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Friday 30 September 2016
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‘Leave it to Beaver’ Actor Reunited with His First Car

‘Leave it to Beaver’ Actor Reunited with His First Car

How many times have you wished you could be reunited with your very first car? I guess it depends on the car, right. But in Tony Dow’s case, he couldn’t have been more excited.

The 71-year-old actor, who played Wally Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver, was recently reunited with his very first car, a classic 1962 Chevy Corvair Spyder. (A 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Club Coupe is pictured above.)

Dow bought the midnight blue car when he turned 16. He used money he earned from playing the Beav’s big brother, and drove it daily to the Universal lot.  He parted ways with it in 1965, selling it to Alan Dadisman, who made props at the studio.

Dadisman, a retired mechanical engineer, restored the car from the ground up in the late ’80s. He held on to the car until he passed away recently. At that point, the Executor for his estate tracked Dow down and asked him to come check out the car in San Diego.

That’s when Dow received quite a surprise. Not only was the classic car in tip-top shape, but Dadisman had left instructions to give the Corvair back to him.

You can watch Dow unwrap the car he hadn’t seen in 50 years in the news clip below.

Photo Credit: GM Archives