So I’m tooling around on my bicycle in Southern Oregon. The sun is shining and it’s 88 degrees according to my phone, 92 on an actual thermometer — in May! The sudden sight of a classic car makes me lean the bike against a pole and take a closer look.
If you’re expecting some kind of story here, sorry, no such luck. It’s just that to me, the design of cars of a certain vintage deserves a moment of reflection and appreciation.
You can look at gussied-up Chevrolet coupes from the 1930s on the Internet, all shiny, bright red or even purple. But it’s more of a treat to see the real thing, more or less original, not in perfect shape, though apparently in running order, and elegant in its classic lines.
Online, a fully restored ’38 Chevy coupe may be bought for around $30,000. The ones I happened to see advertised were $34,900 and $24,900, respectively. This one, parked on a street in Jacksonville, had no for-sale sign that I could see. I guess the owner likes his automotive treasure and wants to hang on to it. And I can see why. (hh)