KINGSPORT — A rare 1931 Dodge sedan with a V8 engine, original upholstery and 69,000 original miles will make its car show debut at the 37th annual Allandale Car Show on Sunday.
Owned now by local automobile enthusiast Sam Hauk, the car was tagged by its original owner in Pennsylvania until the late 1960s.
After the man died, it changed hands a couple of times and was largely relegated to garage life, out of sight, for 30 years or more, Hauk said.
“The last time it was registered was 1968,” Hauk said. “It was in garage up there for a long time,” Hauk said. “Finally, his kids sold it. And when (another collector) went up there to get it, the tires were flat. He got the tires up, only to realize the building had settled over the years and the door opening had settled with it. They had to let the air back out of the tires to maneuver the car out. I bought it about 10 or 12 years ago. I started working on it and got it running. I put it back in the garage and decided to wait until I retired to get it back out. I finally got it back out this summer. It’s all there. It’s got all original upholstery. It’s getting tattered. But it is there.”
Hauk said he’s only seen one similar model in all his years of going to car shows.
“It’s a rare one because for its time it was an expensive car,” Hauk said. “Most cars at the time had a V6 engine. This model has a V8. They didn’t make a lot of eight-cylinder cars. They cost about twice what the Chevrolets and Fords cost, so they did not sell a lot of them. In 1931 you could buy a new Ford of Chevrolet for $500-some. This car was $1,200.”
Dan’l Boone Region Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) is the sponsoring organization for the Allandale Car Show, which typically attracts hundreds of entrants and always draws crowds of participants and onlookers, rain or shine.
The show is open to antiques, street rods, “classics,” sports cars, trucks, motorcycles, and special interest cars and trucks.
The Dan’l Boone Region club’s members encourage anyone with a vehicle in any of those categories to consider bringing it out for show Sunday.
Hauk’s car is a featured vehicle, highlighting the show’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of Dodge automobiles.
The Dan’l Boone Region club is an affiliate of the 60,000-member-strong Antique Automobile Club of America.
The Allandale Car Show is open to all vehicles for a $12 advance registration fee, which increases to $15 day of show. The fee includes two adult admissions.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Sunday and continues until 1 p.m., with an awards presentation at 4 p.m.
In addition to the car show, there will be automobile related displays inside the mansion, door prizes, car awards, dash plaques, children’s prizes, music, entertainment, food and lots of camaraderie.
There’s a $2 per adult “spectator donation” to enter the grounds.
Children under 12 are admitted free. Pets, alcoholic beverages and bicycles are not allowed at the event.
For more information call Wayne Lambert at 423-378-3358 or Dave Williams at 423-765-1095.