Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1971 Chevelle SS 454 with rock crusher 4-speed and cowl induction. This was my only entry into the muscle car world, and purchased brand new in 1971 from Ed Kohar, who was the sales manager at Port Arthur motors in February of 1971. It was in the days when you ordered your car and received it a few months later. The Chevrolet dealership never stocked the SS cars at that time. Mine came in about April 20th back in 1971. I tried to get a 1970 first as GM was already starting to de-tune the big blocks by then but couldn't and had to settle for this one(She was a beauty). I told them to order exactly what was on the center spread of the brochure and they did. I traded in my 1967 Chevy Impala 327 and paid $2500. difference. The full sticker price on it was only $5150. so I thought I got a pretty good deal and I had just received a raise.
The left photo(all of us on a camping trip with NOT our Sunday best on) is my wife of 5 years far left, the skinny dorky guy second is me(holy cow...about 140 lbs soaking wet), then my sister-in-law Phoebe(nice name) and my brother-in-law Freddy. We hauled a travel trailer all over the country like it wasn't even behind the car. The second photo was taken on a trip to my wife's home town in Hastings, Nebraska, with me on the other side, her just getting out and her cousin Dave far right.
I sold the car 3 years later 'cause gas had gone to .70 cents a gallon and we had a new baby boy. It was in mint condition with only about 26,000 miles and went for $3100. Was I nuts or what!! What do you think I bought next??? You guessed it...A family man vehicle Chevy Van....LOL
Thanks for looking and click on the pictures to enlarge(don't laugh too much at the skinny guy!)