’71 AMC Gremlin
Emily Kiessling • Waterloo, WI
Nineteen-year-old Emily Kiessling says she wishes her Gremlin had a 401 and ran 11-second quarter-mile e.t.’s, and that it had no body roll on a road course, but it doesn’t. Nevertheless, she says she was the only eighth grader with a car, and that alone makes up for a whole host of performance deficiencies in our book. Emily picked up this particular Gremlin in her freshman year. The Wisconsin car, says Emily, was unusually mint: “Normally a Wisconsin car would be toast, but the guy who inherited it went to prison and the car spent its life in a barn.” Since nicknamed “Fred,” Emily’s Gremmy was voted coolest car in her high school, mostly due to Emily’s hard work disassembling, sanding, painting, and restoring the AMC (of course, with her dad’s help). The green straight-six Gremlin was restored just in time for Emily to go to college, and was, in fact, the subject of her entrance exam essay. Apparently, it made quite an impression, as the dean mentioned it specifically in his annual freshman orientation speech!
BobbiLynn Gutermuth Washington, IL
When car owner Chuck Grice purchased his ’67 Chevy Impala from the original owner in 1979, it was painted black, had huge orange flames, and sported a red velour interior. “I can remember when taking my kids to school in it they wanted to be dropped off at least two blocks away so their friends wouldn’t see them get out,” Chuck writes. “It was strange looking and smoked a lot.” In the 32 years he’s owned it, Chuck (who hails from Canton, Illinois) has done extensive body, paint, and interior work to the fullsize Chevy, and added one of GM Performance Parts’ ZZ4 crate motors to the mix. We wish we knew more about the Impy’s model, 18-year-old BobbiLynn Gutermuth; all we can say is she’s a friend of the photographer, Mark Postin (57) of Plainfield, and you can see more of her at www.Facebook.com/BobbiGutermuth!
Rick Steere’s story on his 400ci ’67 GTO is just plain incredible. Twelve years ago, he got a call from his 65-year-old mother. Like a bolt from the blue, she decided she must have a classic GTO as a daily driver, and he needed to find one for her. (Hey, remember at the top of the story when we said none of us is getting any younger? At least someone is paying attention.) Rick didn’t think she was serious, but mom kept hounding him week after week, month after month. Finally, Rick saw a classified ad asking $10K for a ’67 GTO, and offered to take his mother out to look at it. Rick couldn’t wait to show her how crappy a $10K GTO would be—maybe it would finally dissuade her of the idea. But wouldn’t you know, the old Goat was in great condition (the car, silly), and she got the price down to $8,300! Rick’s mom drove it for the next five years just in the condition she bought it. Then Rick got a call from mom—she wanted to sell. Rick snagged it for $10K, then performed a full restoration—that’s how we see it now as modeled by Rick’s friend, 27-year-old Lily Broders.