Most of us will always remember our very first car. Whether it was a clunker or a brand-new vehicle, that car will always stand out in our minds. Once we git rid of that first car and move on to another, most of us never see our first set of wheels ever again. This wasn’t the case for “Leave It to Beaver” star Tony Dow.
According to The Classic Cars Journal, Dow reunited with his first car several decades after he purchased it. As fans of the classic sitcom are aware, Dow played Wally Cleaver. Wally was the older brother of the title character, Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver. Playing “The Beaver” was Jerry Mathers. The sitcom originally aired on television from 1957 until 1963.
It was during the run of “Leave It to Beaver” that Tony Dow purchased his first car. It was a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder.
“I had the Chevy factory in Van Nuys paint it midnight blue with a black interior,” the now 76-year-old Dow said during March 2021.
‘Leave It to Beaver’ Star Tony Dow Sold His First Car to a Prop Man
Like most of us, the “Leave It to Beaver” star didn’t keep his first car for very long. In 1965, Tony Dow decided to sell the Chevy. The buyer, whose name was Al, worked as a prop man at Universal Studios.
Al must have been fond of the car. He owned it for two decades, then decided that it needed to be restored. He undertook the restoration project and put in a turbocharge spider engine with alcohol injection to the vehicle at the time. This upgrade increased the Chevy’s horsepower to 245.
Now, flash forward 50 years. Al still owned the Chevy he purchased from “Leave It to Beaver” star Tony Dow. It was during 2015 that Al fell ill. So, he decided that the car should be given to a friend of his named Marty. However, the gift came will instructions that if Dow could be found the car would be given back to the actor.
As luck would have it, Marty was able to find Dow. So, the 1962 Chevy Corvair Spyder was reunited with its owner.
“So after 50 years, my first car has returned to my garage,” the “Leave It to Beaver” actor shared.
One difference he obviously noticed in the car was its color. As previously said, he had it painted midnight blue. However, when it returned to him five decades later, it was painted black. But there was one feature of the Chevy that remained unchanged.
“It’s painted black now, but the original plate is still on it with a frame that reads ‘unsafe at any speed — Ralph Nader,'” Tony Dow also said.
So, what car did Dow decide to purchase as his second vehicle? It was a 1962 Corvette in sky blue.