In The Beginning…

By Robert Snowden

These three words usually mark a very significant point in time; a time that can be looked back on as the start of something new. It was November 1980 and the first issue of Late Great Chevys was mailed to its 300 new members. At that time, virtually no one even knew what a Late Great Chevy was. It took nearly a decade for the term Late Great Chevy to become associated with 1958-1964 Chevrolet automobiles.

At that time the marquee 1955-1957 Classic Chevy Club International was growing by leaps and bounds. The thought was that there needed to be a club for later year Chevrolets, thus was born The Late Great Chevrolet Association, and its monthly magazine, Late Great Chevys. The growth of Late Great Chevys was much slower than that of the Classic Chevy Club. Back then most of these Chevys were still daily drivers. Very few people looked on these cars as “collectible.” Over the years, this attitude has changed and at last week’s Barrett Jackson Auction, I saw a 1962 Impala sell for $100,000.

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