A vintage 1956 Chevy 150 will help a veteran’s organization once it sells at auction on Saturday.
Proceeds from the Cold War car’s sale go to Honor Flight.
The non-profit organizations work to transport as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, D.C. The trip is no cost to the veterans.
A Long, Strange Trip For The Chevy
According to Fox News, the 1956 Chevrolet 150 started off as a Sioux Army Depot staff car in Sidney, Neb. In 1964, the government unloaded it to a local farmer during an auction.
The farmer only had it a year before dying. Then, the car went into a storage barn for 25 years. The car turned into a chicken coop, and so went the car’s interior.
At one point, a Chevrolet collector found and bought the car. After years of fixing it up, he unloaded it.
A couple of owners later, and the inline 216-cubic inch, 6-cylinder engine was good enough to run by 2018. With a partial restoration and a few chicken marks on the molding for good luck, the car ownership changed hands again.
This time, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas.
Flipped Again For Same Veteran Cause
In June, one man bought the car for $70,000 at that auction with the money going to Honor Flight.
Now the car is selling again this weekend and it’s going to the same veteran cause. Fox News Autos reported that the first auction winner decided to flip it again. This time, at a Houston auction for the same, exact cause.
According to the Barrett-Jackson website, the car auction will begin around 3:30 Central Time.
Honor Flight A Worthy Cause
Trips from California and Illinois were among the latest Honor Flight group trips to D.C.
The veteran group flew men and women from Bakersfield for the first time since 2019 recently. The pandemic had halted flights for a while.
One unnamed veteran told Bakersfield Now the trip was, “a lot of healing, a few tears. It was just a great time.”
From Chicago, the Honor Flight group returned to a hero’s welcome. The Central Illinois Proud website said a group of two WWII vets, dozens of Korean War veterans, a hundred Vietnam veterans got a parade.
The auctioneer got into even more detail about the car in its description.
The manual, 3-speed car kept most of its original paint with the 1990s owner. He took the car apart and repaired some body scrapes.
The fourth owner made a bunch of repairs in 2018. We’re talking rebuilt wheel cylinders and rubber brake hoses. Also, there were new exhaust and fuel systems put in.
So, after all that work, it’s a brand new car! Wouldn’t it be cool if it went to somebody who was a veteran?