It’s not uncommon for automakers to seek inspiration from previous models for their current offerings – especially when it comes to performance vehicles. What is a bit more rare is for the owners of the modern machines to seek out those earlier versions their high-tech cruisers were based on. One such enthusiast is Cliff Steif, who nabbed a 2003 Chevrolet SSR and then realized he had to have its predecessor – a 1947 3100 pickup. After both received a thorough going-over, the rolling result is a pair of custom haulers whose subtle decades-apart differences are hardly ever noticed.
With the Mid West preparing for another round of heavy snow, it seemed like the perfect time to be thinking, and dreaming, about all those special places where our favorite classic cruisers get parked to wait out the arctic winter months. One such garage-mahal belongs to classic-car enthusiast John Petras. This is where he keeps his drool-worthy rides, such as a ’66 Candy Apple Red Ford Thunderbird, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 1957 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight. While he’s waiting for that sweet spring thaw, he cranks up Oldies music on his vintage jukebox (a key element of any great garage) and wastes away those dark winter months until he’s back behind the wheel and hitting the open highway.
Want more details on his vintage auto retreat? Read the special in the Daily Herald.