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    Mary Steinert dresses in a 1950s style as she accompanies her husband, Peter, and their 1956 Nash Ambassador to the Sacramento Zoo's Twilight Thursdays event. Peter Steinert restored the sedan with a pink tone from an original catalog.

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    Peter Steinert gives a window a wipe Thursday at the zoo gathering "Swing, Swing, Swing."

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    The Steinerts head toward a 1948 Trailer Craft owned by Paul Lacitinola of Elverta. The Sacramento Zoo is hosting similar events with different themes for the next five Thursdays, featuring displays from local car clubs and live music, as well as food and drinks.

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Pink 1956 Nash makes the scene at Sacramento Zoo

Published: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 - 10:07 am

Peter and Mary Steinert rolled up to the Sacramento Zoo's Twilight Thursdays car show in their newly restored 1956 Nash Ambassador Custom. They had never heard of the series of car shows until recently.

"This guy pulled up behind me when I drove into a friend's driveway," said Peter Steinert. "He gave me this flier for the show and told me he wanted me to come."

Twilight Thursdays features a different theme each week, and Thursday night's theme was cars from the '40s and '50s, and vintage trailers.

The Steinerts came dressed for the theme – Mary's bow, lipstick, and underskirt ruffles matching the car. They had chosen the bright pink color from the original American Motors catalog to keep it as authentic as possible. Most of the original car remains, resealed and renewed by Peter Steinert.

" '50s cars are the best," he said. "They run well and still have lots of character, that classy look."

Peter Steinert had always been fascinated with cars and learned on his own how to fix and tinker with them. He retired recently and started working on restorations, said his wife. "This is his hobby," she said. "I just support him."

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