle about the Chrysler.


You're welcome. There are a lot of stories out there!

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QUOTE(Mezzo @ Mar 17 2014, 10:17 AM) *
"Lost Star Cars: Marilyn Monroe's Cars--Where are They Now?
By: Patrick Smith

Her earliest known vehicle was a 1948 convertible she drove to modeling assignments and screen castings while she was a contract player with 20th Century Fox or MGM. It was this car that indirectly caused the production of the infamous nude calendar photographs seen the world over. The story goes that Norma Jeane Dougherty had been approached by photographer, Tom Kelley, to pose nude for cash as he was sure Norma Jeane had star potential as a pin up girl. Norma Jeane declined to pose nude. Nice girls didn't do those sort of pictures back then. It wasn't the kind of image she wanted when starting a film career. Then times got tough. Twentieth Century Fox dropped her contract and no one else picked it up. Norma Jeane did more modeling and picture girl shoots for magazine covers.


Here is MM next to a convertible car, sometime between Feb. and April 1949, with trick golfer Joe Kirkwood Jr (she was his assistant on tours). Could this be the car? She would 1st work with Tom Kelly in May.

The last 3 photos of MM is at a burger drive thru for a LIFE mag photoshoot in 1952. That car too seems to have a convertible top. I wonder if this is the same car from 1949? If you reverse the pic, the handles seem to be the same (and the tops seem similar).

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post Mar 18 2014, 07:30 PM
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I don't know if those are the same car. In one photo the convertible top is dark and in the other it is light.

Here is a 1953 photo of Marilyn in her green convertible.
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I see that the purchase order below is for a 1950 Pontiac coupe, and not a convertible. It is also equipped with spot lights. Perhaps the car pictured below is the car from the purchase order?
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Here is Norma Jeane with Jim Dougherty's blue 1940 Ford touring coupe.
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Thanks for the pics! I don't know how you all find the time to find all this info for us! But I'm glad you do (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/clapping.gif)

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I don't know if those are the same car. In one photo the convertible top is dark and in the other it is light.

It's possible that maybe the top had to be replaced at one point?
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post Mar 18 2014, 10:42 PM
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Of course, she may have had the top replaced.

The photos posted earlier of the convertible don't seem to match a 1950 Pontiac. I've read that she purchased a red 1948 Ford Super Deluxe convertible that was repossessed, and that she drove a 1948 Pontiac convertible. The photos above don't match a 1948 Ford, but are close to a 1948 Pontiac. These photos below were found on the internet and are not cars that Marilyn owned.

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post Mar 18 2014, 11:22 PM
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Here Marilyn is leaning against what appears to be a 1949 Pontiac Chieftain convertible coupe. I don't know if she owned it. The photo was taken on wither April 11 or 12, 1952, in front of the Owl Rexall Drug in Hollywood. I posted photos of two 1949 Chieftains for comparison.

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[quote name='Mezzo' date='Mar 17 2014, 05:17 PM' post='228929']
"Lost Star Cars: Marilyn Monroe's Cars--Where are They Now?

The first new car Marilyn got as a star came from Jack Benny as a thank you gift for appearing on his Jack Benny show in 1953. It was a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible finished in black. This car was used on the West Coast as Marilyn made the pr rounds and appeared in the occasional film usually with guest or cameo roles. Her first big number was about break wide open. There are several accounts and pictures showing Marilyn using that '54 Eldorado in Los Angeles. The white '54 shown above isn't Marilyn's car however. Oddly enough, that car has disappeared as well.

http://blog.everlasting-star.net/2016/11/c...marilyn-i-knew/
ROBERT WAGNER: ‘THE MARILYN I KNEW’I bought a car from Marilyn—a black Cadillac with black leather interior.

January 20, 1957
Bob Wagner souped up that Cadvertible he bought from Marilyn Monroe another 100 h.p....
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Thanks Joan, I didn't know Wagner 'souped up' MMs car (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumbup1.gif)
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