|For All You Chevy Lovers Out There
|1950 Chevy Club Coupe
437 original, actual miles
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.
(Talking about a classy classic car, this is one beautiful car.JB)