CC Vintage: My Grandfather’s 1965 Chevrolet Bel Air – Gasp! A Non-Oldsmobile?

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I’ve stated many times before that my grandfather, Joseph Saur, was a staunch Oldsmobile man. His loyalty to this make, however, did not begin until later in life. During his earlier years, Joe Saur’s vehicles were mainly limited to used vehicles from lower-tier makes like Plymouth and Chevrolet. This picture of him was taken in June of 1967 with his ’65 Chevrolet Bel Air wagon. The front fender badge indicates that Joe’s had the “Turbo-Fire” 283 cubic-inch small-block V8 under the hood.  

According to my mother, who’s the only one I can talk to who was there during those years, this was the first new car he purchased. With his and my grandmother’s family growing, and my great-grandmother coming to live with them, a station wagon became an absolute must.