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July 24, 2009

Autobiography

His 1931 Essex rumble-seat coupe is rust-free and almost completely original

Essex

OWNER: Bernie Rhoades, Edgewood

OCCUPATION: Architect

CAR'S YEAR, MAKE AND MODEL: 1931 Essex rumble-seat coupe

"I LOVE MY CAR BECAUSE... I brought it to life and drove it around Grand Junction (Colo.) High School in 1954-55. It was then parked in a barn for 25 years. Although I threw a bucket of paint at it years ago, it has never needed restoration. With 65,000 actual miles, it's always been protected, thus no rust, with (almost) everything original."

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