As told by Brad Bean #21818562 • Miramar Beach, FL
My love affair with the 1957 Chevrolet started in 1959 at age 6, when my older brother bought a 210 and painted it candy apple red. With a mother who worked evenings and a sister at college, my brother was often asked to babysit me – which occasionally included cruising our hometown in his ’57.
One early November evening, he decided to test a freshly-resurfaced red clay road. I took my place, perched in the front seat aside my big brother. He hit the gas, fishtailing from side to side, then losing control and sliding into a large pile of dirt by the side of the road. As few 1957s had seatbelts, I flew headlong into the dash. I still have memories of the radium dial and hands on the car’s rectangular dash clock as we met. The car stalled in the dark with the only light coming from the dash gauges. My brother’s first instinct was to check on me. In the dim light he could see dark liquid with small white pieces coming from my mouth. He feared the worst, but quickly discovered it was actually Halloween candy corn that I’d been eating. He warned me if I told anyone about this our mother wouldn’t let me ride with him again. It was years before either of us spoke of the incident. (more…)
We could have called this issue of Chevy Classics the “Winners Circle”, in that we have several pages of winners from both the 2013 Orlando Winter National Show and the 2012 Gambler Classic River Run Show. We know how much our readers like to look through the winner’s photos, hoping to see their car or a buddy’s ride. You’ll enjoy the coverage of this year’s Winter National Show. (more…)
Recently, I was privileged to study and photograph a 4,800 mile 1955 “210” 4-door sedan. Steve Perry of Bentonville, AR purchased this car and shipped it to Florida for Eckler’s 2013 Winter National event. I am grateful to Steve for allowing me complete access to his Cashmere Blue and India Ivory Chevy for over an hour. It is truly one of the least touched and original cars I have seen in the last 35 years. With the VIN (55K076884), I was able to calculate, almost to the day, when this 4-door sedan was assembled at the Kansas City plant. During the month of May in 1955, KC assembled 10,791 cars, which works out to 514 cars per production day. With that information and the 1955 calendar, I calculated the car was built on Thursday, May 12. It might have been built on Wednesday the 11th or Friday the 13th. Oouch!! (See my comments for Photo #9.) All in all, this gem is a beauty to behold. My thanks to Steve for sharing this car with us.
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