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My ’57 dream

Posted June 25, 2014 in Community Featured, Bondurant
Glenn Waterhouse and his Tropical Turquoise 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Photo by Shelby Hagan.

Glenn Waterhouse and his Tropical Turquoise 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Photo by Shelby Hagan.

As I drive out into the beautiful countryside of Bondurant, the view is so peaceful to where you could easily lose track of time. I pull into the driveway of Glenn and Marilyn Waterhouse; there sit four classic cars all lined up ranging from 1935 to 1991. My first thought was, “This is a true, proud car guy.”

Glenn owns a 1964 Chevy Impala, 1935 Dodge Coupe, 1991 Chevy Corvette and a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. His dad bought the Impala brand new.

“It sat in a field for 15 years,”  Glenn says. He got the car in 1989 after his son didn’t want it, and had it fully restored by fall of 1990. He painted the car its original burgundy color, and put new wheels and tires on it. This car is very dear to Glenn’s heart and is a great memento of his late father.

He bought the 1935 Dodge in 1966 and put about $1,500 into it before selling it in 1974. He later saw it at the Goodguys Car Show, and his wife told him he needed to get that car back. The owner wanted $30,000. Glenn debated on it, and eventually bought the car back two years later for $25,000. He added air conditioning and has put about 4,000-5,000 miles on it since he’s owned it.

Glenn bought the 1991 white Corvette brand new. He thought this was the best way to spend his inheritance, and honor his dad after he passed away earlier that year. It has about 55,000 miles on it.

“I won’t sell this one, or the Impala — they will stay in the family,” he says.

We walk over to the Tropical Turquoise 1957 Chevy Bel Air. I walked around the car and read “MY57DRM” on the license plate. Glenn popped the trunk to show me a black and white picture of him in 1961 with his first 1957 Chevy Bel Air. He bought it for $1,553. He had been searching for that car ever since. He found a black hard top one at the Goodguys Car Show. He proceeded to show me the photo album of the process to have it redone.

“I put a lot of money into this car,” he says.

The car was dented, but luckily not rusted. The interior is all stock, while the tilt wheel and gauges are not. He popped the hood so I could see the all-chrome engine. He had shiny steel installed on the top of the hood so it can reflect the engine for a full viewing.

“I’m a keeper guy,” he says. “I guess my wife is, too; she’s kept me.”

Glenn loves his cars, but the one thing he loves more than that is his family.

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”

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