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Herbert Pickett, Jr. writing:

      In the wandering and early phase of this period, up to 1926 we had Model T Ford touring cars. They ware about all we could afford, and the touring car was generally cheaper than the rather boxy sedan.  The dominant mythology in the family was that Dad was so large and his legs so long that couldn't fit in the sedan. Any other brand was beyond our means.  Dad had a system for buying the car. He bought one a year old, drove it a year and in the spring, traded it far another one year old car for $100.  Besides, he knew the Ford, could make almost any repair on it. The competitor was the Chevrolet.  In those days, it was a terrible car. Kettering experimented with the copper cooled engine, which was a total bust.  It was a family joke that whenever we saw a broken down car, fairly frequently in those days, we could be sure it was a Chevy. If we saw a piece of iron along the road, we'd cry out, “there’s a piece of Chevrolet!”

      Dad heard of a year old Ford over in Forest Park and went off with the currant Ford and his $100.  We were appalled when he drove in the yard with a Chevrolet touring car! We all asked him why in heaven’s name did he buy a Chevrolet?  The Ford he went to see was at a Chevrolet agency, and the salesman suggested he look at the Chevy.  Dad snorted and, said he wouldn’t have that bunch of junk.  The Salesman explained to him that Chevrolet was now a part of General Motors, who were well aware of Chevy’s reputation, and aware that the Ford was woefully obsolete. The Chevrolet was a more modern car, standard transmission, larger engine, and more reliable.  So Dad bought it, and we drove it for three years.   Dad traded it in for our first sedan in 1929 from Joe Nelson in Worcester.  So the purchase of first sedan was another mark of the changing times.

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