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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Throwback Thursday: 1950?

I know I usually post old pictures on Throwback Thursday, but I received this series of pictures and the story on email yesterday and thought some of you would enjoy it.  I don't know if it is true, but the pictures certainly appear to be authentic.

437 Actual miles

They ARE still out there somewhere! ! ! 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe 437 original, actual miles, only 3 owners. Check out the dealer installed "oil filter" , the rusty carb, and you can even see the spark plugs if they need changed.

Purchased new by Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Trueblood of Modesto . Shortly after purchasing this car, Mr. Trueblood took a day off to go fishing. While waiting for the "big one" to bite he witnessed a woman fall out of her boat. Mr. Trueblood jumped in to help only to fall victim of a fatal heart attack. Mrs.. Trueblood returned the car home and placed it in the garage for the next 12 years. The odometer reading at that time (1962) was 413 miles.



Mrs. Trueblood lived next door to a used car lot owned by Mr. William E. Wilson (now 81 years old). Mr. Wilson spoke with her frequently and often told her he would like to buy the car for himself to keep. In 1962 the time had come. Mrs. Trueblood told Mr. Wilson she needed a car for her bookkeeper who didn't really care for the ol' Chevy and would prefer a Rambler. No problem. Mr. Wilson went down to the local Rambler dealer and bought a brand new one for $1,650.00 ($100.00 over cost) and made the swap.




He then took the car home and parked it with 433 actual miles. And there it sat for the next 45 years, occasionally being started and moved in and out of the garage. In 2007 Mr. Wilson decided to sell the car and started spreading the word around Modesto that the ol' Chevy with 433 miles on it was for sale. Many had heard about the car, but hardly anyone had ever laid eyes on it. In fact, according to Mr. Wilson he believes he only showed the car to about 5 people in 45 years. Word spread quickly about the car and soon a buyer arrived ready and willing to pay the $60,000 asking price. When Mr. Wilson told me the story of this car he complained heavily of the "capital gains" tax he was required to pay and wished he had never sold it. As of this writing, Mr. Wilson is still alive and well in Modesto and can verify the miles and originality of this car. Simply put, this is a true 100% factory original survivor (that includes the air in the tires). This ol' Chevy now has 437 original miles and is most likely the world's lowest mileage 1950 Chevy.









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22 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

what a cool story;) the car is beautiful, and the plaid seats... ;)

Unknown Mami said...

Great story!

My name is PJ. said...

Wow!!! Me likey. I collect vintage radios because I don't have the money or space to collect vintage cars...

glnroz said...

great story.. just 2 years ago i sold a 59 chevy pickup that i took my driving test in,(1954).. this makes me kind of "homesick" for Old Blue.. lol

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE the plaid seats and cool dashboard! What a great story, thanks for sharing it!

DJan said...

Not only the plaid seats, but there's not a seat belt in sight, which reminded me that we never had them back then, did we? Beautiful car, though! This is definitely a blast from the past.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

Very cool story - no seat belts and plaid seats - very 1950s! And I'll bet that big steering wheel made you really work for the turns!
Susan

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

She is beautiful! I hope I look that good when I'm over 50!

Oh wait! I am ---- and I don't!
Darn it!

Well, at least I don't dress in green plaid. (Not in public anyway.)

Heather said...

Wow! that is amazing. Thank you for sharing it and for stopping by my blog today!

lakeviewer said...

Great story! These cars are for collectors who like to tinker and do most of the work themselves. The rest of us, will take their word.

Sandra Annedore said...

Love the story :)

I am Harriet said...

Wonderful post. That car is beautiful!

Stopping by from SITS to say hello!
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Aleta said...

I love old vehicles and thought the story was neat too.

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: I thought it was pretty cool, too!

Mami! Glad you liked it.

PJ: I knew that your especially would enjoy it!

Glen: sorry to make you homesick for Old Blue!

Anythingfits: It certainly had style!

Djan: Yep! This was in the pre-seatbelt era!

Susan: I doubt that power steering had come into existence yet!

Sandy: I don't know--green plaid might go well with that red hair!

Heather: Glad to do it!

Rosaria: They aure are. Not too many mechanics around, I suspect, who would know what to do with these old beauties.

Sandra: Glad you liked it.

Heather: Back when cars had style!

Aleta: I knew there were old car lovers out there!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

It's beautiful! I love vintage cars. I wish you could still buy cars that looked like that but were modern under the hood. Today's cars have zero character. I'd like to have seen cars like that strutting their stuff down the high street.

Tam said...

What an awesome story! You have the best shares!

RennyBA's Terella said...

Woow, what a beauty and what interesting read - great pics to document too!

I'm a '52 model, so I know what I'm talking about!

Sorry I haven't been around lately: Work overload and busy watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver :-)

tattytiara said...

So, so, so very cool.

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LMJ said...

wow!! cool car!!!

Interesting story! I wonder if it's true!

The Retired One said...

AMAZING...
I probably have more miles on my snowblower! ha

gayle said...

That was a great story!! When I was a kid from time to time my dad or mom, not sure who, let my cousin and I play in the car. Can you see anyone doing that now a day:)