Even slightly schlock-rodded, a quintessential beautiful '40s car.
Some say the '53 Studebaker was a perfect design: smart, ages well, and practical. So if carmakers were practical we'd all have been driving something like that, like a nicer version of the Volga and a much nicer version of the Volkswagen (the Karmann Ghia is reminiscent: a VW in an Italian style). But that would have been boring. Some of Detroit and Madison Avenue was hype and waste (planned obsolescence; let's pretend your car is a jet plane or spaceship) but the market (including competition) made some great designs and engineering too. In America you could work hard to afford a choice of the best cars, etc., supporting the country because they were made here. Populuxe ("the '50s") was the style of a country on the leading edge but keeping the old values.
Playing a recording of the national anthem. Military regulations once said you weren't supposed to salute in civilian clothes; that's been changed so off-duty personnel and veterans can. (Also, the naval services only saluted wearing a cover, a.k.a. hat.) President Reagan started returning salutes from his guards, et al. Naysayers call that playing soldier; I like it just because I like the military, but I appreciate the traditional rule.