My first car was a ’55 Chevy Two-Ten Del Ray two-door sedan. It was green with a white roof and had the 265-CID Small-block V-8 and Powerglide automatic transmission. I got the car from my grandfather and did not really have it very long. I had seven flat tires the week I started driving it and the tires were not tubeless. My father and I had to bleed the brakes and our attempt at a valve adjustment was terrible. I attempted some custom fiberglass body work on the car and found out that wasn’t as easy as the car magazines made it sound. Eventually, the car wouldn’t run anymore and I sold it for $50. That was sometime in 1968 and I have always wanted another one since. A few years ago I spotted what looked like a real decent ’55 Chevy in an open garage in a small town. I took the address down and wrote a letter expressing interest in the car. I heard nothing back until last week, when a lady called me up to say she might be interes.Ted in selling the car. Naturally, I was very excited and couldn’t wait to see it today. What I saw was a very nice Bel Air four-door sedan with a solid green repaint, 103,000 original miles and a six-cylinder engine with Powerglide. It was almost the kind of car I wanted, but not quite. So I guess I’ll just have to put off my trip back to the future for a little while.
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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