Lyle was a real car lover but Joyce probably didn’t care what she drove as long as it got her where she wanted to go. They never seemed to keep their vehicles for very long but that might be because, in the early years of their marriage, cars just didn’t last that long. Here’s a list of the vehicles Dana remembers them owning. He’d appreciate corrections to the list plus anecdotes about the vehicles. Enjoy…
Their first car was a 1939 4-door Chevrolet, which was later purchased by Joyce’s brother, Carl. In the photo below, Lyle poses with Marianne in the driveway of the the original pre-1960 38 W 2nd S house.
1952 light yellow Mercury 4-door. In January 2015, had a chance to visit with Carl about Lyle and Joyce’s first vehicles. Here’s what he had to say:
“I got his 39 Chevy, that was given to me and I drove that for a long time. He had a yellow Mercury, 1952 yellow Mercury, well he always insisted that I take that car ‘girlin’ and so I did, I’d take that car ‘girlin.’ I mean that was a ‘cat car.'”
This is the first car Marianne and Dana remember. It looks like the ’52 Merc hauled a lot of stuff!
1957 Mercury Montclair, 4-door, two-tone green, push-button automatic transmission
1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe with Mercury flathead V-8 and dual ignition, “three on the tree” transmission, pick-up rear end
- This is the car Dana still wishes Lyle had kept! The ’40 Ford was a favorite of moonshine runners because it was light and fast. Lyle sold it for $500 a few months before Dana got his driver’s license because he was nervous that Dana would get killed in it.
- Lyle rolled this car on the corner near where Junior Miller would build his new home overlooking Hyrum Dam. Lyle and Dana had been fishing on the creek above the dam. Dana was carrying a shotgun and asked Lyle if he could just go ahead and walk home. Lyle thought he’d asked if he could “walk ahead”, so panicked when he couldn’t find Dana. Dana still remembers driving with Joyce to find Lyle and nervously peering inside the overturned car.
1964 Pontiac Bonneville, 4-door hard top, “sunfire red” with a white top, cream fake leather interior, “reverberating” radio with rear speakers
- Dana remembers when Lyle and Joyce bought this car in Logan at a dealer located where Custom Muffler and Speed would later locate. It cost $4,200 and was the car in which Dana got his first speeding ticket.
1963 GMC pick-up, light blue with white, V-6 engine
1970 Ford Torino, 2-door, dark green, 390 engine, bought for Dana while he was on his mission but eventually given to Gordon
1975 (or so) Mercury Monarch – light yellow
1977 (?) Mercury Cougar – copper colored
mid-1970’s Dodge Dart, 4-door, two-tone yellow/beige/gold (this is the car Gordon was killed in)
mid-1970’s Jeep pick-up, dark copper color
2 Honda 3-wheelers (“Big Red” 200cc for Dad and 125cc for Mom)
1990’s Ford F250 pick-up, diesel engine, dark blue with ivory
mid-1990’s Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, 4-door, grey color
Ford Fleetwood 26-foot motorhome
1995 Chrysler Concorde, 4-door, white (this was the car Joyce had when she passed away)