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Thursday, May 13, 2010

1927 Chrysler 60

I met a guy named Melvin Dailey while attending the Discover Milan festival. He was standing next to this 1927 Chrysler 60 which, as it turns out, has only 18,000 miles and is completely unrestored and pristine.

The story of the car intertwines with a lot of local history. Dailey said he'll have people come up to him at car shows and say they changed the oil in it while working their first job at a service station, or that they remember seeing it in various parades over the years.

The car's history is well documented, only having four owners. (All of which seem to have been meticulous about maintaining it properly, including Dailey. People around southern Michigan and Northern Ohio knew of the car and its owners very well. It seems to have become somewhat of a local legend.

Photos of the car in parades go back many years, with the original owner said to have driven Civil War veterans a few times.

Anyway, I'm doing a piece for the News Leader this month on Dailey and his Chrysler, so check it out.

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