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Classic cars bring back fond thoughts

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Be still, my heart, watching “Classic Car Auction” on TV and a beautiful 1950s Pontiac Bonneville convertible comes up for sale, along with various old coupes, Cadillacs, Lincolns, 1960s Chevy Chevelles, Camaros, T-birds, Firebirds, Ford Fairlanes and Galaxy 500s, and the unforgettable grilles of the Ford Edsel.

Such beauty and such style. Those cars were made to last. Each one so beautifully unique. I loved the look of my mom’s little 1950s Henry J. and my dad’s large 1950s Packard.

In the 1960s, my then-husband, Frank C., and I had a 1950 flathead Ford. I still remember when it stalled one day on us. Frank asked me if I had a ballpoint pen. He used the spring from my pen to fix the carburetor, and off we went down the road. Later, we got a 1965 2+2 Fastback Ford Mustang, his pride and joy.

On TV’s “Fast and Loud,” they buy beat-up classic cars and restore them to their original state. On “Counting Cars,” they also restore classic cars, but to perfection and sometimes give them a little extra muscle. They are like fine works of art. The beauty and diversity of those classic cars are really something one must appreciate.

I really miss the years I used to go to classic car shows. The shine of the chrome, the smell of the interior and the leather. I loved all that wood on the 1950s Ford Woodie.

It all takes you back to another time. Better yet, it puts a big smile on your face all day long.

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