Ray White Antique Cars
An Alabama Oasis
Leroy Drittler - October 24, 2013 10:00 AM
1 A lot of parts have been removed from this 1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop including the engine and transmission. It is mostly rust colored now, but came from the factory with Azure Aqua paint and Aqua vinyl interior.
2 This 1964 Studebaker Lark would be a great parts car or could be restored. It has a good interior and the keys are in the ignition.
3 Power windows were standard on this 1967 Imperial and it is also equipped with optional $70.70 power door locks. The interior is in decent condition and there is an ashtray on every door for passenger convenience.
4 The floors are rusted through on this 1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Special, but there are good parts remaining including a decent grille and front bumper.
5 Lots of good parts remain on a 1956 Chrysler sedan including the nice grille.
6 A 1952 Ford is very rusty and has very few good parts left, so it may not be in the yard much longer.
7 A 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 sedan would make a good parts car.
8 Parts removal has started on this 1957 Ford Fairlane 500, so if you see anything you need, it could be available.
9 Buick introduced the compact Special in 1961 with styling related to the larger Buicks, especially noticeable on the front end. A full-page ad in the April 1961 issue of Motor Trend magazine touted the new aluminum V-8 engine and optional transmission with aluminum housing.
10 This 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 sedan has factory air conditioning.
11 The engine and transmission are gone from this 1968 Chevrolet Impala.
12 A 1964 Falcon four-door sedan looks almost too good to part out.
13 The bucket seats are still inside this 1964 Buick Skylark V-6 two-door hardtop.
14 The interior looks better than the exterior of this ’48 Chevrolet Fleetmaster. The seats have been redone in gray and maroon fabric.
15 A lot of exterior chrome has been removed from this 1950 Hudson Commodore 6. On the inside, there is still a nice original steering wheel.
16 This 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Flattop hardtop is rusty and banged up, but a few pieces could still be salvaged.
17 A 1959 Mercury Montclair has lots of good trim and a decent grille available.
18 This 1956 Chrysler New Yorker is strictly a parts car. The engine is gone and the dash, including the push button transmission gear selector, has been removed.
19 A nice grille center is available on this 1956 Studebaker Commander.
20 This 1963 Valiant station wagon is a complete vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission.
21 This 1965 Plymouth Fury III has factory air and an automatic transmission.
Our travels have taken us into the state of Alabama in search of great yards to feature for the enjoyment of our readers. We found one at Ray White Antique Cars in Vinemont.
During our recent visit to White’s yard, he was cleaning it out and sending loose parts and some rusted, parted-out vehicles to the crusher. White says he does this occasionally to keep the yard clean. Loose scattered parts are always being picked up and the grass is mowed regularly. You also don’t have to worry about stepping in mud holes or spilled petroleum fluids when you walk in White’s yard, because there are none.
White says he has been in the car business on and off for 25 years. He emphasized he is semi-retired now and only open for business on Fridays and Saturdays, so please don’t show up any other day. If the dog doesn’t get you first, you’ll be told to come back when the yard is open. The yard is not open to unescorted browsing.
White has an inventory of about 400 vehicles ranging from a ’37 model to the ’80s. Many of them are for sale only as a complete vehicle, but White says he will take parts off of some vehicles where part removal has already begun. Like most operators, White has some of the better vehicles stored inside, including a rust-free original ’50 Ford, but they are all for sale.