The Old Car Detective - Bill Sherk

Let’s help Dalton Lowe find his 1926 Dodge touring

Dalton Lowe of Stayner, Ontario, purchased a 1930 Model A Ford in 1965 but still misses the 1926 Dodge touring he bought and sold for $12 in 1946.  First, the story on the Model A:
    “I bought my 1930 Model A Ford in 1965 from Hanna Motors, a Ford dealership in Collingwood.  The car had been traded into the dealership by the local family physician, Dr. Bill Ives.  He had purchased the car from an older gentleman who lived in Wasaga Beach.  The older fellow asked Dr. Ives to care for him and in return he would get the car.  This was in the days before OHIP!
    “Dr. Ives’ wife and children drove the car right up to 1965 as their family vehicle.  Finally it was time to get her a newer car (she was tired of driving a car 35 years old!).
     “In 1965, I paid Hanna Motors $300 for the Model A.  It was black and needed some work.  In the ‘80s, I decided to have the car restored.  It took a few years to have it completed but it was well worth it.  It is now the sage green and butter cream colours, and is always a show stopper whenever I take it places.  All seven of our children have had it for their weddings.  And now the grandchildren have started to get married and we have used it to tour them around.  It has also been driven to graduations and proms.
    “I have always had a love of vehicles.  In 1946, when I was 13, my buddy Denton Brownridge and I were delivering newspapers to make a few bucks.  We delivered the paper to a fellow named Jack Aimes.  He had a 1926 Dodge touring in his back shed.  He didn’t drive and so the car had just been sitting there.  I think there was only 12,000 miles on it.
    “Brownridge and I bought it for $12!  It took us a bit to gather up the cash but we had a few part-time jobs and it was ours!  Soon after purchasing it, we sold it to Eric Dickey of Stayner, for $75.  What a profit!  The deal was, he had to bring us back from Wasaga Beach.  Later that same week, he sold the car for $150.  I really would like to find our 1926 Dodge touring.  On the rad shell it had the letters BC.”  
    If Dalton’s Dodge turns up, you’ll read all about it right here, where we bring old cars back to life.  Stay tuned!                  
    I’m always looking for more stories.  Email billtsherk@sympatico.ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, ON N8H 3W2.  Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my latest book:  “OLD CAR DETECTIVE FAVOURITE STORIES, 1925 to 1965.”


PHOTO:  Dalton Lowe with his sage green and butter cream 1930 Model A Ford sedan in a Heritage Day parade

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