All for the Love of Seeing the USA in a Chevrolet

We start our November, All for the Love Story, in a delicious 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe. This was a limited edition, top of the line, Chevrolet back in 1948. Today she sports for power, a fresh new 350 Chevy replacing the original 110 HP 6 cylinder with a 330 HP V-8, w/ 700 R-4 Auto Tranny and a 9” Ford rear-end plus a Mustang #2 front-end keeps her straight on the byway. She sports Flow-master Headers and Mufflers, plus power windows, steering and brakes. Add on cruise-control, tilt-steering, key-less entry. Plus, A/C, and a super sound system with a full set of VDO gauges and an all leather grey interior. Every inch of this Chevy Coupe has been beautified from the frenched in headlights to the shaved and filled door handles, to the smooth as silk trunk lid, complete with “Spiderman”custom pinstriping and graphics that really finish this ride off in style. The American super chromed racing wheels are a great compliment to the silver and pearl white exterior finish on Gary and Barbara Knutson’s, from Gresham, Oregon’s dream car that has truly come to life. Barbara is a Gresham High girl and Gary did his school-time at good old Jefferson High back in the seventies. Together they both were employed at Western Box/Meats for over thirty years. You’re ’48 Chevy has been winning awards all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We, at R&R NW publication are honored to share your ride and “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet Fleetmaster Coupe”.

Next up we found Truman and Carla McNatt from Oregon City, Oregon with their 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 DR Hardtop. This is one truly gorgeous and pretty much all stock ride. Truman got a little wild a few years back and added a brand-new Vortex 350 power plant to his stock color Gypsy Red and Shoreline Beige Bel Air, but everything else is pretty much the way it came off the assembly line sixty-two years ago. It has all original interior complete with a set of heavy clear plastic seat covers protecting the colorful fabric below. She also is wearing 15” stock style rubber and wheels. Truman did make a comment that he also has a set of fully chromed fancy wheels and tires for special car shows, like the Portland Roadster Show. Mr. and Mrs. McNatt have been together for thirty-six years and have three wonderful sons that all attended Oregon City High. Truman worked in sheet metal fabrication for 38 years and is now enjoying his retirement with his number one girl friend Carla and his number two girlfriend, that Gypsy Red and Shoreline Beige Bel Air. Your ’55 Chevy has got to be a fantastic ride to “See the U.S.A.” in! We at R&R NW Publication thank you for keeping this classic dream machine all stock and original looking. She’s a winner whenever you show her.

Last, but not least, we found the Donald & Jeri Martin family from Gresham Oregon, who purchased their 1959 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe from Carr Chevrolet back in October of 1959. The amazing thing is they still own it today, 58 years later. She’s about as stock as one can be. She still sports the 283 CI V8 for power with a power glide automatic tranny and a stock ’59 rear end. She has a list of optional equipment and accessories: wheel disc hub-caps, oil filter, EZI Glass w/washers, airflow heater, w/w tires, manual radio, rear antenna, LH Dummy Antenna. The price on the optional items was $476.25. The total cost of the ‘59 Aqua Blue Chevy Impala was $2877.00 after they discounted the cost of the optional Items.

The Family history includes the passing of father Don Martin at age 56 and Mom Jeri Martin who is still going strong and will be celebrating her 99th Birthday next February. She is enjoying her retirement and still goes to cruise ins’ with son Dennis and his wife Karen in the 1959 Chevrolet Aqua Blue Impala. Dennis attended Franklin High back in the sixties and he was an active member in a rock ‘n’ roll band back in high school. The ’59 Impala was used as a band car back then carrying equipment to their gigs. The 58-year-old Chevy Impala still wears the original Aqua Blue paint job with style and Dennis and Karen have done a great job taking care of Mom’s almost like brand new Chevrolet Impala so she can “See the U.S.A. in her Chevrolet”. A special thank you goes out to the whole Martin Family for your input in making this a salute to both your Father Don and your Mother Jeri for having the insight to preserve and pass on their fantastic Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe. She’s a winner in all circles.

All three of these wonderful automobiles are a tribute to the special people at General Motors Chevrolet Division for having the original concept and insight to ask the American Public over sixty years ago to, “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet”. In addition, all three of these cars were regular attendees at the Endless Summer Cruise Inn, in Gresham Oregon sponsored by the Pharaohs Street Rodders which raised funds for our Veterans MIAP Missing in America and the Lines for Life Programs.

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