Category archives: My Classic Car

My Classic Car: Dan’s 1965 AMC Ambassador convertible

Long-distance searches finally led to his car | Dan Ostwick photos
Long-distance searches finally led to his car | Dan Ostwick photos

In the spring of 2014 I decided that it was time for a classic car. It had to be American Motors.

It was an easy decision. — 1965 Ambassador convertible. Nothing else would do.

Why? I started with AMC as a dealership mechanic in 1964. In 1968 I took a service manager position. Yes, AMC. In 1971 I took a parts manager position. Yes, AMC. Stayed in AMC  parts management to the end of AMC. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Michael’s 1932 Chevrolet 5-window coupe

Cruisin' | Michael Scott photos
Cruisin’ | Michael Scott photos

My dad bought this car in 1968 for $200 and drove it home sitting on a 5-gallon bucket for a seat.

He changed the engine to a 383 V8 and got it running and then I drove it to high school in 1975, my senior year.

After that we were going to do more work to it but life got in the way. My dad passed in 1992 and the car had been sitting for years. Continue reading

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