Great video; loved seeing all those late '40s cars.
In Greeley, CO, there is a drive in burger joint called JB's. It has the same feel as this and, I suspect, hearkens from nearly the same era. Not to mention that on Saturday nights you'll see many of the same cars as shown here.
My Dad's first car was a '39 Plymouth coup, and it may have saved his life. He was in the Marine Corps at the time and his unit was getting ready to ship out to Korea when the CO said they needed someone to go to high-speed radio training, and it had to be someone with their own car. As my father was the only one with a p.o.v., he went off to school while his buddies, many of whom did not return, went off to Korea. He eventually became an instructor, and spent the entire war in the states.
I had a model of the Apollo command module that came with a reel to reel tape recording of the mission communications. Luckily my father worked for Ampex at the time (late 60's), so we had the equipment to play it.
It occurs to me that this may well have been a safety consideration. With the tailgate lowered, the tail lights are now at the extremis of the vehicle giving following motorists a clear visual indication of where the tailgate actually is. This would be particularly helpful at night.
Just a thought.
A WWII German recon tank; over 2000 parts, so I need to take frequent breaks from it to preserve what remains of my sanity,
A 1:12 Bentley that keeps getting stalled by lack of specific ref' materials.
And a hyper detailed '39 Chevy pro-street, for which I have now built and discarded three frames and two sets of headers.
These three have actually been "on my bench" for over a year, during which time I have completed four other models (one at a time). So I guess you could say that I typically have four going at any one time.