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Posted By: John Kuvakas Moderator
Posted On: Tuesday February 5, 2019 at 8:51 AM
 
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I was five years old...
My mom had a beauty parlor my dad built by enclosing our back porch. She was always busy on Saturday mornings. One Summer day, one of her customers pulled up in a pink '56 Imperial with a white top. I was already smitten by anything on four wheels and this one blew my mind. The driver, a really great guy I got to know over the years, got out and began to show me all around the car. The interior was as beautiful and plush as anything I had ever seen. While we sat on our front stoop, he told me the car rode so smooth you could probably drive over the curb and not know it! That was all I needed to hear. I wanted that car!

The great irony is I never got to take a ride in the car. The next year, he had a Lincoln, then a Cadillac, then another Cadillac. They were all stunningly beautiful and he always would take the time to show them to me and talk about them. But, we never went anywhere. To my young mind, it was curious. It was not until I got older that I realized that he was, in a way, respecting me and my folks by not driving off with me in the front seat.

Great cars driven by a good man!

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Your car history by Alan Dinsmore #40662
Pic: Not thoughts but actual cars. 1948 Dodge Custom, 1950 Austin A-40. I was 15 to 18 years old. by Bruce Parsons #40662.1
1954 Cadillac, it was my grandfather's car & I was 11 years old. (EOM) by George Burgess #40662.1.1
PIC: I don't think that car ownership worked out quite like that for me. by Bruce Gibbins #40662.1.2
The first new car I drooled over was the 56 Mercury Montclair. Never ended up with one. (EOM) by Bruce Parsons #40662.1.2.1
Agree with this one.....awesome car! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.1.2.1.1
How old is the car in the pic Bruce? It looks in great shape! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.1.2.2
The pic was snapped in 1967, Jack. So the car was 31 years old at the time. by Bruce Gibbins #40662.1.2.2.1
Amazing condition for its age. Wonder if it survived? (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.1.2.2.1.1
The A40 - that's a British car and a long way from home, Bruce. Do you know its story? (EOM) by Bruce Gibbins #40662.1.3
I was five years old... by John Kuvakas #40662.2Moderator
Loved your thoughts John. It's nice to remember folks who took time by Bob Jackman #40662.2.1
You are so right about the importance of such people who take the by Jack Dodds #40662.2.1.1
People who take the time by Alan Dinsmore #40662.2.1.1.1
My gosh...imagine trading in a stunning '56 Imperial for a '58 Lincoln !!!! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.2.2
My uncle had a '47 Windsor. I was impressed with the dash and parking brake. My 1st true love..... by John Bono #40662.3
47 Chrysler...jukebox grille.....and dash! The coupe was kinda cool. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.3.1
My first love (car) was a '40 Ford coupe. It was also my first real car. You've already seen the pic by Andy Sixsmith #40662.4
We forget stuff....show us the pic. Please. (EOM) by John Bono #40662.4.1
+1 (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.4.1.1
PIC - OK, you asked for it. by Andy Sixsmith #40662.4.1.1.1
Thanks! Sure wish I'd kept such pics. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.4.1.1.1.1
Thanks Andy.....a great pic. (EOM) by John Bono #40662.4.1.1.1.2
When I was a 8 or 9 I saw a photo of a 1959 Cadillac. When I was 36 I bought a Coupe de Ville. (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #40662.5
A Bantam like my folks. I honestly grew up thinking that a Bantam was normal and all the others by Dick Johnson #40662.6
1961 Imperial convertible. I was 5 when they came out. (EOM) by Ed Glorius #40662.7
I will never forget first seeing THOSE HEADLIGHTS! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.7.1
The first car I recall loving was at age 5. It was a blue and white '55 Bel-Air 2drht. by Jack Dodds #40662.8
PIC: '55 Chevy was my first car. It looked like this one..... by John Bono #40662.8.1
(PIC) 1949 Cadillac Club Coupe. Still my all time favorite classic automobile. by Al Dorado #40662.9
Hard to believe that, compared to others, this stunning design was done in 1949! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #40662.9.1
When I was a kid, my uncle drove a 1967 Buick Electra 225 sedan. I loved that car. by Miles Germain #40662.10
A Buick 225. That's a deuce and a quarter. (EOM) by Bruce Gibbins #40662.10.1




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