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My Favorite Car: '65 Chevrolet Impala, Hans Bechtel, 65, New Port Richey

'65 Chevrolet Impala

The '65 Impala — Fire Engine Red. Black vinyl interior. Bench seat, 4-speed on floor, 327-cubic-inch, 300hp — was my first new car, I ordered it from the Chevrolet dealer in Passaic, N.J., in January 1965. I waited and called almost daily until it arrived a few months later. Great car and everyone really liked it, especially the girls. I enjoyed the car until November 1965, when I joined the U.S. Marine Corps. I kept the car until after boot camp. I decided to sell it while overseas. I didn't want the monthly payments, which were more than my USMC salary. My father sold it. However, not all was lost, at the same time I bought the Chevy, in 1965, to give me some competition, my father bought the pictured Harvest Gold 1965 GTO, which he sold to me upon discharge in 1968, I took over the payments, and that was also a girl magnet. I met my wife of 41 years while I had the GTO , and I am still with her. I sold the GTO for $850 in 1970. As a short note, when I returned to civilian life, I went back into the construction business. I had a truck, and hardly drove the GTO. When I met my wife, she used to borrow her mom's Rambler when it was available. After we dated awhile, I offered her the GTO for her own personal use. I gave her the car and $5 for gas, which at that time filled the tank. She took the car, and told me that more than once cars would pull next to her, surprised a girl was driving, and challenged her to race. She said she never accepted the challenge and still to this day has the $5 bill I gave her.

My Favorite Car: '65 Chevrolet Impala, Hans Bechtel, 65, New Port Richey 02/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:30am]
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