So I was 20 years old and I had a new 59 Plymouth Belvedere. It was beautiful, bright shiny red, sparkling white vinyl top. Was I happy?
What did it take to make me happy?
First, it wasn’t the car I wanted, it wasn’t the beautiful bittersweet car with the 8 cylinder engine and the pushbutton transmission.
The beautiful red Belvedere with a 6 cylinder engine was so underpowered a 49 Ford could take me leaving a stop sign.
This was very important to a 20 year old.
About this time some of my friends were buying sports cars, one had a Jaguar XK140 convertible, another had a Karman Ghia.
What did I have ?
One weekend several of us went to the Road America sports car race in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. It was an unbelievable experience Jaguar introduced a new car, the XKSS. Briggs Cunningham was testing a new Osca, and a new class of race car the Formula Junior was introduced.
I was totally intoxicated by the roar of the engines and the smell of the nitromethane.On the return trip I made up my mind to get rid of the Plymouth.
I really wanted a 1959 Austin Healy 3000 MKlll but just couldn’t make it happen. Then I saw an MGA roadster, black, red leather, wire wheels with knock off hubs, beautiful.
I had to have it.
They were willing to take my 59 Plymouth in even trade for the 57 MGA.
I’m sure I lost out on the deal but I didn’t care. It was mine..
I didn’t even notice that the spare had most of the spokes broken and that the tires were worn badly.
I had a lot of fun with the MG I’m surprised I didn’t get more tickets or kill myself.
I kept the MG for less than a year because the clutch needed to be replaced. This was extremely expensive.
Bye bye MGA.
I may have been a sucker, but I sure had fun.
Did any of you have a sports car that you will never forget?
Write me let me hear what kind of cars you had. I love to talk about cars.