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Colorized Mario's Tribute to Dad's Cars 1935 to 2000

Added Grandparents picture 1945

1935 Plymouth. My Dad's first car. Dad was 18 years old here taken in 1942.

1937 Chevy. Dad's second car. My Mom and me in Jamaica NY 1948 snow blizzard.

1937 Chevy and me in snow suit taken in 1947 in Jamaica NY.

1940 Buick. Dad's third car and his favorite of all his cars. Me and my Mom & Dad in Queens NY out for a Sunday drive. Picture taken in 1951.

Dad's 1940 Buick. Me hanging out the window with Mom & Dad. No seat belts back then!

This is not my Dad's 1940 Buick but it's the same model and year my Dad had. I saw this car at a car show. I wonder if this was my Dad's?

1940 Buick and Dad in Floral Park NY. Car was two toned blue.

1940 Buick and Mom. She never learned to drive but loved to go for a ride. Taken in Floral Park NY in 1951.

1952 Ford Flathead V8 Customline. Dad bought car new from dealer in Flushing NY. Dad's first new car! It was dark blue with a gray interior.

1952 Ford with Mom at wheel. She loved to make believe she was driving although she never learned to drive.

1952 Ford with me, Mom & Dad out again for a Sunday drive. I was 5 years old here taken in 1952. I wonder who took the picture!

1952 Ford with Family. I think Dad was holding me by the neck to take the picture so I wouldn't run away!

1952 Ford with me in new suit 2 sizes too big and Mom in Floral Park NY. Check out the suit and hat!

Driving Dad's 1952 Ford with my cousin in 1954.

1952 Ford with my cousins in Jamaica NY backyard.

1952 Ford with me and new suit in Jamaica NY.

1952 Ford assembly line final inspection.

1952 Fords coming off the assembly line.

1952 Ford convertible on assembly line.

1952 Ford dealer in Levittown NY.

1959 Chevy station wagon. Dad's next new car in Levittown NY. We just moved in to a Levitt home in 1959. My parents and grandparents are also in the picture. I was 12 years old here.

Dad's 1959 Chevy and me. Behind is my Uncle Al's 1951 Ford. Taken in Jamaica NY at my Grandparents house in 1962.

1963 Chevy wagon. Dad's next new car. I just got my Learner's Permit at age 16 and was ready to drive!

1963 Chevy Impala wagon. It had a sharp red interior!

Rare 6cyl 230ci 140hp in Dad's 1963 Impala wagon. Only 96,700 6 cyl engines made out of 832,600 Impalas sold.

1967 Chevy wagon and Dad. His next new car. Taken in front of my parent's house in Levittown NY in 1967. I was in the Marines in Vietnam at the time. Dad mailed me this picture to show me his new car.

1967 Chevy wagon with me home on leave from the Marines in Levittown NY. Taken in January 1968 after my 13 month tour in Vietnam. Glad to be home again! I made SGT the following month and headed to the Mediterranean for 6 months.

1967 Chevy Dealer.

1971 Chevelle wagon. Dad was given this car by a grateful neighbor who was moving out of state and did not need a car. Dad always was there for family, the neighbors and friends.

1971 Chevelle wagon. Later on Dad gave me this car when I needed another car. I in turn gave it to my brother-in-law years later when he needed another car. This car went through the whole family!

1971 Chevelle

1971 Chevelle 250ci inline 6 engine with 145 horsepower

1972 Chevy wagon. I bought the car from my Dad. My daughter and I drove out to see our new home being built in Medford NY summer of 1977. My wife took the picture.

1972 Chevy wagon. Dad's next new car taken in Levittown NY in 1972. It was a dark green color with air conditioning!

1979 Chevettes. Dad and I both bought red ones during the gas crisis. Taken in front of my new home in Medford NY 1979.

1981 VW Rabbit and Mom. Dad's next new car in front of my parent's home in Levittown NY.

1988 Chevy Corsica and Dad. His next new car.

1990 Chevy Lumina. Dad's next new car.

1992 Chevy Cavalier. Dad's next new car.

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Last car Dad owned before passing away in 2009 in Levittown NY. God bless you Dad with Love from your son. Because of Dad's love of cars I too became a "car nut"!

Mom and Dad just married taken in 1946 after the war.

Mom and Dad's 60th Anniversary taken in 2006. We had a family party at my house to celebrate. Dad passed away 3 years later in 2009. Mom passed away in 2015.

Grandparents Don Adan and Dona Ester with Dad in 1945.

Video and audio clips

1935 Plymouth incredible testing film. Must see!

1937 Chevrolet

1940 Buick from movie Casablanca on auction.

1940 Buick "Casablanca" scene.

1952 Ford Brochure. Dad's first new car.

1952 Ford

1959 Chevrolet station wagon commercial.

1959 Chevy Impala

1959 Chevrolet car commercial with Dinah Shore.

1959 Bel Air Chevrolet commercial.

1963 Chevrolet

1963 Chevrolet Impala station wagon. White with red interior just like my Dad's.

1963 original Chevrolet Impala commercial.

1967 Impala

1967 Caprice

1967 Chevrolet TV commercial.

1971 Chevelle Wagon

1972 Impala

1972 Chevrolet TV commercial.

1972 Impala

1979 Chevette TV commercial.

1979 Chevette dealer film.

1981 VW Rabbit commercial.

1988 Chevy Corsica

1990 Chevy Lumina commercial.

1992 Chevy Cavalier

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee


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Mario on May 5, 2015 said:

A lifetime of my Dad's owning different cars. Dad and I put together an album of all his car's pictures just before he passed away. These are just a few examples from the album. This is my Tribute to the Greatest Dad anyone could ever wish for.

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Mario on Dec 15, 2020 said:

8 Decades of cars in my Dad's lifetime! That's some achievement. Every decade from his first car to his last. Love you and miss you Dad, my mentor.

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nickmon4321 on May 5, 2015 said:

Thanks for putting all that material and pictures together for the members of American Torque...I really appreciated reading your comments and the history photo's of your Dad's new cars...Very interesting indeed.!!!...If your interested in seeing my Dad's '49 Chevy you can click on my photo to the left of this comment and than check out Chapter 10...Your also welcome to click on any other Chapters should you so please...Thanks again....Nick

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Mario on May 6, 2015 said:

Thank you for your kind words. I have been looking at your different chapters and find them very entertaining. I especially liked chapter 10 and the "Oh My Papa" song. I remember that very well! Mario

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Brandon on May 5, 2015 said:

What great photos and captions! Thanks for posting them!

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Mario on May 6, 2015 said:

Thanks Brandon. A lifetime goes very fast so I make sure I make every moment count and that means looking back at all we've accomplished. Mario

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ghpcnm on May 5, 2015 said:

I like the bumper guard thingy he put on that '52 Ford. I don't think I've seen one of those before.

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Mario on May 6, 2015 said:

Thanks Dave. The 52 Ford was always my Dad's favorite car of all the ones he had. I guess because it was his first New car that it meant so much. He didn't like having to trade it in for the 59 Chevy wagon but he needed the wagon for his job. He used to install storm windows and doors and got paid extra for using his car. Mario

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azmusclecar on May 8, 2015 said:

Absolutely like taking a walk through the past. Love the kids in the snow and I see you're even willing to admit 2 Chevettes in the family album. Most owners won't admit to owning one Chevette let alone two. Great photos and great memories for you which bring back great memories for me. My grandmother in the ripe old age of 55 bought a 1968 Impala, BRIGHT YELLOW!! Wonderful memories tied to cars. One of my favorites is sliding across the vinyl backseat as my aunt would take me around hairpin turns. Not the safest or smartest things to do but giggling until my sides hurt...............PRICELESS. Now it would be a fine and jail time for my aunt.

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Mario on May 13, 2015 said:

Thanks Rob. I had to sell my 69 Camaro SS 350 that I had for 10 years to buy the 79 Chevette. That really hurt but it was because of the oil embargo and gas prices shot up. Wish I still had my Camaro!

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azmusclecar on May 13, 2015 said:

Don't feel badly, I traded my 1969 Olds 442 AND my wife's 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 in to get a Chevy Camaro with a 6 and 3 speed with no options. A guy had to do what a guy had to do to get to work, put food on the table, pay the bills and maybe have enough to buy studded snow tires come winter!!!!

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ghpcnm on Feb 21, 2016 said:

Another Thumbs Up for the great pics. I always enjoy them.

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Mario on Feb 21, 2016 said:

Thanks again Dave. I added video commercials of all my Dad's cars and they're real cool!

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suptclark on Feb 23, 2016 said:

Thank you for sharing your incredible history of the family cars and the wild videos of old.

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Mario on Feb 24, 2016 said:

Glad you liked them. I started the project luckilly while my Dad was still alive and was able to get all the pictures just before he passed away. They had boxes of pix that I sorted thru. I like your Green Hornet!

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nickmon4321 on Feb 27, 2016 said:

~ It's me again Dave and it looks like you may have added some more cars that your Dad owned and some more video's too ~ Last time I made a comment on your site was on May 5, 2015 but this time I would like to direct you to my Photo Chapter that include's many family picture's and also photo's from the Film Casablanca with comedy blogs added to the pictures just as you may have too ~ Click on this link for that Viewing ~

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Mario on Feb 27, 2016 said:

Hi Dave. Thank you for your viewing and comments. Yes I added more of my Dad's car pictures as well as videos of all his cars in the form of commercials. I will review your link, thanks!

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davidroberts on Dec 21, 2019 said:

when Detroit was king and cars had style

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57timemachine on Oct 29, 2020 said:

Mario, thank you for sharing all those wonderful family memories with us. Very endearing to say the least. The photos speak volumes of your family and your love for them and to that I say cheers to you sir.

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Mario on Oct 29, 2020 said:

Thank you George! As they say, A picture is worth a thousand words! Regards, Mario

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azmusclecar on Dec 28, 2020 said:

Wow, what a great tribute Mario. Like you haven't heard that enough, it can never be stated enough. I wish I had a family and memories I could show like this. Sadly my home was broken to pieces as a kid. But here I am at age 70 so God must have some use for me.

Even the Chevettes I see made the post. We all can consider ourselves lucky for we all have different blessings in our lives in many different ways.

Count your blessings daily. Thanks again Mario for the ride down memory lane with your family.

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Mario on Dec 28, 2020 said:

Thank you Rob. Family and cars go together and both can bring sorrow or happiness. I try to be happy and hope it will follow me. Thank you again and glad you like my posts. Mario

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azmusclecar on Dec 28, 2020 said:

Oh and you do look dapper in those suits. I hope you grew into them over time. My first suit was a law suit...........just kidding. I got a Davey Crockett coonskin cap to wear and many neighbors thought it was just a bad haircut. A mullet before it's time. My first suit was to get married in 1971. Sold my deer rifle to buy the suit. I should have kept the gun, it would have lasted longer than the suit and the marriage!!

Smile. We share cars and photos and family, why not a smile or a laugh????? You're blessed Mario.

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Mario on Dec 28, 2020 said:

That was my first suit at age 7. 2 sizes too big! I had a Davy Crockett cap too. Wore it every day until it fell apart. I think my Mom finally washed it and that's when it started getting frayed. But I wore it anyway. Mario

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57timemachine on Nov 12, 2021 said:

Family and their cars and cars and their family always seem to be intertwined. I can not help but feel sadness for folks that never had a car in their family growing up. All of the wonderful cars my folks had when I was growing up, will be with me until I die. Mario, thanks for sharing all these wonderful memories. Cheers.

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Mario on Nov 13, 2021 said:

You're welcome George! Very true all you said about growing up and memories of family and cars. They are precious and bring us joy when we need it the most. Cheers my friend!

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Mario on Aug 1, 2022 said:

Added a picture of my Dad's rare 1963 Impala station wagon with an inline 6 cyl engine.

Out of 832,600 1963 Impalas sold, 735,900 had V-8 engines and only 96,700 had 6 cyl engines.

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Mario on Mar 11, 2024 said:

I was able to get B/W pictures Colorized in this Page.

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57timemachine on Mar 11, 2024 said:

The color just makes the memories even more vivid and important. Mario, once again thankyou for sharing your family and cars memories with the A.T. brotherhood. Cheers to you sir.

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Mario on Mar 11, 2024 said:

Thank you George. I am so thrilled I was able to colorize all the fabulous B/W pictures on this Page dedicated to my Dad's cars.

You are so correct that the pictures come to life when they are colorized.

Cheers to you my friend, Mario

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Anonymous on Mar 11, 2024 said:

Hey Mario, don't you look tough in your little gangster Mini ME, you're Mini Gangster. wow amazing on the colorization. How many boxes of crayolas did it take to do all that? Wow and you even stayed in the lines. nice work mini scarface. I know I know:


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Mario on Mar 12, 2024 said:

Well thank you Rob. I'm glad you approve of my coloring talent and staying in the lines! It's not as easy as it seems.

Yes growing up in Jamaica NYC I was a Junior Mob Boss on my city block. I had it all back then.

For a certain amount of candy each week the kids got "protection" from me. The Suit and Hat made all the difference!

I also ran a Lost and Found Tricycle business. Very profitable. But I had to give it all up when my parents decided to move out of the City and buy a house on Long Island.

There went my proprietorship. Cheers, Mario

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57timemachine on Mar 12, 2024 said:

Rob and Mario, you two guys crack me up. I mean the good crack, not the other stuff. Cheers.

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Mario on Mar 26, 2024 said:

Glad to know we entertain you George! It's all in good fun! Cheers, Mario

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Mario on Apr 5, 2024 said:

Added Grandparents Don Adan, Dona Ester and Dad's picture 1945.

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