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 307 cubic 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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