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Old 10-01-2013, 03:45 PM
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One owner, '57 Chevy. Not for sale.

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Yeah, if you had a '57 Chevy, why didn't you keep it?

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Old 10-01-2013, 05:27 PM
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While not a 57 Chevy (and I've got a good story about one of those), my Mother's older brother had a car he bought new and kept.

I can remember the car , since, oh, well since I can remember. I remember riding in it in the fifties.

The car was purchased in July, 1955 and was an occasional car, secondary to the company car my Uncle had. It was actually titled in my Aunt's name, and she didn't use it frequently, living in a neighborhood that enabled them to walk to church, school, and stores.

By 1968, the car was getting old, and was replaced, but my Uncle liked the car and didn't sell it, rather stored it at the company.

For many years, whenever I came into town, I would be allowed to borrow it. My Uncle knew the car would return in better condition than it left...

In 1979, we used the car as our wedding car.

As the years wore on, I ended up with a standard greeting when seeing my Uncle: "You ready to sell the old Ford?" to which he would respond with: "I'm not done using it.".

Eventually, he became bedridden, but still would not entertain selling the car. A few years ago, he passed away and car became part of his estate.

I had always hoped maybe I'd get the car in the will, but no such luck.
In speaking with my cousins, I knew the car had been appraised and that the value was much more than I could afford, even if the car was offered to me. I expressed an interest and some dismay at the high price attached to the car.

A year or so later, after I had pretty much figured it wasn't meant to be, one of my cousins called me. He and I are close, and he asked me if I wanted the Ford. Of course I told him YES! His next question was how much could I afford to pay for the car. I demurred, not really wanting to state a figure so below the appraisal. He responded with a price that made my jaw drop. Well, of course I can afford that! My cousin felt that his Dad would want me to have to have the Ford, and that it was the right place for it to go. I later found out that he had bought it from the estate at appraised value and sold it to me. What a guy!

So, in 2010, I became only the second owner of a 49,000 mile 1955 Ford Sunliner convertible in white over red tutone and a black top. Wide whitewalls and white and red interior. Gads, sometimes I still cannot believe that car is in my shop.

Jim
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:33 PM
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To follow up on my Ford story....

While I'm not the original owner, I did buy this car when it was 10 years old with 27k miles from the original owner's estate, and have owned for more than 39 years..... Met wife in this car, got married with the Ford..

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Old 10-01-2013, 06:09 PM
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Yeah, if you had a '57 Chevy, why didn't you keep it?

Thanks for posting this.
I had one from 1972 until about 1985.
In thirteen years it never really got past being a teenager's hot rod.
It had a very solid,powerful drive train, a decent interior, but the exterior never really got the TLC it deserved.

Very fun vehicle with a million memories
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:24 PM
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Nice Story.

IBefore we go crazy, before we explode, There's something 'bout me, baby, you got to know, you got to know.
I get off on 57 Chevys; I get off on screamin guitars.
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did anyone catch the news story about a Nebraska Chevy dealer who every year kept his unsold vehicles? He put them up for auction recently..


Nebraska Town Holds Auction of Classic American Cars | Video - ABC News
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I can't think of the last time that I saw a '57 4-door hardtop. Has to be decades.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:06 PM
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My brother found my Dad's 1926 Dodge Brothers on Craigslist, and bought it.
It had been in a few movies.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:25 PM
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That was nice to see a woman that understands how to maintain a vehicle. I guess she had a couple gallons of coolant in her trunk in order to do a system flush soon.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:29 PM
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I can't think of the last time that I saw a '57 4-door hardtop. Has to be decades.
If that was a two door ragtop with those records, what would that be worth maybe fifty grand?
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:41 PM
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Looks like she has kept it all original. I'd guess she could get a good 40K pretty easily if she ever wanted to sell it.
What a sweet ride!
I have to wonder if it had a 283 or 265. Probably 283.
The "California" bumpers make it extra special.
Thanks for sharing
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:52 PM
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If that was a two door ragtop with those records, what would that be worth maybe fifty grand?
If you took it and set it on fire, then yes, I would say $50K once they put it out...
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:56 PM
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Looks like she has kept it all original. I'd guess she could get a good 40K pretty easily if she ever wanted to sell it.
What a sweet ride!
I have to wonder if it had a 283 or 265. Probably 283.
The "California" bumpers make it extra special.
Thanks for sharing
At 21 seconds in, you can see the gear indicator below the speedo which shows "Gr" as a selection after "D", so she sprang for the three-speed turboglide, which was the more expensive automatic available on the '57. I have to imagine that the car also has the 283.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:22 PM
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My thoughts as well
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:34 PM
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I can't think of the last time that I saw a '57 4-door hardtop. Has to be decades.
Twenty to twenty five years for me. Spare car for employees to use at sellars auto salvage in Tuscalloosa Alabama.

Talking about womens cars. Just offered an older womens 1999 Buick lesabre with 70k kilometers or about 40k miles. It is in really nice shape and 2,500.00. Not sure if I should bite or not. Has the 3.8 engine and leather upholstery. She got too old to drive and mentally deteriorated as well. Her son is disposing of it. I have no ideal of how many miles they run before becoming problematic..

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