Category archives: My Classic Car

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

My Classic Car: Derek and Dad’s 1964 Buick Skylark convertible

Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark
Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark

My Dad and I bought this in 1984. It was 20 years old and we were only the third owners.

The previous owner used this convertible as a truck. Therefore, there were three inches of pine bark in the back seat and four inches of pine bark in the trunk. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Orson’s 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle

Orson couldn't afford a real woodie, so he built his own
Orson couldn’t afford a real woodie, so he built his own

I always  wanted to own a woodie wagon but I never could afford one, I thought.

So I got the idea of using the next best thing — a Volkswagen bug. It had the running boards and outside fenders and look of the vehicles from the ‘40s. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Joe’s 1963 Chevrolet Corveette

Joe raced his '63 split-window against Motion's Joel Rosen
Joe raced his ’63 split-window against Motion’s Joel Rosen

I bought a split-window Chevrolet Corvette in 1963 from Freeport Chevy on Long Island, New York.

I raced Joel Rosen that summer at Islip Speedway. He had a ’63 split window also. “Motion” beat me and went on to win “Top Eliminator” against a ’63 Dodge Dart 413 just like in the Beach Boys song, “Shut Down.” Continue reading

My Classic Car: George’s 1964 Plymouth Barracuda

Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine
Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine

I got a text message from a buddy of mine in Bowman, North Dakota, and he asked me if I knew anybody that would be interested in a 1964 Plymouth Barracuda. Naturally, I asked for some more information about it.

Now this buddy of mine is in his late 50s and he said his mom had a friend that had a daughter that had a ’64 Barracuda and she needed to sell it. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Lou’s 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

'80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
’80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Back in the ’80s there was a TV series called Stingray that featured actor Nick Mancuso and a black C-2 Corvette coupe. I was so impressed seeing that Stingray that I promised myself someday I would own one like it.

Well, 30 years later, I found my dream car in California were it lived its entire life. I bought it from its second owner, who had done a body on restoration several years earlier. Continue reading