Monday
Jul222013

1968 Plymouth Barracuda

By Vern Parker

According to Jim Colville his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda was never sold as a new car. He surmises that his car may have been used as a demonstrator or perhaps as a salesman's car.

Records indicate that when it first was sold and registered in 1969 it had been driven 9,000 miles and was sold as a used car. As a new car the base price was $2,842.

During the next decade and a half the sleek Barracuda changed hands a few times before Colville saw that it was offered for sale in Rockville, Maryland. He bought it and drove it home to Virginia.

 

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Sunday
Jul142013

1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass

By Vern Parker

Early in 1977 Gary Sutherlin and his wife, Janet, decided to replace their 1971 Chevrolet Nova with a more substantial family car for her to drive their children to where children go in Endicott, New York.

In March the young couple went to Gardner Motors, an Oldsmobile dealership in Binghamton, N.Y. near their home and ordered a new 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass S colonade coupe.

They knew what they wanted and what they didn't want as well as what they could afford. Salesman Tommy Kost accommodated them and ordered an Oldsmobile with about two dozen options including:

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Tuesday
Jul092013

1956 Cadillac Sedan

By Vern Parker

Only the two-door hardtop models of the 1956 Cadillac sold at the dealerships went for less than the four-doors. Regardless, any Cadillac in 1956 was still a Cadillac which translated into desirability.

Records show that one of those 1956 four-door Cadillacs was sold to a man who lived in Flint, Michigan, about 30 miles from the factory where the car was assembled. The base price for the Cadillac, with few extras was $4,296. A total of 26,660 of the ten window sedans were manufactured.

The buyer was pleased with the hand-crank operated windows and the E-Z-Eye tinted glass. Upon taking ownership of the car a complete set of heavy duty plastic seat covers were installed.

 

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Monday
Jul082013

1972 Ford LTD Convertible

By Vern Parker

Convertibles have never occupied a high position on Ray Hummel's wish list. However, he did own one years ago when he was in high school. He recalls that, “I told myself I would never own one again.

Over the years since then he has bought several cars and trucks to “fix up” and offer some of them for sale.

In 2003, he says, his sun-loving wife, Jennifer, mentioned to him that it sure would be nice if one day he bought a convertible car for her.

Always eager to please, Hummel put aside his disdain for convertible cars and began shopping for a suitable convertible.

 

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Tuesday
Jul022013

1930 Plymouth

By Vern Parker

In the late 1920s Walter P. Chrysler was growing weary of watching Ford and Chevrolet dominate the low priced automobile market. He decided to compete with a line of affordable cars named Plymouth.

The staid, inexpensive competitor to Ford and Chevrolet debuted July 28, 1928 priced at $675.

The new Plymouth was a sales success and by 1930, despite the Great Depression, Plymouth sales were soaring. A 2,280-pound two-door sport roadster, one of 2,884 such roadsters manufactured sold for a base price of $610. A total of 76,950 were built from April 8, 1930 until June 8, 1931. Each one of the 14-foot, 1-inch-long cars rode on a 109-inch wheelbase.

“I've always liked cars,” Chris Lutz admits. In April, 2011, he learned of a 1930 Plymouth roadster for sale in Pennsylvania. He went to see the old Plymouth and was surprised to find it was in great condition. He trailered the Plymouth to his home in Manassas, Virginia.

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