July 17, 2012
The Historic Vehicle Association is collecting stories and creating an oral history of the automobile within our collective culture for its This Car Matters movement. These stories are presented in two formats: videos the HVA films at various events, and photos submitted by members. Check out three new videos in the series right here, and see below for more information about how you can get involved.
Bruce Meyer and the first production AC Shelby Cobra.
Matt Klingler and a traditional hot rod.
Judge John North and one of 36 original supercharged cars.
All cars matter. I have a 1923 Ford T bucket. It is an extension of myself. Its not rare, its not worth a bundle, but it is mine. When I am gone I hope someone else enjoys it as much as I have. I congratulate HVA for this section, I hope to see it every time.
I own a 1962 Chevy II Nova and a 1972 Chevy Camaro that I restored to my specs. I enjoy driving them every time I can. These will not be sold, but handed on to my daughters. I hope they enjoy them as much as I do.
I like the comment from the gentleman with the Cobra. We simply are custodians of these vehicles. They will be passed on. My baby is a 1959 un-restored 356 Porsche Cabriolet. Keep this going so we can pay it forward.
Traverse City, MI
My car that matters? Maybe it's the '61 Chevy convertible that my Dad bought new....drove me to my first day of high school in...took me on a college tour in...that I and my brothers collided with various other cars. Still have it. Or the 1938 Buick Special 4-dr. that I bought in 1966. Still unrestored, except for the new rings i installed and the rebabbitted connecting rod. Or my 1986 Mustang GT with T-tops, still a pretty "summer car" that I bought slightly used in 1987. There's also a 1965 Olds Starfire that I talked my father into buying. I've paid a lot more for storage on that one over the years than it's worth, but it's too late to worry about that now.
As Dan says, all cars that you own matter, maybe not to others, but to you. I have a 1969 Chrysler 300 convertible that is original except for carpeting which has been replaced with new original carpet. I've owned it for 40 years and it will stay in the family. I also have a 1953 MG TD roadster that my great granddaughter loves. If she still wants it, it will go to her when she graduates.
MY car matters to me. I have a 1974 VW Super Sun Bug. I have had for 30 years. It is not worth a bunch of money but it is very nice 1 family, 2 owner car. I bought it from my sister. Her first new car. After an 8 year restoration it is a real looker and most do.
Somewhere in the great state of Florida
I agree with Dan from CA., "All cars matter". And I am with Randy from MO that the vehicles I currently own will be handed down, in my case to my three sons and will not be sold by me. I own and have owned some pretty cool cars and to me they all matter. They matter in a way that I can associate an event in my life with a car I had owned ... I think of friends I haven't seen in too many years who've been in those cars with me when we were "wasting" gas just driving around ... I think of the car cruise-ins I attended throughout the years, and at times, now, I find an excuse to stop off for a burger at a local burger place where car nuts gather. We are either car owners or car people. All cars matter.
I ordered my Falcon Sprint convertible new in June of 1963, I still own it today and it is a 30,000 original mile unrestored show car. It was a Special Order Triple Black Convertible with options that included a 4-speed manual transmission, AM radio and heater, tinted glass all around, 2 speed electric wipers, windshield washer, backup lights, white wall tires, and front seat belts. My falcon has been with me for 49 years and is part of my family and my life. My daughter, son, and grandchildren all had convertible rides very early in life. It is nice to know that my youth is just outside the family room door in my "Ford Country" garage with my three other Fords including my 1999 Mustang GT convertible with 40,000 original miles that I bought new from the same salesman that sold me the Sprint, but that’s another story.
Don T. Smith
Pleasant Grove, Al.
My car matters,yes it does. In 76 I had to have the ElCamino SS and I got it. Its a great vehicle and is more confortable than anything we own. If I had the space, I would still have every car I ever owned, includeing the ones I wrecked. I use to think that the ElCamino would be one of those vehicles that would evently become a collectors dream. Well if you live in the north, maybe - but in the south, every one seems to have one. The only problem I have is I'm slowly turning into Willie Nelson or Fred Sanford - four car garage and I'm still adding on.......all full of cars. And to Gary from CT - I had a 64 Sprint convertible and was probably the best car I ever owned.
My Dad was a car nut. Chevelles for my older brothers, a 75 Stingray convertable for my Mom, 37 Ford and various others were around for my early childhood. When he decided to find the right car to exemplify his own style and success, We test drove some incredible cars, BMW635Csi, Ferarri 308, 911 Carerra, and a ZR1. He chose a Jaguar XJSC V12, imported from Germany,and sent it to Lister for suspention and trim upgrades. As a Highschooler in 1987, his '86 Jag was a hot ride. Dad is long gone, but remembered every time i go into the garage, and to my teenage sons is THE hot ride. He gave me much more than a car, he helped me find a passion, and to me,my Jag is also a way to help my sons find that passion too.
N. Hollywood CA.
I agree that all cars matter. I guess it depends on the person, do you just drive your car from point a to b ? Or do you keep your "Baby" shined always, and enjoy every mile in it? My "Baby" is my '71 'Cuda that i've had for 20 years and I wouldn't ever think of selling it. Happy Motoring!
The one that matters most to me is my 73 Ranchero. I bought her from the widow of the man who bought her new, and she had sat in the backyard fading quietly for 5 years. After a year and a half she is still not done but much much better. Dad turned 70 this year and this is his first and last resto. He says to keep this one, this is the memory car. Will do. She's going on my honeymoon to Route 66 with us in September. The old girl inspired me to return to the 70's Fords I love, and now is joined in the stable by a 73 Ranchero Gt, 79 Ranchero 500, 78Cougar xr7, and a 76 Gran Torino Squire Wagon. My next ten years is booked.
A couple years ago, I purchased a 1942 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette off Craigslist. Low and behold, it's a 'blackout' model car, one of the last to come off the Flint, Michigan line before manufacturing turned its focus on the war effort. As far as I have been able to determine, the car was shipped to Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and was owned/operated by a high ranking officer until the oil pump went out and it was parked in a field. Despite a long road ahead for a close-as-possible to original restoration, this is the last remaining 1942 H-model 76S known to still exist. 1942 Buicks set a new standard in automotive design for their time with longer, lower, wider bodies; the start of slab sides; waterfall grills; and molded, aesthetic bumpers. My sexy Buick, with the 320, was one of the hottest in it's day, with the exception of only having one carb due to fuel rationing during the war!
Paul Gallo Jr.
Yes, all cars matter to someone. My wife and I own a 1966 Chevy Impala Convertible, which is very close to being all original. The car was originally bought by my Fathers sister in March of 1966.She drove the car for a couple of years after which my dad took possession in 1970. He had the car at his home in Nevada for many years, and in fact often drove it to California for a weekend jaunt. The car is now in Florida. My wife and I enjoy having taken possession, look forward to many more drives and one day handing it down to my son, and he handing it to his son.....
I've loved every car I've ever owned. Too many to count, but some more than others, like my '53 Ford Convertible which I customized (with lead) and added a 265ci '56 chevy engine. But, the only ones that I've kept is our '72 MGB which we bought in '74, was our daily driver for so many years and both of our kids learned to drive in it. It still has the cracked dash from when my son's saxophone case hit it one cold morning.It's full of special memories for all of us. I'll leave any restoration to my son. I still have a restored '58 MGA that I love to drive to this day. Bruce Myer is right; we're just custodians.
The car that matters to me. In 1968 I returned from Vietnam to the Oakland CA Army Processing Center. Just on the other side of a fence was an import lot with a long line of 1968 Triumph Tr-250's, I looked and looked and made note. In 2004 I found one that had been stored in boxes for 20+ years, I bought it, restored it to as close to original with some great improvments. It's now a weekend driver and a show car memory maker and I will enjoy it for a long as I can. Both of my son's will have to pry my fingers off the steering wheel when it comes time
I own a 1963 Buick Electra 225 2 dr hard top. I got the car from my aunt and uncle who bought it new. I had duel exhaust installed and repainted it, installed am AM FM radio and speakers other than that it is original with 73,000 miles. This car is special to me because it's been in the family so long. My personal favorite is a 1959 Chev Impala 2 dr hard top that I bought brand new, I don't have it now, wish I still did. I would love to have another one, I don't see them any more, even at car shows.
Fall River, MA
My old car, is not old, considering I got married in a "23" Nash touring, is a "66" Buick Riviera GS. It was bought in 1970 by my wife's grandfather. He loved that car, took care of it, but used it. When he passed on it sat for 13 years. When my mother-in-law finally decided that I could buy it I hoped it wasn't too late, it only had 47000 miles on it. It now has 60000 miles on it. Whenever we go out in my wife just smiles and says "Grampy will be proud".
Little Rock, AR
Fiirst, there is my unrestored 1939 Ford 2 dr sedan Deluxe that my father bought from the original owner in 1950 and I drove to college my Senior year. I still have it & it needs some work, but it is staying 'in the family". My other passion is for early model (1960-62) Valiants. I have owned five and I still have two plus a parts car. If I had room, I would probably have a dozen of them.
We've got my wife's 67 Mustang Convertible that she bought when it was 6 months old. Raised two kids in it and only replaced the carpet, front upholstery and dash. Rear seats are original. 289 with two barrel and 3 speed. 150,000 miles and never had a head off. Our other car is my 70 Ford Ranchero that was my college graduation present to myself. 429 CJ with GT package, bench seat, hidden headlights, shaker hood, traction lok rear end, black on black. 56,000 original miles. We took it to Mazatlan Mexico on our honeymoon in 1972, which by the way we're celebrating our 40th this weekend. We don't collect cars, we just buy nice ones and keep them.
The car that matters in my life is my 1976 Pontiac Trans Am. When I got home from H.S. graduation exercises back in 1976, I found this beautiful black/gold special edition parked in my driveway adorned with red ribbons. A gift from my Dad. I had wanted an AMC Pacer, and was a little dismayed with the Pontiac...my father was quick to inform me that someday I would thank him for his choice. Well, I held onto my Pontiac, always kept her original and garaged. Its been over 36 years, and although my Dad isn't here anymore, I am saying "thank you" to my Dad, who did make the right choice over the Pacer. She has won many awards and trophies in car shows and competitions. She really is a winner, as was my Dad....
Alton Bay, NH
1929 Ford Model A Tudor. This car matters. When I was 12 years old I went with my Dad when he bought it off a guy in Enfield CT. We had to haul it out of the woods after we cut down a tree that was growing through the middle of it. It looked like the most hopeless pile of rust. That was 1978. My Dad worked on that pile of rust for 27 years until he passed in '05. He completed all but the body work. I sold it to my Brother in law who had someone finish the restoration. When he decided to get rid of it, I got the feeling that my Dad was tapping me on the shoulder. I had to get it back and I'm so glad that I did. I love this car, my Wife and Kids love this car, and I know my Dad loves this car.
Ron & Gwen Lamore
It all started in September of 1973 when Ron bought his '68 Corvette convertible in Indiana & I bought a '69 Boss 302 in Michigan. Ten years later we ended up living up in the same apartment complex in Orlando and met. First date was a ride in the 'Vette, second was a car show with the Boss. Three years later we agreed that the cars would stay when kids came along, we got married and the cars became "ours". Two great kids and twenty years later we bought a '67 Camaro and added a lift in the garage. That was five years ago and now we're getting it ready to take on the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour. It's been a great summer having our son home from college to help put in an A/C and get the latest addition ready to go!
Fayetteville North Carolina
We must preserve our heritage and what better way than to love and maintain an old car! They are all great and they are all our history. As with today there were differant cars for differant folks! We all don't like the same thing , But we all can agree we love our cars! Whether it is a low buck driver or a multi million dollar rare beauty! Our car is the best car for us! You may not like it, But you do not have to love it or care for it! Everybody should have at least one classic car to love and maintain and to pass on to someone that will love it like we did! Happiness is driving a vintage car that you own!
i love old cars,currently have a 1968 impala convertible. CARS old classics are my favorite.
The car that matters to me is my '71 Plymouth Duster. I did 95% of the restoration myself in my garage. It's not trailer queen material and won't win any awards but I didn't do it for that. My first car was a '70 Duster and I have always wanted one again to do what I didn't do when I was 16. Now 33 years later I have fulfilled my dream and when the wife and I go cruzin' I'm 16 all over again!
My cars matter have 3 amc like them all
I very much injoyed your segment on americas first tall $/race car/sports cars.Myself I've had some from the 50s, but my real passion belongs to the 2 wheel means of transportation.Anything of yesterday , I'm impressed with because there was "NO" such thing as planned obsolescence.I refer to my old Harleys & Indians as my Dinosaurs. My oldest is a 1928 F head /J model.The engine was refered to as a popett valve. It had a side valve exhaust with over head intake.The 28 was first yr. 4 front break. Then it's my 37ULH 80ci/ 39 61ci knuckle head/1941 74ci knucklehead completely orig.unrestored.1946 Indian chief/49 Panhead.I gave my father in-law a 48 chief a while back. P/S I was hoping that the other auto way ahead of it's time, the short lived Tucker would have been brought up? O-well, were not able to remember every thing. Never the less, thanks for the history. sincerely "scruff"
My baby is a 68 mustang GT convertible that i've had my whole adult life,i'm 41.my 8 yr old daughter loves going for rides to the icecream shop and doesn't hesisate to let admirers know its her's.can't wait for the day i teach her to drive it.
All cars,motorcycles,helicopters,planes ,boats matter. I have 20% of the 70 some vehicles I've owned. I'm educating my daughter on the idiosyncrasies of driving and maintaining them for the next owner. Some crowd-pleasers are a 1950 Pontiac Streamliner,a 1968 Triumph Bonneville,a1969 Corvette. But my 1959 Fiat Bianchina always draws a crowd at a car show or in a parking lot. The lambo owners hate it because people cluster around this 2-cylinder 16HP wonder. But I love Lambos too, just can't afford one yet!