This is Robert Taylor’s auto registration for 1962. Mr. Taylor was not one for flashy new cars at this time in his life. He owned a 1954 Dodge. The registration fee of $13 seems reasonable. This was recently for sale on Ebay.
This photo from 1961 may show the car in question.
I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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What an amazing find Judith!! I also think that station wagon in the photo may be the car in question. He was quoted once as saying his favorite car makes were Dodge and Ford–however he bought a Mercedes for Ursula while in Spain filming Savage Pampas, if I don’t recall wrongly. Are car registrations still renewed every year in the US? It’s not mandatory here, as long as the car is always driven by its registered/legal owner.
Here you actually register the car once but you have to pay a fee every year. It may have been different in 1962. Mr. Taylor did buy Ursula a Mercedes in Spain and then had it shipped to California. This from a man who turned night lights off to save money!