Monday, July 28, 2014

Seen Around Town...

It doesn't get much cooler than this:


1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. Spotted in the next town over on the way home from a WalMart run (and no, still no .22LR, still a 3-box limit, but they did have 5.56 NATO and LOTS of it...). The only way this picture could have been cooler would have been if the top had been down. It was a gorgeous night, but I'm guessing the '57 Chevy doesn't have a power roof and as such if you're just running across town it's probably more trouble than its worth...

Now, a little math. My dad was 15 years old when this car came out. I can't imagine being a teenager in the 1950s, with the Bel Air, the various and sundry Cadillacs, the Corvette, Thunderbird, 300C, etc. There were just so many awesome cars running around on the road, and gas was cheap and plentiful. Dad was in his early 20s as the displacement wars started heating up, too...

Flash forward to when I was 15, 1986. Think about the cars running around then, the Buick Grand National, Mustang GT, Toyota Supra. Still some pretty sweet cars. Now, my son is 13½, and while I don't see cars changing *that* much in the next year and a half, there are still some really sweet rides out there. Mustang, Challenger, Camaro - the "Big Three" all have their 'retro rods' out for the taking; however there's also great cars like the 370Z, S2000, WRX, etc. for the taking.

And I'm sure in 30 more years, my grandson will be ogling the current offerings in a similar manner...

That is all.

3 comments:

libertyman said...

I believe that is fuel injected, making it very rare.

Old NFO said...

Maybe, but he'll have to look at the nameplate to figure out what they are... Unlike the old days... :-)

Will said...

I'm pretty sure it has a power top. Mine was, and it was a six cylinder 3-on-the-tree car. Think it only had about 70k miles on it, and it burned more oil than gas. I put an oil pressure gauge in it, and when it started bouncing on zero, I would dump a gallon of reconstituted oil into the engine. (It came in gallon cans)

Mine was white, with red interior. Can't recall what color top, though. Got it in '69, and proceeded to put a broom through that top while brushing snow off it. Heater was non-functional at the time. Cold ride to school!

Within a year, I swapped in a much breathed-on big block that would yank the front wheels off the road when shifting into second gear.

The next buyer stripped out the complete driveline to put into his '55 sedan, and had a junkyard pick up the non-rolling carcass.

I paid $125 for the car. Paid a premium for a ragtop, as all the other 57's I bought in the late 60's went for $75. BTW, all were sixes.
I probably should have put that big engine into the '56 2dr Hardtop I bought from a friend later. I mostly bought it to get the Muncie 4spd for the '57. I gave that car to a junkyard. Think we drove it there. Just left the title in the glovebox, on a Sunday, when they were closed. That 283 was so worn out, when you turned off the ign, it wound down like an electric motor.

Virtually every vehicle I have owned has turned out to be a collectible of some sort. Didn't know it at the time, though!