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Automotive > My First Wheels ...

My First Wheels ...


My first set of wheels was a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 Hardtop, two-tone aqua blue and cream white. It wasn't a "Low Rider" but I tricked it up with fender skirts like this one, a driver-side spotlight, the windshield visor and one of those steering wheel spinners. Just like the one shown. I got it for about $650 in my Junior high school year when my parents moved to another town and I stayed at my Grandmother's house to finish school with my classmates. I joined the army two years later and gave the car to my parents. They sold it and bought new carpeting for their new home in Sandusky OH.

I put dual exhausts on it, as it was a V-8 and had those beautiful wide whitewall tires.

posted on Jan 12, 2013 5:41 AM ()


I learned to drive in a date's 1935 Ford. No auto transmission. I learned how to recognize all the cars of the 40s/50s/60s before all of them started to look alike except maybe for a logo. I'm sorry your parents sold your car -- it would be a collector's item today.
comment by tealstar on July 20, 2013 10:54 AM ()
I remember those BelAirs. Did you roll your tee shirt sleeves up over your cigarette pack?
comment by boots586 on Jan 29, 2013 6:30 AM ()
Oh, my gosh! What a beauty. Thanks for sharing this with us, I can picture you tooling around town with your elbow resting on the window frame. We were talking the other day about how we miss those side window vents - you could direct the air stream into your face, and they were handy when the keys were locked in the car, as long as the latch wasn't closed.
comment by troutbend on Jan 18, 2013 10:40 AM ()
Great old cars. I had a few oldies too!
comment by dragonflyby on Jan 16, 2013 1:29 PM ()
comment by zeeee on Jan 15, 2013 6:43 PM ()
I saw one just like the one I had,out in LA in the late 1970s. The car was owned by an Hispanic-American low-rider and it had the Virgin of Guadaloupe painted on the hood. LOL
comment by jondude on Jan 15, 2013 9:32 AM ()
The one in the photo is a two-door, was it called a "coupe"? Was yours 2 or 4 doors?
comment by catdancer on Jan 13, 2013 4:10 PM ()
reply by jondude on Jan 15, 2013 9:30 AM ()
was a very classy car in their day and collectors items today , we see quite a few at vintage and vetyeren rallies
Motorcycles became my forte after my morris cowley sports 2 seater
comment by kevinshere on Jan 12, 2013 3:32 PM ()
comment by marta on Jan 12, 2013 10:57 AM ()
It is a beauty. I always wanted a 59 cadillac convertible with the tail
fins in pink and I still do.
comment by elderjane on Jan 12, 2013 8:20 AM ()
What an awesome car. I love the look of classic cars because they had so much more characters than most of the cars we have today, which generally, all look alike.

I learned to drive with my mom's car, which became my car. It was a 1982 Ford Mustang. I miss that car, which I unoriginially dubbed Sally.
comment by trekbrarian on Jan 12, 2013 8:09 AM ()
I learned to drive in one of those butterscotch colored '54 Chevys.
comment by steve on Jan 12, 2013 7:57 AM ()

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