Friday, January 29, 2010

1950 Chev with 439 actual miles





They ARE still out there somewhere! ! ! 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe 437 original, actual miles, only 3 owners. Check out the dealer installed "oil filter" , the rusty carb, and you can even see the spark plugs if they need changed.

Purchased new by Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Trueblood of Modesto . Shortly after purchasing this car, Mr. Trueblood took a day off to go fishing. While waiting for the "big one" to bite he witnessed a woman fall out of her boat. Mr. Trueblood jumped in to help only to fall victim of a fatal heart attack. Mrs.. Trueblood returned the car home and placed it in the garage for the next 12 years. The odometer reading at that time (1962) was 413 miles.

Mrs. Trueblood lived next door to a used car lot owned by Mr. William E. Wilson (now 81 years old). Mr. Wilson spoke with her frequently and often told her he would like to buy the car for himself to keep. In 1962 the time had come. Mrs. Trueblood told Mr. Wilson she needed a car for her bookkeeper who didn't really care for the ol' Chevy and would prefer a Rambler. No problem. Mr. Wilson went down to the local Rambler dealer and bought a brand new one for $1,650.00 ($100.00 over cost) and made the swap.

He then took the car home and parked it with 433 actual miles. And there it sat for the next 45 years, occasionally being started and moved in and out of the garage. In 2007 Mr. Wilson decided to sell the car and started spreading the word around Modesto that the ol' Chevy with 433 miles on it was for sale. Many had heard about the car, but hardly anyone had ever laid eyes on it. In fact, according to Mr. Wilson he believes he only showed the car to about 5 people in 45 years. Word spread quickly about the car and soon a buyer arrived ready and willing to pay the $60,000 asking price. When Mr. Wilson told me the story of this car he complained heavily of the "capital gains" tax he was required to pay and wished he had never sold it. As of this writing, Mr. Wilson is still alive and well in Modesto and can verify the miles and originality of this car. Simply put, this is a true 100% factory original survivor (that includes the air in the tires). This ol' Chevy now has 437 original miles and is most likely the world's lowest mileage 1950 Chevy.

Thanks Donnie S.

PS The car sold last week at Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale Arizona, at that time it had 439 miles. The present day owner had it pushed up the ramp in reverse so as not to turn past the 439 mile mark. As for the story of it selling for 60,000 dollars it may well be literary license to exaggerate.

I just checked the final pricing on the Barrett Jackson website and found that the final selling price was 30,800.00 dollars, still a Princely sum.

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?ln=950&aid=304&pop=1

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