Chevrolet El Morocco
Congratulations on your new car, the 1956 Chevrolet. As you take it home for the first time, let us make you aware of the most popular ways to rip it apart and make it almost unrecognizable:
Replace the Front Bumper Guards. Almost anything will do. You say you have 1937 Dodge truck headlamp shells lying around? That’s perfect. Sand them down and plug them in.
Line the Sides with Olbrich Castings. The side trim is one of the most distinctive hallmarks of a luxury car, and your modified Chevy won’t look the same without it.
Replace the Wheel Covers. Put on some classic Sabre-Spoke wheel covers, making it look as if they belong to a car twice the price.
Customize the Steering Wheel. Add a touch of class to your new car by imprinting it with your own name.
But the number one way to modify your new Chevrolet to increase its resale value by nearly a thousandfold is…
All of these things actually happened to the 1956 Chevrolet as it was modified into a completely different automobile, the El Morocco. But to discover what the El Morocco’s most distinctive feature was, you’re going to have to tune in to One of a Kind: Cars tonight, only on the Velocity Channel.
Sent to the Junkyward
The 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne should not exist.
Crushed. In a landfill. Recycled. Pulped. Unrecognizable. General Motors signed this car’s death warrant in 1959, and watched as a junkyard took it apart, piece by piece.
This car should be dead.
It’s amazing what we lose when we don’t pay attention. We throw things away because they’re taking up space, or because the new hotness comes along. We have a blind spot in our rear-view mirrors that doesn’t see the value in things that fall between old and new.
Rescued and Restored
General Motors was spending too much money keeping its museum pieces in storage, and they decided to clean house. We’ve all made that decision. We’ve tossed out old class notes, or clothes we’ve outgrown, or a pot we used to make pasta night after night. And it’s not until those things are gone that we realize that it had more value than we thought.
Someone managed to grab this car before it hit the crusher. A priceless ancestor of a generation of GM cars was saved. But the way it was brought back to life is simply unbelievable.
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