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Frank Siegmann’s ’55 Was His Entrée to Restoration I bought my first car in 1974: a ’55 Chevy convertible. Before I even knew what it was, I loved the style of the 1955 Chevy, especially the grill. Not knowing much about cars at the time, I thought it would be easy to build a hot rod. I figured it would be like building models, only on a larger scale. I graduated high school in 1975 and started an apprenticeship as a refrigeration mechanic, which kept car-building time to a minimum. I also began to realize that I had bought a