Myron Smith and his father each bought new 1959 Chevrolets — 55 years apart.
The elder Smith bought a new El Camino, and Myron bought one of the five unsold 1959 Chevrolet four-doors from the Lambrecht Collection auction on Sept. 28, 2013. Along with his father's El Camino, Myron has several other 1959 Chevrolets. Most of them have low miles, but none has as few miles as the 1959 Bel Air Sport Sedan that Myron bought last September. The low odometer reader of the Bel Air — just 2 miles — means the car is a time capsule of data on how General Motors built Chevrolet cars in 1959. Myron is using that information to make his other 1959 Chevrolets as correct as possible, and he shared that information with other 1959 Chevrolet owners in a feature story appearing in the July 10 issue of Old Cars Weekly, as well as here.
The following color detail shots were shot by Myron from under the chassis and hood of his "new" 1959 Bel Air while he was cleaning off five decades of neglect. He said the under side of the car was the most interesting. If you attend the 2014 Iola Old Car Show or the AACA Central Spring Meet in Lincoln, Neb., you'll see these features in person. If you can't make it to either, perhaps the following pictures will help your own restoration.