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Old 05-13-2011, 08:28 PM
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Thumbs up Frankie Avalon..

I knew Richie Valens had the 1958 Convertible, but I didn't know Frankie Avalon had a 1959???

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Old 05-15-2011, 07:39 PM
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Jon didn't you know that all the " cool guys " drove TBirds
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:51 AM
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Still do. Mike
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:04 PM
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Yes frankie was a original squarebird guy. If you ask him he wishes
he could have his 59 back. (it was stolen) . and he will get it back
im certain.
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Send him this link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1959-...item3cb804a18d

It might be in his neighborhood
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"These numbers included a 20% add for the 352 300 horse motor"

yeah, it's always good to have an engine........
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"These numbers included a 20% add for the 352 300 horse motor"

yeah, it's always good to have an engine........
Ahh yes, for that 20% you get some nice "blue sky". Mike
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Hey, ya know what I missed? they show the vin # and it was (is) a J code.
well a 430 would be a plus........
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It's very confusing what Squarebird was associated with Ritchie Valens. I know the movie had a light-blue '59 convertible and the Monogram model kit was a '58 convertible (I guess they didn't want to change the '58,which they had produced years earlier, into a '59), but the only pictures I have seen of Ritchie accompanied by a Squarebird (2 pictures) it was a '58 hardtop. According to various websites he did not even own the T-bird but it belonged to his manager.
Other singers who had T-Birds were Dion and Cliff Richards.
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Richie Valens received his 1958 Tbird convert as a gift from the Deltone Record company. Years ago I was involve in a thread posted on the Squarebirds@yahoo group and in June of 1998 Alan Tast wrote me with his reply;

"Valens' car was a '58: supposedly it had been found and restored by a family in Alabama or a neighboring state, and was shown at the 1993 VTCI International Convention in Bloomington, MN. The owner noted that they had chatted with Valens' family about the car's lineage in their quest to determine the history of the ragtop.

When "La Bamba" was made in the late '80s, the transportation people assigned to the production probably were having a hard time finding a blue '58 convertible in southern California that matched the specifications of Valens' car. Ergo, the next-best thing would be to use something that looked close, i.e. '59, which is more plentiful (in relative terms) than a '58. So, they did the best that they could when assembling their props and such. It should also be considered that when it comes to "little" details like if it's a '58 or '59, many movie producers/ directors could care less, as long as they can tell the story: I'm sure they probably didn't know the difference between them, either. ;-)"

Also in June 1998 Jim Cockerman of Jimstbirds wrote me;

"The 1959 Thunderbird that was supposedly used in the movie La Bamba was bought in Texas and was driven back to North Carolina with no problems. The car now resides in Gastonia, North Carolina. Since the purchase of the car, an air conditioning system has been installed by Jim's T-Bird Parts and Service in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has also kept up the maintenance on this beautiful car. The car has also appeared at the Charlotte Auto Fair on different occasions. "
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