What a Chevy Pickup Looked Like in 1937

In my daily travels up and down the streets of my small city of Stratford, Ontario, in Canada, I sometimes see a wonderful classic car or truck go by, sometimes in the opposite direction. So I turn around at the first opportunity and give chase. Sometimes I catch up with the beauty and sometimes they get away. Yesterday, I struck it rich and when the owner of the 1937 Chevy pickup got out of his truck to get his mail, I asked him if I could photograph his vehicle. He was very co-operative and told me a few details about it. He had been searching for this very truck for a while when he found it in California where it had been in the same family since 1941. It is in mint condition and the owner explained it had an option package when new that included two windshield wipers (as opposed to only one on the driver’s side), two side mirrors and a radio. The windshield also slides open and locks to provide some natural air conditioning. I prefer classic cars that are true to the original in every way, including the paint job. If I see a truck such as this that has been “hotrodded”, with big fat tires and lowered suspension among other tricks, I don’t even give it a second look. – JH

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Author: Jim Hagarty

I am a 65-year-old retired journalist, busy recovering from a lifelong career as an unretired journalist. This year marks a half century of my scratching out little fables about life. My interests include genealogy, humour and music. I live in a little blue shack in Canada and spend most of my time trying to stay out of trouble. I am not that good at it. I also spent years teaching journalism. Poor state of journalism today: My fault. I have a family I don't deserve, a dog that adores me, and two cars the junk yard refuses to accept. My prized possessions include my old guitar and a razor my Dad gave me when I was 14 and which I still use when I bother to shave. Oh, and my great-great-grandfather's blackthorn stick he brought from Ireland in the 1850s. I have only one opinion but it is a good one: People take too many showers.

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