If life is a highway, John Meredith of Harrodsburg looks good driving down it in his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu. The fully restored classic car features clean lines, a sleek paint job, a flawless interior and a trunk full of memories.
For Meredith, the car is more than just a timeless beauty. He purchased it in 1967, the year after he graduated from Mercer County High School. He keeps his graduation tassel hanging on his rearview mirror, a reminder of the time he and his car have shared together.
Meredith and his wife, Glenda, remember cruising the roads, enjoying their first dates together at the Dairy Dip in Danville and even celebrating their honeymoon in the Chevelle. Now, as they look forward to their 40th wedding anniversary, the car is still by their side.
"Same wife, same car," Meredith says with a laugh.
The only time Meredith has been without his prized Chevy was in the 18 months it took to complete the restoration process. Meredith was sure to keep it original, maintaining the exterior and interior colors, the radio, the hubcaps and even the spare tire. He also held on to all of the original paperwork.