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May 2017 Feature Car


If you have never seen an example of this month's feature car in person it's not surprising! I'm sure it's safe to say that the majority of our membership hasn't seen a 1967 Beaumont station wagon given the extremely low production of this car. How many survive? Michael Aeberhardt's owns this beautiful surviving example of a 1967 Beaumont Custom station wagon. The car has been in Micheal's family since 1968 and has been meticulously cared for since. It's such a pleasure to feature this car and with such rarity it's likely the only such Beaumont that we will ever have in the spotlight. Michael tells us more:

 

The wagon was purchased in Nanaimo by my parents when it was about 1 year old and was driven mostly by my mother.  Dad drove a Hillman and had a mid 60’s SWB C10.

 Over its lifetime my father took meticulous care of the wagon and to this day I can still hear him saying make sure there is nothing sharp in your back pockets – the interior is original as is the rest of the car.

 

 

 

 I think the carb was off to be cleaned and serviced and that the tranny had the bands tightened at Marino’s in Nanaimo but basically nothing more than that.  The back window broke at one point in time and dad sourced one from the US (I believe) back in the days of no internet.

 The license plate is original to the car.  At some point in time my father had some minor body work done and had the car completely repainted but was then too concerned about scratches so the wagon was relegated to the garage where it sat for years.  It was hardly ever driven after that.  When my father passed suddenly my brother and I went through the car and made it roadworthy for his funeral.  After the funeral the car again sat for about 20 years until a few years ago when I had it brought back to life.  It created a bit of buzz at the mechanics shop because of the simplicity in this day and age of circuit boards.  So overall the car was in storage for about 25 years or so.

I have a copy of the original build sheet and the car is 1 of 325 so somewhat rare with a few nice options.

 Funny story about the color.  I had the car out recently and a chap stopped to look at it and we ended up in conversation where he proceeded to tell me that the car was originally blue and was quite emphatic about it.  Turns out that he was wrong smile!

A neat thing about the wagon is that I learned to drive in it back when I was 16 – took my exam in it too and hit the Cassidy Drive In a few times.  The Drive In is long gone now.

 

 

 I drove it to high school back in the early 80’s and can remember dad always saying park in the corner or on an end spot to avoid door dents.  Well I didn’t one time and came out and the car had been moved – thanks dad for instilling in me at an early age the value of looking after things.

Every once in awhile my mother takes the wagon out to coffee – she is in her mid 70’s.  Happened to pass her on the road one day – kinda cool to see her driving it.

Since getting the car back on the road it has been taken out only on sunny days – no surprise there.  I must say I am amazed at the attention it gets but even moreso how the car isn’t really that big compared to the cars on the road nowadays – my mom’s Mazda 3 is about 1 foot shorter.  I have had folks hang out windows and follow me home to chat about it – must say it brings a smile to my face and only wish my dad was around to partake in it.  

The 283 is all original – no work has been done to it and I have not done anything to clean up the engine bay.  Car is numbers matching with no accidents.  It needs some work done but not much considering its age.  The original am radio works rather well.  Some new rubber window seals would help but then again it is a summer ride.

The new rims and tires were purchased in Nanaimo - thanks to Tim Mitten at Big-O in Nanaimo for helping me to see the light about keeping it old school with the 15’s.  I was thinking 17’s.  The 14’s on there were kinda flat after sitting for so many years so the new rubber really did a great job of making it much more pleasurable to drive.  

Both my brother and I have a daughter each so not sure what will happen to the wagon in the future – I can’t imagine them being interested in it.  Now if it had a roundel on it well they would be I am sure.  For now it will enjoy summer outings for many years to come neatly tucked away over the cooler months.  Would like to take it up to Peachland for the May cruise event sometime soon.

Anyone interested in connecting is more than welcome to do so and can send me an e-mail at dempsterguy@gmail.com.

Michael

 



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Great to see your car featured and would love to see you in Peachland. I remember talking to you about it there 4 or 5 years ago. Congrats on being top of the page and thanks for sharing your story.

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Great looking wagon and story. I like it!

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Love the car and the story. Great to see it so well cared for for so long. Enjoy!

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Beautiful unique car, its so interesting to observe the originality. Love the story, and all the memories you had with the car and your father too, thanks for sharing with us.

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Sweet looking long roof!



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nice to see it featured in my home town,had a 67 custom wagon that was BLUE and it is still here in qualicum sitting in a yard i still have the build sheet for that one 1 0f 325wagoon looks great! timbuk

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I was waiting for this beauty to be the feature car! One of the best on the site!



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Great car and story! Just the right size. I had a 66 Malibu wagon that I ran the wheels off and boy what a fun car. (327 with a three on the tree)  

Brought back many pleasant memories.



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very nice....biggrin   congratulations



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......very nice ride.......congrats to you and your family keeping it close. Survivor cars are more and more popular today,

it's great to see what we drove so many years ago.

 



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Really nice wagon. I also like the history.

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Beautiful car and a great story. Congratulations, one of my favorite cars.
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What a great car, and you did a bangup job telling us the story about it, THANK YOU!

Funny side note, Beaumontguru and I did some travelling together this weekend and at one point we discussed exactly this car and how cool we think it is. Then I walk in the door tonight when I get home, log in to Canadian Poncho and what's staring me in the face at the top of the page???!!!

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Very very nice. 

Our '99 GMC Suburban was bought brand new for my wife to use as a family wagon, never towed or strained, this story has given me resolve to keep and restore it as a lasting family history.



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Very worthy of being top of the page.
I'm a real softy for original survivors, especially ones that stay in the same family.
Thanks for sharing the story of this car and your family.

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Nice car! It is a pleasure to read about your family's history with your car, it is certainly like a family heirloom! 325 built, I have to wonder how many are left that are road worthy and as nice as this car. I always liked a wagon, my family never had one, but this 67 Beaumont is a sweet original car!

Jake

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i learned to drive at the wheel of a 67 beaumont wagon that my dad bought at empress motors in chilliwack in 67. ours wasn't a custom. just a plain jane white with blue interior

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Beauty car and great story! Will have to keep an eye open for it on the Island.

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Great looking car Michael. Love the wagons. Great story of the history, it is fantastic to have had that car all those years and it to be in such great shape. Shows that your father appreciated a good vehicle.

My father had a 57 which he loved. We use to go to the Cascade Drive-in  when I was a youngster. Enjoy!

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Mike, there is no doubt that you have done your papa proud. Family car stories like this always struck a cord with me and always will. Your families time machine is a beauty and i wish you and your family many more happy and healthy miles with it. I LOVE IT !!! Cheers. George



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So Sharp ! What a great car and a great story !

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67's are the best looking Beaumonts and this one is very special, nice to see people appreciate the car and keep it so original.

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Very nice car. Has great all
Around style. I hope to see it in a couple car shows
on the island. I will be looking for it for sure. Your fathers pasion
will live on through your families. Great story ...

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Great car and an even better story to go with it, hopefully you'll make it to Peachland and I can see it in person.

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