Herb Caso’s black 1930 Model A Coupe looks just like the car my mother owned during college.
Caso’s car has a rumble seat, as did my mother’s. (Ford offered rumble seats as options on some Model A’s from 1928 through 1936.)
The original roof on Caso’s car was wood, as it was on my mother’s car, although in the process of restoring his own car, Caso replaced the wood roof with a metal one.
“I modernized everything,” he said.
Caso’s automotive treasure was one of hundreds of cars and trucks and some oddities driven and trailered to Main Street in Middletown, CT, for Wednesday evening’s 25th Cruise Night, an annual event sponsored by the city and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. (Like many recent gatherings, the event was held virtually in 2020 and 2021.)
The cars on display ranged from badly in need of restoration to lovingly restored, although some were new enough to not yet need restoration – like a late-model Maserati that turned heads near Court Street.
And there were vintage emergency vehicles: a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle ambulance (body by Meteor Coachworks), a 1962 Seagrave firetruck with an open cab.
There was also an assortment of pickup trucks, ranging from a blue 1926 Ford Roadster to two modern trucks that towered over everyone, on very large tires (taller than my nearly 4-year-old grandson) and enormous lifts.
I would guess there were more Corvettes of various vintages on view than any other single model, including a 1963 Corvette that has clearly been treated well, and another in an early stage of restoration.