'55 Buick Special Harry Laughy Jr. Fairfax, VT
When Harry Laughy Jr. was 15, he used to watch a neighbor drive this '55 Special every day, and always dreamed of owning it. Then one day the neighbor offered: "The engine's blown; it's yours for $20." Harry combined parts from two other cars and built the '55 as his first car. It took him to high school until he hesitantly sold it for a down payment on a '63 Impala 409. Sadly, the guy he sold it to never drove it; it sat beside a barn until the property was sold and was unceremoniously pushed over the bank where it sat for 30 years with no hood or windshield, and provided target practice for hunters. Harry often wandered down and sat in it to reminisce. On his 50th birthday, his wife and daughter presented him a small treasure chest full of money and a note that read: "Here's a bank roll for your Buick." After clearing some trees, the Special returned home with Harry, and is now undergoing a '60s-style hot rod resurrection.
'70 Mustang Mach 1 • John Harris • Chesnee, SC
What started as an $800 project car has been transformed into a Mach 1 so nice that John Harris' friends can't believe he still wants to drag race it occasionally with a Cleveland making horsepower numbers in the high 600s. Nevertheless, that's still the plan with the Engine Masters-inspired Cleveland engine. John wanted this car to be a complete nut-and-bolt resto because he's always liked Mach 1s, and 1970 is his birth year. Of course it hasn't all been fun. "It's been frustrating at times and some days I had to just walk away, but it's worth it when you realize you brought a car back to better-than-new condition."