Every August since 1957, car enthusiasts descend up the Solebury High School grounds in scenic New Hope, Pennsylvania for the annual car show. This two-day event features a discerning list of both domestic and foreign cars and in particular encourages winners from the Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) to participate. The AACA has strict rules for adherence to originality and vehicles judges cars in a number of different classes up to model year 1994.
As we walked along a tree-lined path of AACA winners during Saturday morning’s show, we came across Mike busily putting the final touches on his stunning 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix. When asked about his car, Mike proudly stated he has owned the car since 1981 when at the age of 19 he bought the Grand Prix with only 24K original miles in the South Philly area. Since that time, Mike drove the car 120K miles and had one thorough restoration of his car completed.
Mike’s Grand Prix came equipped with several rare options including a power bench seat and Astro Roof. While his car’s exterior needed some minor rust issues addressed and a repaint during the restoration, Mike reports that the white interior remains original, which is a testament to how well you can keep these interiors looking new if you are disciplined about it. We particularly loved how mike found a set of vintage suitcases that match the car which he uses to store his detailing supplies.
We appreciated Mike stopping in the middle of detailing his Model J to tell of both he and his car’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share about you and your ride, please drop us a line at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you and share it on the site!