Category archives: My Classic Car

My Classic Car: Richard’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette

Son is scheduled to take ownership next year  | Richard Simon photos
Son is scheduled to take ownership next year
| Richard Simon photos

I bought this car from my neighbor in 1972 as I saw her drive home in a new 1973 Corvette with automatic transmission. She got the 1964 Corvette as a high school graduation present and very rarely drove it as she did not enjoy a four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1970 Plymouth GTX

Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos
Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos

I bought this 1970 Plymouth GTX through ClassicCars.com in 2010. It meant something to me because in 1978 I had almost the identical car that was borrowed — without permission — by my then brother-in-law, only to find itself in a collision with a bus. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Phil’s 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III

Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos
Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos

My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.

I remember his first Mark III being a pale yellow with black interior and vinyl roof. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, which would have been 1970-71. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ron’s 1940 Ford Deluxe woodie wagon

Family seems to approve of the revisions | Ron Ayers photos
Family seems to approve of the revisions | Ron Ayers photos

All of the factory 1940 woodie wagons were four doors, but Jody Sauls of Cowboy Customs in Clinton, South Carolina, decided to make this one a two-door Ford.

I watched him while he was building it. I was in his shop one day and a pallet of lumber straight from the saw mill was setting on the floor. One month later, I went in and the body was built and in paint. Well, I said in paint. When Jody built the car, there was some differences in the color of the wood and Jody decided to stain the wood almost black and he painted the rest of the car black. Continue reading

My Classic Car: ML’s historic 1970 Mercury Cougar

1970 Mercury Cougar originally owned by civil rights pioneer Whitney Young Jr.
1970 Mercury Cougar originally owned by civil rights pioneer Whitney Young Jr.

This historic vehicle was purchased at a Barrett-Jackson Auction, where it was the Hagerty Fantasy Car Bid of the Day. Prior to purchase it was a one-family car. given to Whitney J. Young, Jr., civil rights leader and adviser to several presidents by the Ford Motor Company. Continue reading

My Classic Car: James’ 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Forty-seven years later, Jim and his Z28 are reunited
Forty-seven years later, Jim and his Z28 are reunited

Home at last after 47 years, the history of my 1969 Camaro Z28:

The ’69 Camaro Z28 was ordered by my then-girlfriend, who later became my wife, and the car came along with the deal.

The marriage situation changed a long time ago, but now the car has returned. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Roger’s niece’s 1980 Pontiac Firebird

No one drives this Firebird but its owner
No one drives this Firebird but its owner

My niece got her first car at 16, a used Pontiac Firebird that her dad bought for her birthday. Shortly after on a first trip to the city to see friends, her boyfriend stole the keys and took his buds for a ride. Long story short, end of car, broke up with boyfriend.

With insurance money and more she bought her second used Firebird, a 1980 and keep it until marriage and a daughter came along. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Babe’s 1962 Pontiac Catalina

1962 Pontiac Catalina had been owned by father-and-son barbers
1962 Pontiac Catalina had been owned by father-and-son barbers

This car is all original. This was a one-owner, father-and-son car that I purchased in 2005.

The car had been in storage in a building too small for a boat this size and was dented on the front fender. On the other side of the car was a coal pile and when the engine was started, coal dust would be sucked into the engine compartment and the interior. Continue reading