Cars - Tom Jewett Photography

1939 Chevy

The first car I owned (in 1958, still with a learner's permit) was a black, totally trashed, one of these that I bought from a high school friend for $75. Repainted it with spray cans from the hardware store. It had a very strange vacuum-assist on the gear shift, which meant that when the engine didn't start (most of the time) I'd better be stopped in the right gear to get a push-start. Friends' parents also didn't appreciate the oil leaks all over their driveways. Traded for the '53 less than a year later.