Mindy H 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4dr Hardtop Sedan

Don't tell my I can't pursue my dream

Growing up my father worked for General Motors and therefore my parents always drove an Oldsmobile and more specifically a Cutlass Supreme. I've always loved the style and lines of the Cutlass and dreamed of owning my own someday. My husband and I attended a local car show one summer day about 8 years ago and I came across a beautiful 1971 Cutlass. Seeing this brought back memories of growing up and all the memories my family made in that old Cutlass. I got an idea in my head that I needed to have a piece of my childhood that brought back so many wonderful memories of simpler times. Of course from the start my husband was not on board with my idea. He pretty much told me that he was not in agreement and would not allow me to purchase my dream car. He thought I was crazy. How will I fund the restoration? Neither my husband or I are mechanically inclined and we knew all restoration work would have to be hired out. Knowing how costly this can be my husband wanted nothing to do with it. Well he didn't know it at the time but his disbelief in me fueled my desire even that much more and I was determined to find the car of my dreams. After weeks of research I finally found what I had been looking for. This car was in fairly good shape but needed some work. I drove 4 hours one way sight unseen, other than a few pictures on the internet, to pick her up. When I arrived I immediately knew this was meant to be. I felt that "don't I know you from somewhere" feeling when I first laid eyes on her. Some may thing it odd but I really felt like this car was destined to be mine. There was plenty of cosmetic work that needed to be done but to me it was a diamond in the rough. I drove the car the 4 hours back home with a smile on my face the entire trip. When my husband finally laid eyes on it he was pleasantly surprised that I had found a really solid car and I could see the excitement in his eyes although he still was not on board. I assured him that it would be ok and that I was taking on a second job to fund the restoration completely by myself. Since I knew I'd need plenty of money to fix it up I went out and got a second job working part time at a local convenience store. This would be my "car money". It has taken some 8 years to complete everything that needed to be done but I wouldn't change a minute of it. Don't get me wrong, there were just as many downs as there were ups but I now have the car I've always dreamed of. My husband did finally came on board with the project once he started seeing the transformations being made. Today he's happy I made the decision to pursue my dream even though he didn't fully support me. We both enjoy driving around on a beautiful summer day in our restored 1971 Cutlass. There's nothing like it in the world.

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