Tuesday
Jul052016

1964 Chevrolet Impala

By Vern Parker

Before the Price family grew to the point where the selection of a new car was limited to a four-door sedan or a station wagon, a two-door hardtop Chevrolet Impala was purchased.

For as long as Michele Price can recall the car her father, Jerry, bought has been a part of the family.  Her father purchased the Impala on April 2, 1965 at the Griffen Chevrolet dealership on East Jefferson Street in Monroe, North Carolina.

Beside Corvair models and Corvettes Chevrolet that year was offering Chevy II, Chevelle, Malibu, Biscayne, Bel Air and Impala models.

 

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Thursday
Jun302016

1964 Chrysler 300

By Vern Parker

The original owner of John Cramer's 1964 Chrysler 300 died two years after purchasing the four-door hardtop sedan.  The second owner took possession of the car in 1966 and took extremely good care of  it for the next 40 years.

When the second owner decided to put the car on the market it came at the time when John Cramer was interested in acquiring an antique car.

With the seller in Pennsylvania and the prospective buyer in Virginia the two exchanged information and photographs of the car and decided to do the deal if the car was as advertised.

Cramer enlisted the help of his son, Harry, to accompany him on the 220-mile trip to inspect the Chrysler.  After driving the car around the block Cramer was convinced that this was the car for him.  He became the third owner of the Chrysler in October 2011.

 

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Wednesday
Jun222016

1954 Cadillac Convertible

By Vern Parker

A new 1954 Cadillac convertible coupe was sold at the Alvin T. Fuller Cadillac/Oldsmobile dealership in Boston, Massachusetts 62 years ago.

After long and faithful service the car was sold to the second owner who took it home to eastern Pennsylvania with the idea of restoration.

The restoration dream was commenced but never realized, however, it was relatively well protected in a garage for 20 years.  The second owner had begun to disassemble the Cadillac carefully identifying each part.

In the spring of 2011 Randy Edison saw the car for sale.  It was in countless pieces but nevertheless Edison was attracted to the car even in that condition.  He became the third owner but did not take delivery of all the various pieces until the autumn of 2014.  A year later his car was in a restoration shop in order to return the 4,600-pound convertible to like new condition.

 

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Monday
Jun062016

1988 Ford 150 Lariat

By Vern Parker

Because the winter of 2015/2016 was so unusually mild Steve Kerley and his wife, Robin took occasional walks through their Stafford, Virginia neighborhood.  On one such walk just a few blocks from their home they saw a 1988 Ford F-150 Lariat pickup parked on the street with a "For Sale" sign in the window.  At the time Kerley was not in the market for any vehicle, let alone an antique pickup.  However, the truck appeared to be in such remarkable condition that he not only gave it a thorough once over but inquired at the house near where the Ford was parked.

From the seller he learned that the Ford was a one owner vehicle that had been well cared for until recently.  The seller had recently purchased the truck with the idea of a father/son restoration project.  Evidently the son did not share that vision so the truck was being offered for sale.

"It looked pretty good and ran," Kerley says.  He and his wife went home to ponder whether they really needed an old truck even if it was in excellent condition.

Their question was quickly answered in the affirmative.  So on January 15, 2016 Kerley returned, purchased the truck and drove it home.

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Friday
Jun032016

1951 Nash-Healey

By Vern Parker

The sporty roadster that carried the Nash-Healey name had an unlikely genesis.  A chance meeting of Charles Nash and Donald Healey found the two men had a lot in common.

In 1951 a Nash-Healey roadster was introduced.  It featured a British Healey aluminum body with an overhead valve six-cylinder Nash engine.

Without the financial backing of automotive giants such as  General Motors or Ford costs were shaved wherever possible.  The grille was lifted right off the Nash Airflyte sedan assemble line.

Now Reggie Nash claims no relationship to Charles Nash other than the name they share.  However, the rare Nash-Healey sports car has long held an attraction for him.  He says that only 104 were manufactured.

Forture smiled on Nash in 1978 when he found one for sale in Kansas City.  Records indicate the car, originally painted black had been assembled in December of 1950.  It was the fifth one off the line.

 

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