I have always been good at being able to tell the year of manufacture of most cars. It started when I was three or four and found out I was better at it than my eight year old cousin who stayed with my family a great deal. He wasn’t too happy with me. Of course today’s cars are the exception. I can’t tell my '05 LeSabre or '04 Mustang from their 2000 brethern, but that’s another rant.
The TV series Vegas is set in Las Vegas in 1960. They dated it right there on the screen. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2262383/ On the first episode, one of the bad guys was prominently shown, more than once, in a '62 Cadillac. I can forgive the round '61 T’Bird as it MIGHT be the fall of 1960… Last week the unmistakable taillights of a '64 Plymouth were shown in a close up. It bothers my wife when I mention these flaws, but she’s not a car guy…
I had a '21 Model T Ford that appeared in a made-for-TV movie about Mary White, daughter of Newspaper publisher William Allen White, about 35 years ago. The period was 1921. A 1923 Model T had a slightly slanted windshield, so any T that new was not usable according to the director’s edict. Apparently they cared about such things in that era. My car was not good enough looking to be in any close shots, but it still made me $50 a day for being parked and driving away, down the street… A costumed friend of mine drove it, and he got paid too, but I had to work at my day job which paid far less than $50… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076371/
Have you noticed automotive anachronisms like this on TV?
Why don’t the networks insist on authenticity in a ‘period piece’ such as Vegas anymore? Do they think we don’t notice or care?