My First Forty Cars: An Automotive Memoir

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McFarland, Sep 15, 2003 - Transportation - 208 pages
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.
 

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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
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

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
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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About the author (2003)

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

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