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|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!
1946 WD-21 Dodge
Flatbed, Kelly Williams
Blackhills, SD., Mt Rushmore
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
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
Bill Semenuk Annapolis,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Chrysler Windsor sedan in almost mint condition.
This is my first classic car....I'm pretty proud of her.
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.
Windsor Convertible, John Baker
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
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.
Custom Royal Lancer
Thord och Carina Liljekvist, Floda,
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 ,
AAA Challenger T/A
1970 AAR Cuda
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.
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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