My father had classic vehicles, but he didn't do much with them except keep them on the lot beside our house. He had the 1949 Chevy Fleetline Special that I now own. It was blue when I was growing up; I had it painted and restored to a more original look. He also owned the 1946 Chevy truck, and had used it as one of his first delivery trucks when he opened Kaufman's Furniture and Appliances. I remember riding in both of these vehicles.
I first fell for '69 GTOs when I was in Pawnee City, NE. I was driving around when I saw a burgundy '68 or '69 GTO drive by; it looked amazing with the hood scoops and hood tachometer--definitely a head turner.
All of my classic vehicles now have manual transmissions; from the four on the floor of the '46 to the three on the tree on the '49. The '69 GTO and '74 Corvette Stingray roadster are both four speeds; the GTO with the wide ratio Muncie and the Vette with the close ratio Muncie.
1984 Ford Tempo GLX five speed.
My new '69 GTO has a four speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter, so it is now my ultimate dream car.
American Truck Historical Society
— Profile last updated: Aug 23, 2012