Sam’s Safe Car

Sam’s Safe Car

Most mornings, I take my kids to school in my ’39 Ford sedan. I wouldn’t do so if I didn’t live in an area that makes that safely possible. Quite literally, my trip to school involves two lonely country roads, two stop lights, and that’s it. Even so, I put a latch system in the back of the car so that I could safely strap in child seats and I drive like an old man whenever my two whipper snappers are onboard. I’ve found that driving kids around in an old car is really a delicate balance between environment and safety equipment. As much as I want to play the roll of a “bad ass” hot rodder, I don’t take any chances when it comes to my kids. I just don’t.

And so I found this article in the 1957 Custom Cars Annual pretty interesting. It’s a custom Chevy ‘vert that Sam Barris built with a purpose – to haul kids in style. By today’s standards, it’s not exactly safe. BUT, by yesterday’s standards it’s a Volvo with looks. I particularly love the child seat up front complete with steering wheel so that the little one can feel completely involved.


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