I recently obtained a set of DVDs of the old Highway Patrol TV series for a very low price, so–of course–I have spent some time watching episodes of this mid-late '50s cop show. To my amazement, I observed the following transformations:
As Broderick Crawford is driving to the scene of a crime, his car has a tendency to start off as a '56 Mercury Custom, but during the drive it morphs into a '56 Olds 88, and by the time he gets to his destination, the car has become a '56 Buick Special. Truly magical!
The getaway car for a series of robberies is identified as a “supercharged black roadster”, but when we are able to get a view under the hood, the chopped and channeled Model A clearly has a normally-aspirated, dual carb V-8, which appears to be from an early '50s Cadillac.
I wonder how many viewers in this show’s heyday observed the contradictions, or if they were just so “wowed” by the magic of television that they never noticed.