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

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1935 Plymouth. My Dad's first car in San Jose, Costa Rica. 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. 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!

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.

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 hat!

1952 Ford with my cousins in Jamaica NY backyard.

1952 Ford with me and new suit.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.


Video and audio clips

1935 Plymouth incredible testing film. Must see!


1937 Chevy commercial, "The other fellow".


1940 Buick from movie Casablanca on auction.


1940 Buick "Casablanca" scene.


1952 Ford Brochure. Dad's first new car.



1959 Chevrolet station wagon commercial.



1959 Chevrolet car commercial with Dinah Shore.


1959 Bel Air Chevrolet commercial.



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


1963 original Chevrolet Impala commercial.




1967 Chevrolet TV commercial.



1972 Chevrolet TV commercial.



1979 Chevette TV commercial.


1979 Chevette dealer film.


1981 VW Rabbit commercial.


1988 Chevy Corsica commercial.


1990 Chevy Lumina commercial.


1992 Chevy Cavalier commercial.


2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee commercial.





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Comments

mariorojas2005msn 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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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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mariorojas2005msn 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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mariorojas2005msn 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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mariorojas2005msn 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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mariorojas2005msn 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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mariorojas2005msn 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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mariorojas2005msn 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 ~http://www.americantorque.com/page/0/3557/

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mariorojas2005msn 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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