STOP PRESS! I have just learned that my late, beloved 1969 Chevrolet Brookwood station wagon, which I had to sell when I left California ten years ago, is again for sale! In Ventura! And it looks to be in wonderful shape! I shall have to consider what to do here. It may mean a cross-country trip. Or perhaps one of my California friends will buy it--to keep it in the family, so to speak. Chris Baker, are you listening? Great car for hauling canvasses. Not nimble, but an amazingly smooth ride on the freeway. It's like driving your living room into L.A. When I used to go in for lunch meetings at West Side restaurants I couldn't otherwise afford, the valet-parking guys, bored with Benzes, loved my car.
I loved it. When I bought it from the original owner, a little old lady (truly) who was moving into a nursing home (!) it had 22k. Now it's up to 90k. It has a 350 motor, the best, most reliable, and cheapest to maintain of all V8's. It does use a lot of gas, which isn't cheap these days, but the purchase price is 1/4 the price of a new KIA so the numbers work. And this is real recycling. Driving a 42 year old car is far easier on the environment than ordering a new Prius!
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.