I am not a big ghosts and goblins guy but that doesn’t mean I am completely free of opinions and feelings on the subject. Every personal alarm bell that I have goes off when I see a car like this 1955 Chevy Bel Air wagon which was supposedly a car used to move Lee Harvey Oswald around in and a car that he actually took driving lessons in. His rifle was transported in the back and all of this was done by an innocent woman who had no idea that she was carting around one of the most infamous people in US history (conspiracy theorists may not agree). The car belonged to a Dallas, Texas area woman named Ruth Paine. It was during the 1963 time frame of the assassination that Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife Marina was living with Mrs. Paine. Apparently she and Oswald were on the outs and he was trying to mend fences.
Anyway, the car came up during the Warren Commission hearings when people were interviewed about Oswald. His barber mentioned that he had driven it to the place which got everyone all excited because to that point it was believed that he did not know how to drive. Apparently later in the investigation it was learned that Ruth Paine had been giving Oswald driving lessons in this very car so maybe that’s where he got his abilities from. Either way, the whole thing is creepy. At least to me it is.
The car itself is a great resto candidate because it is 100% original and intact. It has lots of patina and it needs lots of work but it is as complete a 1955 Chevy Bel Air wagon as you will ever find at this point in time. The only catch is that you have to live with the fact that it was a bit player in one of the most infamous acts in American history and the tools of that heinous crime were actually transported in the rear of it. Would anyone brag about this car’s history? I know I couldn’t.
I never advocate for things to be destroyed and I certainly wouldn’t like that end for this car, but I also wouldn’t pay a nickel to see it at a car show with a board in front of it proudly outlining its history. Tub it, put a twin turbo big block in the front of it and have some hot rod fun while exercising the demons that this one may possess!
Thanks to Justin Oney for the tip!
CHECK OUT WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE A COOL 1955 CHEVY BEL AIR WAGON INSTEAD IT IS A CREEP SHOW OF THE HIGHEST ORDER –