Overheard Sunday on Folly Beach was this snippet of conversation between an older teen/young adult boy and girl: She had just read info on a 1958 Corvette.
Girl: “When that came out, gas was 24 cents a gallon.”
Boy: “Shut up!” (today’s slang for “No way!”)
The erstwhile history lesson took place at a special car show Sept. 22, part of the festivities for the oceanside town’s 40th anniversary of incorporation.
Scores of vehicles from the 1920s through early ’70s parked on West Arctic Avenue for the final day of Folly Beach’s three-day celebration.
“This looks like the old cars at Folly Beach now,” said Russell Huggins, who had angled his restored 1965 Mustang into a parking slot. The newly painted pony car was among dozens of cars, trucks and at least one motorcycle that took part in the show.
Lee Miller unveiled his 1939 Plymouth coupe, which he bought at an estate sale in the past month. The streamlined two-door is “still a work in progress,” said Miller, of Adams Run, who works on cars. “That’s another one of my toys,” he quipped.
Nearby, Robert Bruner displayed a rare 1963 Studebaker E-5 short-bed pickup. Just 2,617 were manufactured.
“That’s my work truck,” said Bruner, who indeed drives the half-century-old classic on a daily basis. His wife Sharon recently bought him a present, an aftermarket part that he can use to plug in an iPod.
“This is the 50th anniversary of Studebaker’s demise,” he said. The truck marks “the end of the line.”
On a whim, Michael Riffert of Folly Beach drove a few blocks to the show in his unrestored 1973 Volkswagen Bus. “I (quickly) hosed it off,” he said. “It’s still got sand on it.”
Riffert said the bus has a timeless quality. “You can take this out to James Island County Park (and it fits in). The kids love it.”
Parked a few cars away was the ’58 Corvette, which belongs to Myles Glick. The model arrived five years after Chevrolet launched the straight-axle sports car and five years before the carmaker radically changed the body style with the angular Stingray.
“This is the most sought after year of the straight axles,” Glick said.
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