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At 89, Mechanic Still Babies Brood Of Antique Cars

Among the 14 antique cars in 89-year-old mechanic Kenny Bell’s collection are a red 1951 Studebaker Commander convertible, a light blue 1953 Studebaker coupe and a gold 1963 Studebaker Avanti.

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Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 9.56.53 AMAmong the 14 antique cars in 89-year-old mechanic Kenny Bell’s collection are a red 1951 Studebaker Commander convertible, a light blue 1953 Studebaker coupe and a gold 1963 Studebaker Avanti.

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From the Charleston Gazette-Mail website:

He talks about them like a proud father. They’re his babies, a brood of 14. Don’t ask him to pick a favorite. From the 1934 Plymouth coupe to the ’57 Studebaker Golden Hawk, he loves them all the same.

And he won’t part with a single one. Why, that would be like selling your own flesh and blood, your sweat, your soul.

Kenny Bell has a three-story garage filled with award-winning labors of love, antique cars meticulously restored over the years by his innately capable hands.

As a boy, he tinkered, obsessively, with his father’s ’23 Dodge, taking it apart, putting it back together, again and again. “I had to know how it worked,” he said.

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A totally self-taught mechanic, he operated his own business, Bell’s Auto Repair, for years.

Click HERE to read the entire article about Kenny Bell on the Charleston Gazette-Mail website.

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