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Gotta’ Love this American Ride

Brayden Logan
On July 9, 2022

Do you have any memories of driving around in a classic vehicle with one of your parents or grandparents? Then Harold Warp’s Pioneer Village is the perfect place to visit to relive that nostalgia. There is a plethora of classic American vehicles to look at Chevrolets, Fords, and Dodges. We have them all.

Of all these vehicles, one of the most popular is the 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic. This unique car was donated to the Village by Theodore Tuschinsky of Indianapolis, Indiana. It was driven in perfect condition from Indy all the way to Minden in 1989. It has been frozen in time since then for you to come to see it in that same perfect condition.

The history of this car began when it rolled out of the assembly line as the 11,404th Caprice in 1975. This Caprice came with the optioned 2-door convertible model. It has a 350 cubic inch motor under the hood with a 2-barrel carburetor that puts out 145 horsepower. The 350 motors from GM are one of the most iconic motors ever made in American history. GM used this as their staple motor for about 40 years as an option or the standard in almost all their vehicles. It is widely renowned for its toughness and longevity.

The 1st and 2nd generation Caprices were the biggest cars ever made in United States auto history. The Arab Oil Embargo of late 1973 made American auto manufacturers start to make smaller more fuel-efficient cars, so this Caprice was one of the first vehicles that suffered from lower horsepower and better fuel efficiency. Then the 3rd and 4th generation Caprices were made much smaller compared to the first generations. Still, they were much bigger than modern cars today before they were discontinued in 1996.

My personal story of classic American cars started when I was 14 years old. My father and I went to buy what would end up being my first vehicle. It was a 1987 Chevy V10 Silverado that was in near-perfect condition. It was red, lifted, and had 35-inch BF Goodrich mud tires. I will never forget the day we went home with it — the rumble of the pure American muscle the engine put out, the smell of the interior, and, most of all, the head turns of people in awe as we drove by. The memories I made driving all over Nebraska with my father and grandfather will never be forgotten, I can still live them through my imagination to this day. Then, I went on to make my own memories when I was finally able to drive in high school and create more memories with friends. I know there are many other people that now share memories they made in an old square body in high school.

Now we have acquired a 1976 Chevy Chevelle Laguna S-3 and I have already started making more memories with my 16-year-old sister. It is very similar to this Caprice. Creating more memories in yet another American Classic. There is nothing comparable for people to experience these classic vehicles and the memories created driving these antiques.

If you have a story about your American Classic, please share it with us as these are the stories that connect us as Americans as a whole. We would love to hear your story and have you for a visit down memory lane to view these timeless vehicles at Pioneer Village.

Brayden Logan
A Student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as part of Heather Nelson’s Service Learning Academy class.

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