1961 Chrysler 300 G Sports Coupe
My mom and stepdad made the purchase of this
car in 1961. They drove the car (putting on some
61,000 miles) until they decided to put it up on blocks
in their garage after the purchase of a new vehicle.
There it sat for the next three-plus decades, until, in
2003, we pulled it out into the light. Five months later
her restoration began.
We still have the original window sticker, the 1961
Chrysler brochures, the salesman’s card, the pen used
to sign the original contract, the original keys, even the
original license plate holder, and so much more.
Both mom and dad have passed on, but the “Black
Beauty” and their memories live on.
Michael O’Lear • Carson City, Nevada
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1954 Ford Business Coupe
In 1967, while my dad, Ed Johnson, was still in West
Seattle High School, he purchased a 1954 Ford Business
Coupe for $900. My mom and dad were dating
when he bought the car.
Through hard times they
thought of selling it, but 48
years later they are still
married and they still have
the car. Dad has instilled in
my brother and me the
love of old cars and is now
passing that love to his two
grandchildren. Now that
he is retired from the King
Sheriff’s Department, he
travels over the United States
showing his beloved car.
1959 Buick Electra
h i St
I purchased the ’ 59 Electra new and have
now owned it for over 54 years. I fell in love
with it at first sight and, I must say, I still feel
the same way after all these years. The ’ 59
Electra is truly a luxury car. It has almost all the
options available at that time, including factory
air conditioning. It has a 325 hp engine and 445
pounds of torque with the smooth twin-turbine
Dynaflow transmission. Some years later I was
in the process of replacing the oil pan gasket
and was overtaken by “might as wells.” It is
now restored to original factory condition and is
more perfect than the day it left the factory.
Rolland Toenges • Edina, Minnesota