Ray and Sylvia Abrahams with their beautifully restored 1932 Chevy Cabriolet, a car that they have owned for more than a half century. The car carried a $610 price tag when new. It's worth a little more than that now.
A second restoration of the cabriolet began in 2011, when Lowell Heinrichs of Hillsboro was enlisted to repaint the entire car. Sylvia Abrahams said she and husband Ray enjoyed taking the car for weekend drives around a local reservoir.
The final finish touch to the overall package was completed a few weeks ago, when the cabriolet was trailered to Tulsa, where master pinstriper Ron Myers highlighted the black body lines with yellow-gold stripes.
Ray Abrahams painstakingly soaked all the paint off the chrome spoke covers on the wire wheels during the 1964 restoration of the car. The spoke covers actually snap off the wheels, which made the chore a little more tolerable.
The folding canvas top, also done by the late Paul Matz, rests on three nickel-plated bars when retracted. Note the snaps along the lower edge of the window panel, which can be unfastened and resnapped to fittings inside the roof for flow-through airflow.
The iconic chrome plated hood vents set the '32 Chevy off from other brands that came equipped with more conventional stamped steel hood louvers. The hood vents are adjustable, allowing the driver to control how much cooling air flows through the engine compartment.
Ray Abrahams said the original Potter Mfg. Co. decal on the inside lid of the trunk had been painted over by the first owner. Using laquer thinner, he meticulously removed the black paint and preserved the decal.
As a World War II veteran who served aboard the Navy destroyer the USS Chauncey as a radio operator, Ray Abrahams proudly displays what was known as a "Ruptured Duck" plaque, issued to sailors upon their discharge, on his beloved '32 Chevrolet cabriolet.