Wednesday
Apr122017

1939 Plymouth Coupe

By Vern Parker

While growing up in southeastern Ohio during the late 1940s and early 1950s Jerry Norris learned a lot about old cars from his father.

"My dad and his friends were driving Super and Modified Stock cars," Norris remembers.  The favored cars they would soup-up for racing were coupes from the 1930s, a fact not lost on young Norris.

"I always had it in the back of my mind to own my own 1930s Coupe someday," Norris says.  He was not shy about wanting  such a car with others.  In the spring of 1978 the long search ended when he was tipped off about a 1939 Plymouth coupe near his home in California.

After purchasing the car he nursed it home and began taking inventory.

 

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Wednesday
Mar292017

1967 Mercury Cougar

By Vern Parker

Following the success of the Mustang, Ford quickly moved to produce an upscale version for Mercury dealers.  The new car was named Cougar.

The 1967 Mercury Cougar was offered in three flavors, XR-7 hardtop coupe, GT hardtop coupe and the most popular model, the hardtop coupe with a base price of $2,851.

More than 150,000 Cougars were produced for the 1967 model year.  One of them ended up in the hands of Mark Ogles, at the time, a high school junior in Alabama.  By the time he got the car it was 15 years old.

Ogles reports his father found the car for him in an Athens, Alabama junk yard.  The price was $400.

After it was towed home father and son began taking it apart so they could reassemble it in better condition.

Eventually that car was sold but Ogles' first love was not forgotten.

In 2003 Ogles' father came to the rescue once more.  Not far from his Huntsville, Alabama home a 1967 Mercury Cougar wearing a for sale sign was spotted parked in the owner's front yard.

The price of this Cougar was $500.

 

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Tuesday
Feb212017

1985 Buick Riviera Convertible

By Vern Parker

The speedometer on Paul Puff's 1985 Buick can register speeds up to 85 miles per hour.  Despite that instrument, Puff says, "this car has never seen 85."

Puff explains that his Buick Riviera convertible did not start out that way.  He says Buick only manufactured Riviera coupes in 1985.  However, due to the insistence of a small number of customers a few coupes were sent to a custom body shop for a professional transformation into convertibles.

Where Puff's Riviera spent the first ten years is a mystery.  What is known is that the front-wheel-drive Buick was never abused.

In the summer of 1995 Puff learned that the Buick was being sold.  When he found that the car had been driven an average of only about 7,000 miles annually he quickly bought the luxurious convertible in Maryland and had it delivered to his Centreville, Virginia home.

 

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Tuesday
Feb212017

1968 Plymouth Barracuda S 340

By Vern Parker

A military officer in Manhattan Beach, California purchased a new Plymouth Barracuda in 1968.  For more than a decade he enjoyed his sporty car.

By 1979 he and his car had moved to Virginia where the car was parked on the front yard of his Dale City home with a for sale sign in the window.

At that time young Tim Minor was fresh out of high school and had been looking for a sporty, muscular car with style.  He saw that the Barracuda fulfilled all of his requirements and he quickly became the second owner of the car.

 

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Thursday
Jan122017

1950 MG TD

By Vern Parker

Many American servicemen who were stationed in Europe after World War II became enamored of the British built MG sports cars.

Records indicate that an American airman stationed in Germany ordered a 1949 MG TC.  While anxiously awaiting his new car he was informed that 1949 production had ended.  He was then offered a 1950 right hand drive MG TD that had initially been built for the British market.

That deal appealed to the American who then took the sports car with him to his various assignments around the world until he retired.

 

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