NASA may have put man on the moon in 1969, but think about what Chevrolet did the decade before.
Somehow, the engineers at Chevrolet back in the 1950s taught their vehicles to literally “talk” to people.
Ask any classic Chevy owner, and you’ll understand that the rumble of those motors is still talking to them. They rumble and rattle running down the road, announcing to all within in earshot that something special is about to pass by.
“I’ve got two classics. One is a ’57 Chevy, and it’s my favorite,” says Terry Mittelstedter. “I like the way it sounds. The motor’s just got a really nice sound to it.”
Mittelstedter bought the 1957 Chevy Bel Air back in 1992, and, while the exterior was a little rough, the engine was mostly original and in good condition.
“It needed two new side glasses; the windows were broken out on the driver’s side and passenger’s side,” he recalls.
Mittelstedter also put on new chrome mirrors that he ordered out of California and new bumpers up front. The front grill was also refinished and a new grill plate featuring the Chevy emblem was installed.
“The engine was pretty much original, but I’m sure it’s been overhauled,” he says. “I really didn’t have to do anything; the motor was in good shape, the transmission was in good shape, and the radiator was in good shape.”
The Chevy had 110,000 miles on it when he bought it, and it’s gained another 60,000 miles in the intervening 22 years.
“I get it out and drive it about every other weekend in the summer,” he says.
The original black interior was already redone when Mittelstedter purchased the car. With four doors and plenty of room, it’s a comfortable ride. The exterior was originally yellow but had been repainted black by the time Mittelstedter took ownership, and he likes the look.
“I like the black with all the chrome,” Mittelstedter says.
His other classic, a 1956 Ford Fairlane, originally green, had also been painted black by the time Mittelstedter bought it in 1996.
Even his first car was a special ride. That was a 1969 Ford Thunderbird and, like so many men, he still misses that first one.
“It would be nice to have that one again,” he agrees.
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