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An icky green, 1962 Chevy Bel Air was my first car.  

My step dad bought it for $400.00. And then sold it for $200.00 to a guy who drove it in a Demolition Derby!   The thing was massive, I could get 10 people in it, along with 5 lawn chairs in the trunk - for the Tuesday Night $5 Car Cram at the Drive In Theater.

I've been a fan of the Bel Air ever since. 

 

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An icky green, 1962 Chevy Bel Air was my first car.  

My step dad bought it for $400.00. And then sold it for $200.00 to a guy who drove it in a Demolition Derby!   The thing was massive, I could get 10 people in it, along with 5 lawn chairs in the trunk - for the Tuesday Night $5 Car Cram at the Drive In Theater.

I've been a fan of the Bel Air ever since. 

 

comments (15)

  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Feb 2018, 06:17
That's a big car for a little person, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was! I drove by sitting on the edge of the bench seat - My mom tried rolling up a blanket for me to sit on - but then I couldn't reach the pedals! smile
Wouah ....impressionnante voiture !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree, Claudine! Thank you!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 8 Feb 2018, 07:10
It looks have real style Elizabeth. Needless to say we don't have them over here in the UK
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed it do! smile No - wouldn't work over there!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Feb 2018, 07:25
Crikey! It sounds like the size of a truck - but then American cars of that era were. I bet lots of memories came flooding back when you saw this. So, you have plans to re-live your youth and to get another one?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was like driving a tuna boat! smile Great fun!
It would be fun to have one again... and it would be a car I can actually work on myself... smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Feb 2018, 07:29
a wonderful image! Is this a cabriolet with bel air?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Philine! This was a hard top - I don't think they came in cabriolet style
What we used to call a Yank Tank
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You can still call it that... smile
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 8 Feb 2018, 09:20
Wonderful...great way to get value at the drive-in.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was!!
For such a petite lady it is difficult to imagine you in a big motor like this, I'm beginning to suspect that back in those days you might have been what we call a 'petrolhead' these days, only of the female variety smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I had to sit on the edge of the bench seat to reach the petals! Probably not very safe - but great fun!
I suppose I would've been that... smile
When I live in Maryland for a year I had an enormous Oldsmobile Delmont 88 - my car back home would have fitted inside it. When I left a friend of mine sold it for me for $200 less than I'd paid, and I'd put about 20,000 miles on it!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh yeah - that's a big one, too! Wow!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 8 Feb 2018, 12:40
A cute story to go along with this great shot! I miss the days of simpler dashboards. smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I just miss being able to change the oil myself! I look under the hood of a car now and can't figure out where anything is! smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Feb 2018, 12:47
What a car! I've just been Googling pictures of one!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Beautiful, aren't they!
We had a '61 BelAire in a kind of iced blue green. We have a photo of me looking proud after washing it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh that must have been a prize!
that was a terrible colour Elizabeth... i remember it...
i got my license on my brother's 57 red Chevy with a black hard top... it looked good but not so great mechanically....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was awful wasn't it!
Ooooh a RED Chevy! I bet it was a beaut!
I am always amazed by the size of your cars, especially in the past they were much smaller, in that there would have been 3.
A wonderful interior...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Very RED! smile

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