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Ultimate Frugality: Still Driving His 1929 Car.

This 84 year old really understands how to be frugal! His main piece of advice? Change the oil every 3,000 miles…that’s how he figures he kept it running for so long. His 1929 Ford Model A is still humming along. We all need to take a lesson from this guy! In our throw away society, it’s refreshing to see someone care about something so important to him, even in the face of it starting to fall apart!

“But Mr. Curtiss, 84, of Shelton, has followed the advice with the first car he ever owned, a 1929 Ford Model A; it has 200,000 miles on it and still runs. Mr. Curtiss said he was 15 in 1938 when he bought the car, which sold for $400 when new, from a Derby man for $10. It was during the Depression. “

Of course, he does own 25 other cars…but most of them are old as well.

From the NY Times


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  1. Can you imagine seeing this thing on the highway? The article said that he modified the engine when he was in high school – so the car could go over 80mph when the standard engine wouldn’t go much over 55. I can see this rickety old Model A screaming down one of our modern highways.. Hilarious.

  2. david says:

    I would LOVE to see this thing going 80. Talk about a thrill ride!

  3. JM says:

    Hmmm…I’m not so sure this demonstrates frugality–being that he owns dozens more cars!

  4. Sara says:

    LOL! What a fun story! 🙂 My husband’s car just died (and is too rusty to safely repair) and it had over 215,000 miles – and he bought it for $1600 in 2004 with 42,000 miles. He got his money out of it for sure, but still wishes it was repairable. 😉

  5. Enrique S says:

    They may not be the best as far as gas mileage goes, but I love seeing an old ’55 Chevy on the road from time to time.

  6. david says:

    I agree – some of those old cars are works of art!

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