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2 40 Cars that Owned Me

I just can’t remember any prolonged search or negotiations.

Nash’s were not mainstream cars like Fords, Chevys, or Dodges. Tey looked diferent, with fenders that almost covered the wheels, partic-ularly the front ones. Nash and Willys Jeep had merged to become American Motors and were eventually acquired by Chrysler. Tis particu-lar model was a big wide four door that seemed about as wide as it was long. It was “square” in more ways than one.

Te front seats could easily accommodate three regular size people and the rear seats seemed even bigger. Sometimes we would have 7 or 8 people in the car. Te two front seat backs had a vertical split between them. Tese front seat backs could be reclined, separately, in about 4 steps from nearly vertical to abso-lutely horizontal, as in laying down horizontal. From under the rear seats, there were two little metal supports that swung out and supported the seat backs when they were in the horizon-tal position. Tis feature made the car into a double bed for camping purposes or whatever. Imagine being a 19-year-old guy with an auto-motive double bed.

I used to rate my dates on how many steps backward and downward the front seat backs could be positioned. Not many were “4’s”, as the prevailing moral climate in Northern Michigan

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