From the outside, James Myers’ 60-year-old Chevrolet coupe looks original – down to the chrome bumper and light red paint.
The interior, too, offers a 1950s feel including new upholstery to match the decades-old styling.
But under the hood, that’s a different story. Myers installed a 400 cubic inch V-8 engine, replacing the original 210.
Myers’ reasoning: “You can’t keep up with these guys,” he said, citing fellow car collectors who soup up their models with high-powered engines.
The 1953 Chevy proved to be among 175 cars that took part in the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 at the Walmart parking area in Wando Crossing shopping plaza east of the Cooper.
“It was beautiful today,” says Myers, who also was involved in organizing the show. “The weather was nice, too.”
The open event brought out scores of vehicles, mostly American manufactured editions from Ford, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac dating to the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s. Thunderbirds, Camaros and Mustangs jostled for position with Olds Cutlasses and Pontiac GTOs.
Car collectors arrived from as far as Georgia and included a strong showing from a club from Columbia.
The show’s sponsor, the East Cooper-based Lowcountry Travelers car club, has hosted the event for many years. A 1940 Ford coupe on hand displayed a window sign touting the show as “Ole Skool.”
“I normally try to come down (at least) once a year,” said Calvin Williams, who drove in from Atlanta in his uncommon 1984 Hurst/Olds. The car, with a 307cubic inch “high output” engine, marked the last year that Oldsmobile manufactured the Hurst edition, which was a special high performance model akin to Mustang’s Shelby line, he said.
Herman Bonds, of Mount Pleasant, displayed his 1970 Mercury Cougar. He said he’s worked on the car for six years and, “I’m not finished yet.”
Bonds has a practical side about the Mercury, including how he came to buy the classic . Noting that he’s not typically a Mercury fan, he said matter-of-factly, “I got a good deal on it.
“But, I like Fords (Mercury’s sister brand), though,” Bonds said.
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Herman Bonds of Mount Pleasant brought his 1970 Mercury Cougar to the yearly Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 at the Walmart parking lot at Wando Crossing (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
This Pontiac stands out with a Dallas Cowboys logo on the windshield. It was one of 175 vehicles at the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
James Island car enthusiast Hosie Douglas Parks displayed his 1967 Chevrolet C-10 truck at the yearly Lowcountry Travelers car show east of the Cooper (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
James Myers showed off his 1953 red Chevrolet coupe at the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
The #1 Dad license plate marks this green, ‘60s era Dodge Ram, which was displayed at the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
This red Oldsmobile Cutlass was one of the 175 cars that participated in the annual Lowcountry Travelers show Sept. 28 (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
This white ‘50s era Chevrolet stood out at the Lowcountry Travelers car show, held Sept. 28 in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
This 1984 Hurst/Olds belongs to Calvin Williams of Atlanta. He drove the car to the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 at Walmart in Wando Crossing (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
David Smith of McClellanville shows off a Big Daddy license plate on his 1973 Buick Electra 225. The car was on display at the annual Lowcountry Travelers car show in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
This 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix was shown by Julius Manigault of Mount Pleasant. It was one of dozens of cars at the annual Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
Richard Manigault brought his 1970 Olds Cutlass from Atlanta to the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 in Mount Pleasant (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
‘Big John’ Smalls of Summerville owns this 2010 Corvette, which he displayed at the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 east of the Cooper (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
Among the numerous early model vehicles at the Lowcountry Travelers car show Sept. 28 was this Ford F-100 (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
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