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Relationships built to last

Here are a few more.

"I have custody of my family's 1956 Ford Country Sedan wagon," wrote Jim Bohn. "Purchased new for $2,800, the original truckster made cross country trips in the summers to visit relatives in the Midwest, camping expeditions throughout the western states, and thousands of local trips before being retired for a 1968 Dodge van (while residing in Marin County, California).

"I acquired the car in 1970, auditioned with it before George Lucas in the summer of 1972 for the filming of 'American Graffiti' (and it was George photographing the cars and drivers), and still have it as an occasional driver."

Jim Burford, a Presbyterian minister, told the story of his Bug.

"I was in seminary in Chicago in the mid-1960's. My wife Sue and I spent my intern year, 1966-1967, in Bo'ness, Scotland. We picked up our new, red, 1966 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 (the only year VW made that size engine) in Luxembourg, sailed in it (on a ferry, of course) across the English Channel, and drove through London and points north in England on our way to Scotland.

"After a year, including the summer of 1967 touring Europe (along with my sister from California) and staying in youth hostels, the car was shipped back to Chicago. After my graduation in 1968 it was driven to California for my first church job and in 1975 to Washington (Ephrata and then Spokane). It now resides, much the worse for wear and weather and time, outside but under cover at our home here in Spokane."

Kathy Prunella, known to her many friends as June, also has a longtime thing with a VW.

"I am the original owner of a 1972 VW Beetle. Bought it brand new ($2,000) from Valley Volkswagen (U City). Though bits and pieces, part-wise, have been replaced, it still has the original engine. Had it repainted. No heater (disintegrated 20 years ago). Clothing layers, caps, gloves, open wing windows and ice scraper for winter driving. Yippeee. Will NEVER sell! Loyalty and Honor to a beloved inanimate object."

Barb Beck shared this. "In response to your question about one-owner husband Vince and I are the original owners of a 1970 (Back Cherry) Chevy Nova. It is a 4-speed, 350-SS. As newlyweds we bought it in September 1970 from Buchanan Chevrolet (then located on 3rd Avenue). The price: $3,500."

And while it's not exactly a one-owner story, Cheri Moore wondered about getting credit for a car that's been in the same family for a long time. And I do mean a long time.

"It's a 1923 Ford Model T. It belonged to my husband's grandfather. Then his father had it. Now it's his."

Cheri said it has been restored and they take it out for a drive now and then when it's sunny and warm. "It's not a cold weather car."

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