Meet the 1951 Chevy Pickup Named “Clovis”
Darryl Erickson is our long-time friend and Horsepower for an Hour listener with a cool, all-original, 1951 Chevy Pickup named “Clovis”. We sat down with Darryl recently to ask him about his choice in classics and what made this truck special. This was Darryl’s reply:
“There are numerous elements to the story of how we came own this nice pick up truck. Beginning with my wife Joan, who was born in 1951, and her father had a 51’ Chevy pick up when she was a little girl. Her love for that truck was instilled in her at that young age, riding in it with her dad. Then when she was 15 her dad was killed in an accident. From then on this truck was her connection to her dad.”
An Interesting History
Darryl has lived in his home on Pelican Ave. in Ventura since it was new in 1965. One of his neighbors through the 70’s & 80’s was the family of Leonard & Lupe Ortiz, Leonard was one of the Ortiz Bros. trucking company boys. One of Leonard’s friend’s brother had located this truck out in a lemon orchard in Fillmore back in the 70’s with trees growing up through the holes in the pick up bed, and that information made it’s way back to Leonard.
Leonard obtained the truck and over time performed his amateur restoration on it. To Darryl’s knowledge it is all stock with no modifications.”
Sometime later the Ortiz family left Pelican Ave. and moved to a nice home in Santa Paula. Then, in early April 2014, on a whim, Darryl and Joan decided to go out and visit Leonard and Lupe. It was then that they learned that Leonard had passed away from cancer. Lupe showed them the Chevy pick up that she now wanted to sell. Joan just loved this pick up of course, but the asking price was a bit too high at the time. A year later, about April 2015 they went back to visit Lupe to revisit the truck again. Darryl made her an offer that she ultimately accepted and the 51’ pick up became Joan’s, which she subsequently named “Clovis” after the town that they lived in when this story all began.
Now for the ’serendipity’ part of this story; a few days after it was in their driveway, a man showed up saying that Darryl had ’his’ pick up. Turns out, the man had been after it for some time, but apparently hadn’t offered enough money when Darryl and Joan came along and got it. Darryl says,
“I figure it was meant to be Joan’s truck.”
One thing is certain, this ’51 Pickup is uniquely cool and certainly worthy of inclusion here on our “Old Rides Rock” segment. Thanks for Sharing these photo’s with us Darryl,
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