Member’s Pride

The Story of Black Beauty

Sweden_134143How a childhood dream brought a ’57 Bel Air home to Norway

Owned by Stig A. Haugen #23758849, Trondheim, Norway

Story and photography by Stig A. Haugen

The original owner of Black Beauty, Mr. Anton L. Carlzon of Flint, Michigan, ordered the car the year he retired from General Motors. He followed it down the assembly line as it “got it all together”. Equipped with the 6-cylinder Blue Flame engine and a Powerglide transmission, the Bel Air 4-door sedan was sold via Summerfield Chevrolet in Flint, MI, on July 18, 1957. It bore the plate number KR1535.

Anton and his wife took good care of Black Beauty and drove it just 21,000 miles over the next 23 years – until 1980. The car had always been garage kept and was never driven in rain or snow. (more…)

Highway Star

aron_8623This ’69 Camaro RS got a complete makeover, rode the Hot Rod Power Tour, then scored Platinum. Not bad.

Owned by Rick Aron #16084089, Rogers, AR

Photography by Colin Date and Rick Aron

1969 Camaro RS owner Rick Aron was driving home from an afternoon cruise when he had to make a sudden stop. He quickly discovered that after driving the Camaro for several years, his drum brakes were due for an upgrade. His first call was to Rick’s Camaros for a front disc upgrade kit. While discussing this upgrade with his fellow Northwest Arkansas Camaro Club buddies, they also mused about the original engine and transmission that was showing signs of wear and tear. A buddy suggested rebuilding the engine as a club project. Finally, although the Camaro was appealing in silver with black stripes and a vinyl top, there were tell tale signs that the paint needed some attention too. That nasty moisture under the vinyl top had reared its ugly head and rust bubbles were starting to make an appearance. It was settled– time for a frame-up restoration. (more…)

It’s Only Original Once!

58-impala_8564This 1958 Impala Sport Coupe still fires using its OEM spark plugs.

Owned by Bill Picou #22096044, Patterson, LA

Photography by Colin Date

As a young teenager in the ’50s, my infatuation with cars started with our family’s 1952 Chevy 2-door hardtop. My father sold insurance, which meant the car was driven everyday, weather permitting. I would wash that Chevy every Saturday for church on Sunday. In 1956, my father bought a new Bel Air sedan. He refused to buy a Sport Coupe due to wind noise and water leakage.

The years went on and my love for Chevys grew. Our neighbor’s boyfriend would come in from out of town driving his red 1958 Impala, which he would let me wash– and I would make a hefty $2! This was in 1963. That year, my father bought a new Plymouth Satellite (my dad’s brother was now the new service manager at the local Chrysler Plymouth Dealership). I wanted him to buy a ’63 Impala, but it didn’t happen. I inherited the family ’56, which I drove until I went into the Navy in 1966. (more…)