He Said, “Son, You’re Gonna Drive Me to Drinkin’ . . .”

“If you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln.” The song was written and recorded in 1955 by Charlie Ryan.


You probably remember covers by Commander Cody or Asleep at the Wheel.

Ryan actually owned a hot rod that was just such a Frankenford: a 1932 Ford body on the shortened chassis of a 1948 twelve-cylinder Lincoln like this one.

At the quarterly car swap meet at LaGrave Field on Saturday, this car was on display and turning a lot of gearheads.

Count ’em: twelve cylinders (but only 306 cubic inches in its largest version). That vertical cylinder at the far right is the windshield wiper motor. Engine oil level is checked by reading a floating needle just right of the carburetor.

The car is not quite drivable. But at age sixty-four it makes an elegant still life.

For only $8,500 you could haul home this potential hot rod Lincoln. But your pappy is gonna have a hissy fit.

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2 Responses to He Said, “Son, You’re Gonna Drive Me to Drinkin’ . . .”

  1. Steve A says:

    Had no idea that song has been around so long!

    • hometown says:

      Nor did I for the longest time. Heck, sheltered child that I was, in the 1960s I thought those covers by the Beatles were their original works. “Hot Rod Lincoln” was an “answer song” to a 1951 song “The Hot Rod Race.” The answer song refers to the first song early in the lyrics.

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