And it was sold to the original owner's grandson. Talk about coming around full circle.
Remember the 2007 Nissan Frontier that recently clocked up one million miles? This vintage Chevrolet pickup truck has also had a similarly hard life. Its owner, Bob Sportal, purchased the 1957 Chevrolet pickup truck in his early '20s back in 1976. According to Kare 11, he drove it to work at a grain elevator in Prinsberg, Minnesota, every day for 38 years until he retired.
At the time, Sportal bought the 1957 Chevy from retiring farmer John VanDerVeen who wanted to get rid of the pickup truck for the modest sum of $75. Now that Sportal has retired and no longer needs the truck, he decided to sell it to Tom Leenstra, the grandson of the late farmer who originally sold the truck to Sportal over 40 years ago. "It's served its purpose for me and it's time for somebody else to get some enjoyment out of it," said Sportal.
Sportal became instantly recognizable in the town of Prinsberg riding in his rusty Chevrolet pickup. The worn-out truck's rattling components made such a racket that you could hardly miss it.
Much to the dismay of Bob's wife Kathy, the knackered pickup's condition has deteriorated over the years, but its sentimental value makes up for this. The bodywork is dented and has rusted away over the years, the upholstery is held together with duct tape, and the brakes barely work. Kathy continuously pestered Bob to get rid of the truck to create more room in the garage. "It's getting more and more worn out. The brakes aren't working very well. The grand-kids want a ride and what if the door pops open," she said.
For over ten years, Tom's relatives have also been trying to persuade Bob to sell the truck. Bob finally relented and handed the truck over to Tom for just $75 - the same price he originally paid for the truck back in 1975, despite it being worth far more than that. What's more important is that the truck has been reunited with its original family.
"It's what I paid for it, so that's what I'm going to sell if for," Bob said. "It's going in the family, so that's the most important thing." Just being handed the truck's original key his grandfather carried was an emotional moment for Tom. "It's like riding with my Grandpa again," he said. To preserve his grandfather's truck, Tom says he plans to replace the suspension and engine but for now, he plans to drive it in its original condition to honor his grandfather's memory.