Miss Dodge is as dependable as a 59-year-old car can be, and on the day I took her out for the money-making flea-market excursion she did her job. She attracted lots of attention. So much so that leaf-peeping photographers who stopped to take pictures of the scenic vista also found a subject in Miss Dodge. At one point, I moved her into the shade so a group of shutterbugs could have better light and background for their photos.
I didn’t make much money that afternoon selling my vintage treasures, but Miss Dodge was a real showstopper.
As for my trip to Cape Cod, while there, I visited former car-racer Bill Putnam at his classic automobile museum. Putnam owns more than 50 classic and antique sports cars ranging from Lotuses, Triumphs and Jaguars to MGs, Austin Healeys, Ferraris and more. They were flashy and fabulous, but I wouldn’t trade my old girl Miss Dodge for any or all of them.
Julie Robinson Robards is an antiques journalist and dealer living in Upper Jay. She is the author of two published books on celluloid, an advisor to several antique price guides and a writer for AntiqueWeek Newspaper since 1995. She may be reached through her website www.celluloidforever.co.