River Manor Car Show Brings Back Memories
As residents of River Manor Care Center basked in the noonday sun last week, members of the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn took them back in time to when the vehicles they drove were "something special."
Joe Lipton, spokesman for the antique car collectors, eagerly told the residents about the vintage cars from the '40s, '50s and '60s (and more!) as he helped them conjure up memories when some of them might have gone on a date in that 1963 Chevy Impala.
"When that baby was new, it cost about $3,000," Lipton said. "Now, the price is about $25,000."
Then he pointed at a neat Chrysler LeBaron with real wood side paneling.
"You wouldn't think that the Chrysler is such a big deal, 'cause it's a later model: 1984. But it's a collector's item, mainly because the company only made 1,100 of them. By this time, it's a real rarity," he said.
He pointed out a few other vintage cars, such as a 1940 Packard (with the big trunk) and his own '60 Studebaker. He wouldn't say how much they're worth, but you can be sure they're going for a heck of a lot more than their original list price!
While they watched and listened, the River Manor residents could be seen smiling and talking to their friends, testament to the pleasant memories the cars invoked.