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‘‘My father liked big American cars and I’ve always had dreams of owning them.’’ Other family members, including his brother and nephew, also owned several classic American cars. ‘‘We’re all in the game.’’ He had owned his 1961 Chevrolet Impala for about five years. The convertible car was a pleasure to drive with the top down on a fine day, he said.
The car had its original red upholstery, a four-speed manual transmission and a 4.7-litre engine. Driving the classic car required ‘‘more concentration’’ than driving a modern car because its rims were narrower and it had its original drum brakes.
‘‘You’ve got to be careful but it’s comfortable and cruisy. It’s not a race car . . . it goes well though. It still gets along the road all right. ’’
For more stories on the Great USA Day see below:
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