I love my Impala. I often refer to it as my "girlfriend," though I don't say that in front of my wife. She doesn't like the car, but it's my "retiree" toy these days. Since I was only 11 the year "she" was born, that means she's about three years older than my body hair! LOL!
I also refer to her in the feminine sense because the original owner was a lady in New York state who bought her brand new and kept her till she died sometime in the late '80s or early '90s. It was passed on to her surviving son who kept it for a short while before selling it to the man I bought it from. In it's history it was driven very seldom and garaged most of its life. Only a little over 70,000 original miles on the odometer when I bought her.
I wish I knew the name of the original owner. A couple of years back, when I removed the original carpeting and put in new, I found an old quarter stuck under the original carpet right below the driver's side seat bracket where she likely dropped it way back when. Why would I think that? Because it was a 1958 silver quarter. And, starting in 1964, silver quarters were no longer minted with pure silver but a combination of silver and copper. Therefore, considering the length of time she owned the car and how seldom she drove it, she is the most likely person to have dropped the coin where it fell and to have done so back around that time period.
I made a special magnetized plaque, the size of a business card, and mounted the coin on it with this caption: "To honor the memory of the lady who first owned this Impala. This coin was found, trapped, beneath the driver's side seat support and under the original carpet . . . where she likely dropped it many years ago."
The plaque now rests on top of the dash, driver's side and just under the bottom of the windshield for all to see.
Happy motoring, Craig!