'83 Oldsmobile Cutlass
After buying a 1978 Cutlass, I decided to buy another in 1983, because a buddy of mine at the time was an Olds dealer. He said you should buy another one and plan on keeping a muscle type car forever. His reasons were the new GM models would no longer have the steel frame and will be front-wheel drive. I purchased the '83 for $14,000, which was a great amount of money at the time, because five years earlier, the '78 only cost $7,300. Inflation in the early '80s was around 10 to 20 percent a year. Today it has the original repainted paint color and the only change to the still original interior was adding an analog gauge for water temperature, oil pressure and voltage. Plus I added a new speedometer and tachometer. But under the hood is where the big changes occurred: There is a small block Chevy 350 with stainless steel headers, lots of chrome and large 2 1/2-inch dual exhausts. I also changed the standard 14-inch wheels to 17-inch. The best part of this story was that on April 29, I have owned this car for 30 years. It is my hope that my son will keep it in our family for generations to come, because money can never replace all the memories and the idea his father had a plan and carried it through to at least keep it in his name for 30 years.