These sepia line art and watercolor illustrations were done as a series to be used in the print ads and marketing brochures for this blended commercial and residential property development in Chicago. The purpose of the illustrations was to present the atmosphere and ambiance of the development to prospective renters, buyers and investors.
I bought this early 1970′s pickup new from a Toyota dealer on Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. It was a bright yellow with black trim, featuring bucket seats, a 5-speed manual transmission , 2 rear wheel drive, and 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine. This version had the “long bed” option which I believe gave you 6 feet clear inside the bed. I added custom mag wheels, BF Goodrich Radial TA tires, wood bed rails and a tonneau cover. It was a lot of fun to drive.
This car I bought from a Frito-Lay executive that had moved up to the Chicago area from Texas, and brought the car with him. It was sitting in his garage with flat tires, a bad battery and a few other problems. I bought it “as is” and got it running and drove it away. During the years I owned and drove it I repainted it twice, added seat covers, carpeting and other interior improvements, as well as new tires, new suspension and brakes and other necessary items.
This is probably the car most fun to drive of any I have ever owned. It was fast and handled great. I sold this car to an illustrator friend of mine within the first year after I got married in 1980.
I also did a cutaway illustration of this car.
I bought this car from a student at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. She would baby sit for us from time to time, and arrive at our house in this car. When she graduated, I asked what she was going to do with it, and she said, “sell it.” It had been purchased literally from a little old lady in her home Lutheran church by her father, the pastor. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity, and bought it.
The very interesting thing about this car was that even though it was a 4-door sedan, and not an SS model, it had a 396 V8 big block Chevy engine, with a 2-bbl carb on it. So, it ran on regular gas quite well, and got fairly decent gas mileage… and it had plenty of horsepower. I was a lot of fun to drive.
I took this car to Road America one summer with a couple of my boys to work as “corner workers” at the Alpha Club of Chicago time trials and races. During the lunch hour breaks, they let us corner workers drive our cars on the track. We had a blast barreling around that track for a half hour or so. I think I got it up in the 90′s on the straightaways but had to slow down sooner than other cars because of the cars weight and that it only had disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the back!
I put on Cragar mag wheels and BF Goodrich Radial TA’s, which were popular back in the 60′s when muscle cars were so popular. Everything else was still original: paint, interior, radio, trunk, etc.
I eventually sold it to a friend at church who used it as a project car for himself and his sons to work on.
The only photos I have found so far of my 1963 VW Bug, are these two which feature our family dog (Taffy), with the VW in the background! My Dad got this car from a friend in partial payment for helping to paint his house. The interior was full of paint cans and stains as it had been used as a paint contractors “truck.”
We bought lots of replacement parts from J.C. Whitney, and replaced the fenders and repainted the car black. In 1970, when I turned 16, I got a job as a draftsman for an engineering firm after school and Saturdays. I needed a car for this job, so I drove this VW to and from school and work every day… for around 2 years.