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Bradley - 66 Polara

1966 Dodge Polara John Bradley, Springfield, MO

My 1966 Dodge Polara was purchased at an antique auto club car corral in August of 2004 from an older gentleman who had inquired about my FORMER 1966 Chrysler Newport years before! I knew WHY he had once I saw the BOURBON BELLE! I so named it that because its original home was in Bourbon, Mo. I eyed the car enviously and chatted to the owner over the course of the three-day swap meet and car corral...debating the vices and virtues of purchasing it! Finally I went back on the LAST DAY of the meet with a classic car loving buddy of mine and when HE saw it he ribbed me and said that if I DIDN'T purchase, he'd have a tee made up that said I LIKE TO LOOK AT OLD CARS ONLY AND WON'T BUY lol. The car had the SAME options as my FORMER '66 Chrysler..WORKING factory air, icy cold and the AM RADIO still fired up! It had a newer non-stock paint color but the gent was a retired postal vehicle painter, so it wasn't too shabby at all! After crusing around the arena area as  my buddy chatted with the owner, a deal was cut and I took possession the following week! It's got a 383 V8, again as the Newport had, and Torqueflite indestructo transmission! The car runs smooth and pulls away from the pack at a light with no problems whatsoever! The black interior is pristine, and if it HAS been restored, it was done so with an eye to authenticity. It gets more and more notice as the years roll by, and yes it only cruises on bright sunny rain free days..ideally that is!  It sleeps in a covered garage where I wax and primp it off season. Aside from repacked front bearings, a new starter motor and a reproduction windshield washer fluid resevoir, it's been remarkably solid and strong! I grew up around Mopars as a child and it's truly in my blood. The Newport was purchased new from the dealer by my parents from my MOM'S father, retired from a livestock commission company. New Yorker and Imperial behemoths were common sights in the seventies in our garage! I agree with the assessment of a mechanic who first told this to my mother at the dealership..the Mopars of the mid-sixities seem esp. solid and trouble-free! But then Walter P. wouldn't have had it any other way, right? Mopars are good cars and the ones for me!
Williams

1946 WD-21 Dodge Flatbed, Kelly Williams
in Blackhills, SD., Mt Rushmore

 

1952 Plymouth Belvedere .  Julie Tronson

The exterior is finished but the interior is still under construction.  This is a family car that was purchased by my Great Aunt Theresa and she had it until she passed away.  My mother bought the car from the estate and I purchased the car from my mom and Dad. This car has been in our family for so long now and through so many family things that family (13 of us) called our selves the Belvederes.

I then decided about in 2002 to modify the car.  The car has such nice lines that it seems like not much was changed but I think it makes a nice statement.    The engine is now a V-8, automatic, with air, cruise, tilt and power steering and brakes, from a Plymouth Volare.

 The interior will sport bucket seats and a great sound system.  I have given the car a name that seems fitting given our Irish nature in our family.  It is "Lucky" and the theme is "Luck of the Irish".      

 

Bill Semenuk   Annapolis, MD   

Haile’s Parade Car               

I graduated in June 1965 and promptly sought to find “real wheels” as opposed to the “loaners” my Dad had saddled me with.   My “dream car” was a 1960 Dodge Polara 500 convertible – White with blue interior and every option available.  I had seen one delivered to Mrs. Fletcher and it made my heart throb.

The “new” car that I could “afford” was a Coronet 440 convertible with blue interior, 225 slant six and 3 on the tree. So I promptly “ordered” it.   Whether it was really ordered or not has been subject to debate over the years, as my Father was the local Dodge-Plymouth dealer. I was under “pressure” to like the new Charger, but I flat-out didn’t like the styling. 

One evening in August my Dad brings home a “Bright Red” Coronet 500 convertible with white vinyl buckets. My mother and Uncle decided that those “chastity seats” were just the right thing, and being under considerable pressure to “like” it – I eventually reluctantly did.

When the car arrived it was pre-announcement, and the lure of driving it prior to announcement day was too much for me.  It was serial 0009 in that VIN series and came equipped with Plymouth covers since the Coronet Wheel covers had not arrived yet.  I was soon to discover that the rain troughs were missing too, as evidenced by the 4 inches of water in the rear seat wells whenever it rained.  I always wondered what else didn’t make the build.

I added a CB, towing hitch, and an FM tuner, as Dodge did not offer one on the Coronet series. My mother insisted on seat belts in the rear OR I couldn’t drive “her” Grandchildren in the back seat with the top down!  The car should have been a chick magnet but in those days it was hard to compete with the TRI-power Goats. especially with a puny 318

Later in the year I transferred to Ethiopia, and the car came with me. It arrived in the port city of Massawa on a 128 degree Fahrenheit day. Opening the window vents resulted in a hot blast like that of an open oven door.  It climbed the 7500-foot mountain to Asmara effortlessly. Once there I modified it again with Fog lights so that I could negotiate the mountains in nightly fog. (Even though we were not allowed to travel after dark because of “bandits” and rebel freedom fighters.)  The last modification was sheet steel over the gas tank so that I could travel “at-speed” (60 mph) on the all gravel “highways”.

I took the car as far North and West as Keren, and as far south as Bahar Dar and to Tissibet (Blue Nile Falls) crossing the 10,000-foot Simien Mountains.  I never bothered to install the “high altitude” jets that my dad had thoughtfully ordered for me.

One day while at work, I was “summoned” to the Provost Marshal’s Office without explanation. I was introduced to the tallest Amhara I had ever seen, Grasmach Andem, the Ethiopian Minister of Transportation, who wanted to “buy” my car.  It was not an option to refuse, but I could at least cover my $ 2961 costs.  I believe they paid me in Ethiopian dollars, AND provided me with a pristine Land Rover until I could locate a replacement car.

 Three days later the car had been painted by the local Italian Garage with 3 coats of black paint and it was used as Haile Salassie’s parade car when he made his annual visit to Asmara (and the Kagnew Station Dental Clinic to work on his teeth).

When we withdrew from Asmara in 1971 I learned that “Haile’s Parade Car” was replaced with a white Mercedes convertible and my red car was given to the Fire Chief of Asmara

When Eritrea and Asmara gained their independence from Ethiopia I lost track of the car.  It could have been trucked to Addis Ababa before the rebels arrived, OR, it could have become “booty” for Eritrea.

In 2006 I located an identical 1966 Coronet 500 convertible in Lance Creek Wyoming and put a muffler and master cylinder in it and showed it at the Washington D.C.  Trolley Museum show last year.  I have additional “work” to do, but she is a faithful reminder of earlier days. She originated in Springfield Missouri and arrived in Casper passing through 3 owners, when a local Casper buyer found it at an auction.  It then passed to a friend in Wheatland Wyoming, was sold to another colorful Wheatland resident, and then arrived at the barn of a MOPAR lover in Lance Creek Wyoming, where I fell in love with it (reluctantly again). I trucked it here and did the minimum to return it to original shape. 


Mike Webb,          1931 Chrysler CM-6 

The car is a 1931 CM-6 business coupe ( no rumble seat ) with a six cylinder L head engine. It was originally purchased in Milwaukee, WI by a young couple, who sold it to a resort owner in Eagle River, WI, after they started a family and needed a bigger car. (They took it each year to Eagle River for vacation)  A school teacher from Rhinelander, WI bought it from the resort owner and restored it. I bought it from his wife after he passed on. I have restore it twice. It has seen many parades and charity functions and used annually by the local Chrysler Dealer for promotions. It is very dependable and a joy to drive. 1931 was a great year for Chrysler.

Guy S. Colorossi
Orting, WA

I purchased my car new and have over 357,000 miles on the original engine.  It is my daily driver.  This picture was taken in 2005 however this car looks as good today as when the picture was taken.   Currently, I am restoring a 1977 Chrysler Cordoba Crown T-top and have struggled to find parts for it.  It seems very few people are interested in saving this car.  I can?t tell you how many of these cars have gone to the wrecking yard and were immediately crushed or sent to a demolition derby.  

 

1965 Dodge Dart Convertible

Jerry Cowens
Louisville, KY

I purchased it in July 2005 from a lady (actually a preacher's wife) in Georgia.  She told me the car was originally sold in Georgia and that it had been there its entire life.  However, she didn't have any paperwork, etc. exept for a bill of sale dated 1996 in Summerville, GA.  The VIN number on the car is only 10 digits and I haven't had any luck in running it down to confirm the history.
 
It has a 225 slant six engine, single barrel carburetor.  The only things I had to do to it so far is have matching seat belts installed in the rear seats, replace all rubber engine mountings (dry rot) and have the carburetor replaced.  I do have a set of hubcaps I'm trying to restore...need to get those Corvette hubcaps off. 

 

1960 DeSoto Fireflite

 Sandy Edelstein, Palm Springs, CA.

This DeSoto Fireflite was purchased on February 19, 1960 by George Petricek at Marshall & Clampett Motors on Figueroa Street in Los Angeles and George promptly named it "Desi".  As this was George's first new car, he vowed to pamper and cherish it for as long as he lived.  Being a man of his word, George kept his Yuma Yellow dream car garaged and lovingly tended to for 40 years until his death at the age of 92 in 2000.  Even though he had stopped driving about 5 years earlier, neighbors would frequently see him cleaning and waxing his pride and joy.

When the car was sold in 2000 out of George's estate, it had just over 40,000 original miles.  Today the car not only has only 41,562 ORIGINAL miles, it also wears its original paint, chrome and interior.  The original antenna adjustment instruction tag still hangs from under the dashboard and the original jack instructions are still inside the trunk!  The car is ALL ORIGINAL!  And we intend to keep it that way - just as George would have wanted

 

 

 1951 Chrysler Windsor sedan in almost mint condition.

 

This is my first classic car....I'm pretty proud of her.

Thanks.

 

Roe Lepore

1929 DeSoto K 6 Phaeton

Arturo Newberger , Buenos Aires,  Argentina

 

                         

1942 Chrysler New Yorker Club Coupe,  

John Testa, Watertown, CT.

She is aka "Edna" which I have owned since 1992.  She has just undergone a 2 year restoration and is almost as good as new.
 

 

1956 Chrysler Windsor Convertible, John Baker 
Malabar Fl. 

I have lusted after a '56 Chrysler Convertible since I saw them in the Showroom floor at the local Chrysler Dealer.I was 17 at the time.
 I have owned  the Windsor, # W5637289 since Sept. of 1981, It is the 250 HP version with dual exhaust and a 4 barrel carburetor. I have heard that about 1050  Windsor Convertibles were produced.
  I bought it in Suffield, Conn. and drove it to Florida. Afterwards, it was off the road for about 17 years, having everything  done to it, that you can do on the frame . [ Some things just take time ] I can honestly say that there is no part of this car that has not been worked on.
 It is a Driver, I take it out about once a week.

1954 DeSoto Wagon

John Baker ,Malabar Fl. 

My last project was a 54 Desoto Wagon.I bought it with no Engine or Transmission. It now has a 440 with Torqueflight and a 323 Positration rear that Came out of a rusted down Plymouth Road runner.It has 4 wheel disc brakes. I tried to retain a stock appearance. I still have to do the wood inside the cargo area.

 

1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer 

Thord och Carina Liljekvist, Floda, Sweden

We got the opportunity to buy this the top of the line 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer 2-d HT in Tri-tone Heather rose, Jewell black and Sapphire white just recently. It's loaded with most options in the book, equipped with the 270 Super Red Ram Hemi, 2-speed PowerFlite, power steering and power brakes, Spinner wheel covers, Dual outside mirrors, Solex tinded glass, electric clock and Town and Country radio. The Custom medallions on the front fenders tell it's a late series built 27th July 1955.  The car was imported from Arizona to Sweden in the late 80s and was restored and have been and running in Sweden since 1990.

Gary Wiegand         , 

Pittsburgh           PA

1970 AAA Challenger T/A

 

 

 

Gary Wiegand, 

Pittsburgh           PA 

1970 AAR Cuda  

Dan & Jenny  King,  Tulsa, OK 

1948 Dodge D24 Deluxe sedan. 

I've had the car since 1987 and kept original parts wherever possible.  It still has the flathead six, fluid drive, oil bath air cleaner, etc.   The photos were taken in 2007 at Tulsa's unveiling of the "buried
Plymouth" event at the open car show.

 

Einar Olsen, Fredrikstad,  Norway     

1962 Chrysler Newport                       

361 cid V8 2 bbl carb 265 HP (4 bbl had 295 HP). I have owned this car since 1977. This is one of my favorite cars even though it's a 4 door sedan. I think the car's front is just as brutal as any 300 or other Chrysler Product. Except perhaps my '60 DeSoto front (lol).    This car was a gift to me from a good friend and former WPC Club member. He knew the car would get a good home, would be taken good care of, and that I would not sell it. The car is totally original except for a new layer of paint. The red inserts are of course my idea. The car has only 96K miles on it today. The original interior is also in very good condition with no cracks or tears.
 


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