Saga Of A Stolen Classic Car

The owner of a magnificent 1956 Chevrolet convertible, wrote to say he had restored the car to perfection over the last few years, and sent this:
On a very warm summer afternoon he decided to take his car to town. It needed gas, as the gauge was practically on empty, but he wanted ice cream, so he headed first to his favorite ice cream shop.

He had trouble finding a parking space, and had to park the car down a side street.

He noticed a group of young guys standing around smoking cigarettes and eyeing the car rather covetously. He was a bit uneasy leaving it there, but people often take interest in such an old and well-preserved car, so he went off to enjoy his ice cream.

The line at the ice cream shop was long and it took him quite a while to return to his car. When he did, his worst fears were realized. His car was gone.

He called the police and reported the theft.

About ten minutes later the police called him to say they had found the car abandoned near a gas station a few miles out of town.

It was unharmed and he was relieved. It seems just before he called, the police had received a call from a young woman who was an employee at a self-service gas station. She told them that three young men had driven in with this beautiful old convertible. One of them came to the window and prepaid for 20 dollars worth of gas.

Then all three of them walked around the car. Then they all got in the car and drove off, without filling the tank.

The question is, why would anybody steal a car, pay for gas that they never pumped, and then abandon the car later and walk away?

They didn’t know where to put the gas. Old farts like me know this though.

My Favorite Cars From The 1930s

As indicated in my previous post titled My Favorite Cars From The 1920s I believe there weren’t many beautiful cars until the 1930s and they produced some absolutely gorgeous automobiles in that era.

1930 Cadillac V16 Sports Phaeton

1930 Duesenberg Boat Tail Speedster

1930 Packard 745 Convertible Sedan

1931 Cadillac V-12 370-a Roadster-Front

1931 Cadillac V-12 370-a Roadster-Back

1932 Packard 904 Custom Dietrich Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton

1932 Studebaker Dictator Coupe

1933 Buick

1933 Hupmobile convertible coupe

1933 Packard

1933 Studebaker President

1934 Cadillac V12 370-D Town Sedan by Fleetwood

1934 Cadillac


1934 Chrysler CA Coupe

1934 Packard 1101 Standard Eight Coupe Roadster

1934 Packard Convertible Sedan

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Sport Coupe
1934 Packard Twelve Speedster

1934 Packard

1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider

1935 Buick Series 90

1935 Chrysler Imperial Model C-2 Airflow Coupe

1935 Duesenberg SSJ
1935 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe

1935 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica

1936 Auburn 852 Convertible Coupe
1936 Bentley

1936 Chrysler Airstream Convertible

1936 Cord 810 Westchester

1936 Hudson Series 65 Custom 8 Convertible

1936 Packard 12 Speedster by Darrin

1936 Packard Super Eight Coupé

1936 Pierce Arrow 1601

1937 Alfa Romeo 8C

1937 Buick Roadmaster


1937 Ford Deluxe Model 78 Sedan Convertible

1937 LaSalle opera coupe

1937 Lincoln K V-12 Two Window Sedan
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalanta


1938 Cadillac Series 38-90 Sixteen Convertible

1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Presidential Convertible

1938 Horch 853 Roadster

1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 4-door sedan

1938 Mercury Eight convertible

1938 Oldsmobile L-38 Convertible Coupe

1938 Packard Eight Cabriolet

1938 Packard Super Eight 4-door Convertible

1938 Talbot-Lago T-150C-SS Teardrop Coupe

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring

1939 Mercedes Benz 170 V Sports Roadster