My First Forty Cars: An Automotive Memoir

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With a grandfather who drove a horse car in 1900 and who later had a 25-year career as a chauffeur for a wealthy family, Nelson Bolan has a unique viewpoint about the automotive industry during the first half of the 20th century. In later years, Bolan began his own car acquisitions. His first, a 1929 Chevrolet, was purchased for $100 in celebration of his brother's safe return from World War II and his own high school graduation. It had an outside gasoline gauge, and if the driver forgot to read the gauge before ...
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With a grandfather who drove a horse car in 1900 and who later had a 25-year career as a chauffeur for a wealthy family, Nelson Bolan has a unique viewpoint about the automotive ... industry during the first half of the 20th century. In later years, Bolan began his own car acquisitions. His first, a 1929 Chevrolet, was purchased for $100 in celebration of his brother’s safe return from World War II and his own high school graduation. It had an outside gasoline gauge, and if the driver forgot to read the gauge before getting into the driver’s seat, he had no way of knowing how much fuel he had. (Chevrolet made the change to dashboard gauges in 1930.) The car also had actual wooden floor boards, which were removed and reinstalled easily when servicing was necessary. This automotive memoir includes a chapter for each of Bolan’s first forty cars, including photographs of the actual vehicles where possible. Most were well aged at the time of purchase; the earliest was a 1917 Dodge Brothers. A nostalgic but factual recollection of each car in the order it was acquired, the book includes interesting information about each model and Bolan’s mechanical adventures from the 1940s to the 1990s. Read more Show Less

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With a grandfather who drove a horse car in 1900 and who later had a 25-year career as a chauffeur for a wealthy family, Nelson Bolan has a unique viewpoint about the automotive industry during the first half of the 20th century. In later years, Bolan began his own car acquisitions. His first, a 1929 Chevrolet, was purchased for $100 in celebration of his brother's safe return from World War II and his own high school graduation. It had an outside gasoline gauge, and if the driver forgot to read the gauge before getting into the driver's seat, he had no way of knowing how much fuel he had. This automotive memoir details each of Bolan's first forty cars, including photographs of nearly all of the actual vehicles. A nostalgic but factual recollection of each car in the order it was acquired, the book includes interesting information about each model and the author's various mechanical mishaps.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786416240
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nelson Bolan's lifelong interest in cars led to a career in the automobile business. He lives in Florida.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 1929 Chevrolet 9
2 1934 Oldsmobile 17
3 1925 Dodge Brothers 25
4 1921 Ford 35
5 1923 Dodge Brothers 44
6 1923 Lincoln 50
7 1942 Chevrolet 59
8 1939 Plymouth 62
9 1941 Dodge 65
10 1936 Dodge 67
11 1917 Dodge Brothers 71
12 1946 Hudson 84
13 1940 Dodge 88
14 1951 DeSoto 92
15 1930 Ford 96
16 1950 DeSoto 102
17 1933 Franklin 111
18 1949 Dodge 121
19 1948 Plymouth 124
20 1952 Mercury 128
21 1955 Pontiac 131
22 1938 Chrysler 133
23 1955 Plymouth 138
24 1940 Chrysler 142
25 1938 Chrysler 146
26 1950 Chrysler 148
27 1962 Dodge 149
28 1960 Plymouth 154
29 1961 Plymouth 157
30 1967 Plymouth 159
31 1962 Dodge 167
32 1962 Buick 172
33 1967 Plymouth 175
34 1964 Ford 178
35 1971 Chevrolet 180
36 1969 Dodge 182
37 1969 Pontiac 184
38 1973 Pontiac 186
39 1971 AMC 189
40 1983 Dodge 194
Index 201
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