"It's just identical to our first car ... the only thing is, mine had some hail dents in it," said an excited Keith Clark after doing a quick walk-around inspection of his newly purchased '51 Ford Fordor.
"I'm excited just because he is," said Louise Clark after they bought their "new" 1951 Ford. The car brings back memories of them dating at drive-in movies and traveling between Arizona and Colorado while Keith was in the Army, she said.
The only picture the Clarks could find of their original '51 Ford was this one, snapped the day of their wedding, as friends and guests decorated the car for their honeymoon journey. Ironically, they had car trouble and had to borrow a friend's car -- also a '51 Ford.
The '51 Ford carried a completed restyled dashboard and a more modern-looking steering wheel than the 1949 and 1950 Fords. If you look closely, you'll also notice this low-mileage survivor was equipped with the brand new Fordomatic automatic transmission.
Seen here minus the oil-bath air cleaner, the 239-cubic-inch flathead V-8 still wears its original bronze paint job. The air cleaner was installed before the car was loaded on a trailer for the trip back to eastern Colorado.
The car apparently received a fresh paint job several years ago, but showed no signs of body damage. The door seals were soft and fresh and the trim was in surprisingly good condition, with only a few minor dings, 60 years after the old Ford rolled off the showroom floor.
Louise Clark and Jan Nuckolls discuss car nicknames as the transfer of ownership takes place. "I'm going to miss that girl," Jan said of the car, which she and her husband owned for just a few months before passing it on to the Clarks.