This is the love story between a woman and her car. It has thrived for decades and shows no signs of slowing down.
Who is this lady who may hold the record for the longest single person ownership of a ’57 Chevy, at least outside of Cuba?
Once there, a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air caught her eye. There she traded her old car, plus $2,250 dollars for a salesman’s demo 1957 Chevy with 4,239 miles on it. She hasn’t driven a single other car since then.
60 years ago, this Chevy was the top of the line car, since it had power brakes, power steering and a four-barrel carburetor fed the hungry V-8 engine that was the standard at the time for a luxury vehicle.
One thing that undoubtedly helped preserve the engine was oil changes every thousand miles. (In those days, a lube and oil change was standard every 2,000 miles.) In its nearly one hundred and nineteen thousand miles – slightly less than 2,000 miles a year- the engine has never had a major repair.When asked about the pleasure of driving, she refers neither to the sound and feel of the 4 barrel, 283 cubic inch V8, nor to the presumably deep satisfaction of a long-term relationship between human and machine, but once again to the people smiling and giving her the thumbs up. She says “It’s like having my own car show on the street!”