Wednesday
Apr152015

1927 Case Touring Car

By Vern Parker

Farm equipment manufactured by the J. I. Case Co. of Racine, Wisconsin was well-known in rural America as the 20th Century began.

Case was not only a builder of threshing machines but also steam traction engines as well as agricultural tractors and other farm equipment.

As automobiles began to replace horses and buggies Case decided to cash in on the trend and offer a gasoline powered car in 1910. Case was already a trusted name and the network of dealers that sold Case farm equipment would also sell Case automobiles.

That was the plan.

 

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Friday
Apr102015

1966 Thunderbird Convertible

By Vern Parker

“My first car was a white 1966 Thunderbird coupe,” Gary Miller says. “That car got me through high school,” he recalls. Ever since those teenage days in upstate New York Miller has been attracted to 1966 Ford Thunderbirds.

By 1991 Miller's job had moved him to Virginia. It was there when he first saw a 1966 Thunderbird convertible parked behind a funeral parlor. The car never moved, he observed. Passing weeks turned into months and the car remained stationary.

An inquisitive Miller finally left a note with his telephone number under one of the windshield wiper blades.

Two months later he had forgotten about the car when he received a call inquiring if he wanted to buy the car. The caller was moving to Greece and was unloading most of his possessions, including the Thunderbird which then was 25 years old.

 

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Monday
Mar302015

1966 Ford Mustang

By Vern Parker

About six months after Fred Anderson retired he decided that he would look good behind the steering wheel of a vintage Chevrolet Camaro.

So while he was searching for an old Camaro his wife, Catherine, contacted Richard Porter, a family friend, and told him, “I want a Mustang.” The two conspired and soon Porter located a 1966 Mustang convertible for sale about an hour away in Front Royal, Virginia.

Porter took Anderson out to see the car and it was in such remarkably good condition a deal was done that day. Anderson purchased the Mustang in March 1998.

Although the odometer on the Mustang was nearing 150,000 miles the car had been well cared for and was exactly what Anderson's wife wanted. Once the Mustang was at Anderson's Woodbridge, Virginia home he realized that he could easily transform the Mustang into a show car.

 

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Saturday
Mar212015

1937 LaSalle Sport Coupe

By Vern Parker

In late May of 1937 a physician in South Royalton, Vermont purchased a stylish new 1937 LaSalle Sport Coupe.

The car he selected was the lowest priced LaSalle which was advertised with a base price of $995 and was one of 5,801 similar models manufactured.

General Motors created LaSalle as a “companion” car to Cadillac to fill a price gap that existed between Cadillac and Buick. The life of the LaSalle brand lasted 14 model years, from 1927 to 1940.

 

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Wednesday
Feb252015

1986 Chevrolet El Camino

By Vern Parker

In 1957 the powers that be at the Chevrolet division of General Motors witnessed the success that rival Ford was experiencing with their car/truck Ranchero and decided to respond with the Chevrolet El Camino.

The El Camino was a handsome passenger car styled vehicle with a pickup truck type bed with a tailgate.

The attractive El Camino was introduced in 1959 and proved to be popular with motorists wanting passenger car comfort along with the versatility of a pickup truck.

Years later the continuing appeal of an El Camino was not lost on Randy Denchfield, a roofing contractor in Maryland. Large trucks were necessary for large tasks, however, he found the El Camino ideal for tasks not needing an excessive amount of hauling capability.

Besides, he says, the El Camino looked cool and drove like a car. Consequently, he purchased a black El Camino and drove it for several years. He thoroughly enjoyed his El Camino but it seemed to be a magnet for other vehicles on the road.

After surviving a number of collisions and being totaled by his insurance company he reluctantly realized the time had come to replace his El Camino.

 

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