In 1940, a veterinarian from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, purchased a brand new 1940 Dodge Deluxe Sedan from a dealership in neighboring Boise. Using it primarily for making house calls and always taking care to garage it in is barn away from destructive weathering elements, when the Doctor passed away in 1948, his Dodge Deluxe was still in meticulous condition with only 42,342 miles on the odometer. Ultimately deciding against selling the vehicle, the Doc’s family opted instead to leave the Dodge Deluxe where it was parked, covered with a sheet to prevent dust accumulation. From that point forward, the Dodge remained literally untouched for over 50 years until it was unveiled briefly in 1980 and then given a thorough examination in 2003.
Inspected under the illuminating light of a 21st century day, the 63 year old Dodge was found to be in immaculate condition. Thanks to its 50-year stagnancy inside a cool, dry barn, completely protected from the elements, the body of the car is completely rust free and aside from a few nicks and dings common for a daily driver, the factory-original paint is in impeccable condition. Under the hood, the Dodge’s 217 cu.in, 87-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine is still in fine working order, and a sticker from a local Texaco service station affixed to the windshield indicates that the Deluxe was fully serviced just 2,000 miles before being retired to the barn. [Hat tip to Rock517 for the story]
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