Hello all, I've been lurking around these forums for many years and just now decided to register. But I'll just get straight to the point.
I recently started playing Fallout 2 again and got to the point where you get the fuel cell regulator from the broken down Chrysalis Motors Highwayman. The car looked very familiar to me so I decided to do some research on it.
According to the Fallout bible the Highwayman was based off of the 1957 Chevrolet. I am an old car collector, and while I don't think it's wise to go against the Fallout bible (Sure I'm going to get a ton of flak for this), I must say that that has to be incorrect.
I decided to do some comparisons of the Highwayman, the 1957 Chevrolet, and two other likely candidates (1959 Plymouth and Chrysler).
1959 Chrysler (It was a pain to get pictures of the right model):
1959 Chrysler VS Highwayman
Same general shape.
Large rear fins.
Lower, flatter roof.
Somewhat similar hood.
Chrysler is similar to Chrysalis.
Smaller 3rd headlight below the duals on the Chrysler.
Seems a little more rounded than the Highwayman.
1957 Chevrolet VS Highwayman
Same general body style of late 1950's cars.
Bumpers are vaguely similar.
Same windshield, but most 50's cars had the same windshield style.
Similar grill behind the bumper.
Highwayman has dual headlights, while the 1957 Chevy has singles.
Rear tail fins are much less pronounced compared to the Highwayman.
Different hood style.
Higher more rounded roof.
1959 Plymouth VS Highwayman
Similar body style.
Similar dual headlights.
Fins are pretty much identical
Similar grill (The Plymouths pictured here are the Fury model which adds an extra emblem and a gap in the middle of the grill).
Similar hood style.
Lower, flatter roof.
Chrysler, which is similar to Chrysalis is the parent company of Plymouth.
Different rear bumper. (I remember seeing a early picture of the Highwayman that had a similar rear bumper).
After doing the comparisons, I have come to the conclusion that the Highwayman is not a 1957 Chevrolet, but is infact a 1959 Plymouth.
While I'm sure the Fallout devs (Devs wrote it, right? I can't remember) that wrote the Fallout bible are more privy to the highwayman than I am (Seeing as they made it and all), I stand by my position. They must've made an error while writing the bible.
Thanks for your time.