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Danny Plotkin

Spouse: Mollie

Residence and home town: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Email: 413-237-9629

Travelor's Aid?: Absolutely

Tenure In Club: Since 2019

Current Stable: 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special, 1960 Buick Electra sedan, 1960 Chrysler 300 F coupe, 1961 Plymouth Savoy 2 door sedan with Sonoramic Commando (440 .30 over with 300 F induction system, headers, 727 torqueflight, B body rear, 1962 Pontiac Bonneville Vista (4 door hardtop), 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, 1963.5 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Fastback, 1965 Corvette L78 convertible (396), 1968 Chrysler New Yorker 2 door

Work: Partner in a real estate development, brokerage and leasing firm. I specialize in Automotive Real Estate and new store development for one of the major national tire retailers and one of the three major retail auto parts store operators.

Other Clubs: Cadillac LaSalle Club, Pontiac Oakland Club and very active on the

History: Begins by realizing that different cars have different starter motor sounds. By 6 I could tell a Chevy from other GMs and any Ford product, all post 1961 Chrysler products, and the sound of any Oldsmobile V8 by its exhaust note. I am aware I am not alone in this. Soon the rear wheel well opening designs seemed to me to be a car's "expression." It got stranger as time went on. My history with Chrysler products began late as I had been raised in a family with a Dad steadfast in opposition to owning any Chrysler built automobile. My Dad had yet to experience a Chrysler product and knew of them only through hearing them fail to start in damp motel parking lots. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah…Grrrrrrr he would say tauntingly when I asked him to consider one. Then he would ask me "…didn't they invent electronic ignition or something? "
My Dad owned some whoppers, a 69 XL, 70 Marquis Brougham and a 71 Toronado. But when the first fuel crisis hit he joined the church of small sensible cars, a pair of Volvos came and then a Mazda GLC. Remember those? The Great Little Car? My Dad bought one for the name. He didn't seem to mind that it could not climb a grade with the AC on.
My one and only chance to get my Dad interested in a Chrysler car came and went in an instant. One of the Volvos needed its monthly week in the service department for fuel injection recalcitrance. The loaner was a new 1974 Plymouth Satellite Sebring +. I loved that fuselage B body and wanted my Dad to love it too. But on the way to the dry cleaners the bench adjuster failed and the front seat with my Dad, little sister and I flew forward shoving us into the dash and my Dad into the wheel. My Father turned to me in silence. We would never speak of Chrysler again.

I Bet You Didn't Know: I hate convertibles, even though I own 2. I don't like riding around without a top and a convertible invariably departs from the pure form of original roofline design. (Think 60-61 F & G coupes vs. convertible, 1963-67 Corvette Coupe vs. convertible).

Other information: I used to work for the Telephone company, I collect antique phones, radios and use a 1949 Admiral TV as a side table. My two favorite engines in the world are the Chrysler B/RB and the Buick Nail head.


August, 2023