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My First Car: '51 Dodge Coronet Convertible, Jerry Sadler, Zephyrhills

'51 Dodge Coronet Convertible

This is a picture of me and my 1951 Dodge Coronet Convertible. It was my first and last convertible. My dad got it for me when I was in high school in about 1958. This was on Avon Street in Lansing, Mich. This car had three gears, two forward (second and third) and one reverse. I believe it was called a gyromatic drive. If I really wanted to take off fast, I could put it in second and pop the clutch. If I was driving down the street in third gear, with my arm around my girlfriend, and had to stop for a light, I could take off, hit the clutch and the gas at the same time and never change gears and still keep my arm around my girl. The interior was a black-and-maroon plastic-type material, and was it hot in the summer! It was also known as a "chick magnet." Every day when I came out of Eastern High School, there were two or three girls waiting in the backseat. It was also a magnet for birds and rain. When I started dating the girl who became my wife, she said I didn't need that car anymore. So my dad sold the car and I started driving a 1957 DeSoto that he picked up. But that's another story. What wonderful days those were.

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My First Car: '51 Dodge Coronet Convertible, Jerry Sadler, Zephyrhills 03/20/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 20, 2011 4:30am]
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