My recent posts about our Wedding Anniversary and my '55 Willys got me thinking about another anniversary. It was 44 years ago this week that my Grandfather purchased a Buick LeSabre: A 1964 Buck LeSabre Four-Door Sedan (Model 4469) to be exact -- Wedgewood Blue. The car was purchased on June 18, 1964 for $3,699.54.
They drove out west that summer to see the construction progress of the newest wonders of the modern world -- the Houston Astrodome. Other big trips included taking my sister and oldest brother (Sir John of Rosedale) on a trip up north. Later, they took my twin brother and I on a trip to the East Coast.
My Grandpa and Grandma "Louie" loved that car; they literally went through two other cars while this one was garage kept and pampered beyond belief.
(In case you can't tell, Sir Bowie is the cute one on the right!)
So, what ever happened to that old Buick?
Well, after my Grandma Louie passed away suddenly, Grandpa rarely drove the Buick (it was mostly hers). As time passed, he even talked about selling it to a neighbor who had dreams of trashing it into some kind of faux street rod. Not wanting to see it leave the family, I purchased it in July of 1989.
Today, she's kept in our garage and pampered. She just turned 56,000 miles this month. Why would I bother taking the time and money to keep that old machinery up and running?
You see, I've traveled a lot of miles on my journey since I said good-bye to my Grandpa and Grandma Louie -- having their Buck on the trip has helped me re-member them... and I pray that someday I meet up with them down the road.
Sir Bowie of Greenbriar