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If You’re Into Vintage Cars, Perhaps Your Grandparents Deserve Some Credit

Posted September 13, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Advertisement classic auto sales

On the same day that I’m writing this, August 31, 2016, my grandmother, Jean, is celebrating her 96th birthday – a milestone to be sure. And of course it got me thinking about many things, but then my thoughts turned to cars…typical.

People often reminisce about how cars their parents owned influenced their tastes when they reached driving age. I include myself in that group, as my parents owned plenty that I wish we still had to this day. The list includes a Burgundy 1965 GTO, Nassau Blue 1969 4-4-2 convertible, Mayfair Maize 1965 Le Mans, Barrier Blue 1966 Le Mans, a Scarlet Red 1968 Cutlass S convertible and a yellow 1970 Cutlass Supreme with a black vinyl top. Sure there were tamer rides, like a few Comets and Corvairs that I still recall warm-heartedly as well, but the quicker, flashier models come more readily to mind.

My parents’ generation isn’t where the interesting car choices began and ended, however. Since they were young when I was born, I was lucky enough to have both sets of grandparents until I neared my 30s. They also owned some great cars over the years, and I still remember them well.

After all, these are the people who were buying the cars classic manufacturers were making.

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