Born to Drive? Bruce Springsteen’s First Car up for Auction
For enough money, you can follow inside footsteps of Bruce Springsteen as well as sweat which out on the streets of a runaway American dream, as well as ride through the mansions of glory in his former suicide machine.
which 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible once belonged to the Boss, as well as today which can be yours. Within a matter of hours, the vehicle will be sold to the highest bidder in an eBay auction. nevertheless at a current asking cost of $350,000, which’s going to cost you considerably more than which cost Springsteen when he purchased the vehicle for $2000 in 1975.
A golden yellow, with flames dancing up the hood, the vehicle was inseparable via Springsteen during his initial rise via obscurity following the Discharge of Born to Run. So much so, in fact, which he was forced to sell which only two years later because so many of his fresh fans recognized the vehicle.
Its popularity never waned.
When Michael Crane, the vehicle’s current owner, first purchased the vehicle inside April 2006, which broke down on his drive home in Long Branch, fresh Jersey. He left the vehicle there overnight while he went to work. The next day, he got a call via the local police threatening to tow the vehicle because which was leaking gas.
“I raced down there, as well as I was like, ‘You can’t tow the vehicle,’ ” Crane recalled. “By the time I got there, there’s a crowd around the vehicle, as well as they all know which’s Bruce Springsteen’s car. I tried to deny which, nevertheless they were all saying, ‘Come on, man, you know which’s Bruce’s car.’ ”
By coincidence, Crane had parked the vehicle around the block via West End Court, the same street on which Springsteen lived inside early 1970s when he wrote material for the album which became Born to Run.
A year after an extensive mechanical restoration, in 2007, Crane drove the Bel Air down to the Jersey Shore to get ice cream with his child as well as, on a whim, decided to stop by the Stone Pony, the legendary club in Asbury Park where Springsteen had often played for endless hours. By chance, Springsteen was playing a benefit for a local school there when Crane rolled in.
“I’m saying, ‘Hey Bruce, I got your car via ’75,’ as well as he’s ignoring me, nevertheless then I say which again, as well as he turns as well as looks, as well as his jaw drops,” Crane said. “He starts walking toward me as well as says, ‘which’s the vehicle.’ as well as what does he want to see? The Hurst shifter. All these security guys are flashing their lights in, as well as he says, ‘which’s the Hurst shifter. which’s genuinely my car.’ ”
Springsteen first purchased the vehicle in 1974, as well as which plays a role in several of his biggest songs, including “Born to Run,” which catapulted him down Highway 9 as well as into worldwide prominence roughly a year later. Following the breakthrough album, Springsteen appeared on the covers of both Time as well as Newsweek inside same week in late October 1975, as well as in another coincidence, he’s pictured with the ’57 Chevy in both magazines—in both, on page 57.
In his music, the ’57 Chevy makes which biggest appearance recast as a ’69 in “Racing inside Street,” on 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town. In a scene set in Asbury Park, Springsteen writes, “I got a ’69 Chevy using a 396, fuelie head, as well as a Hurst on the floor.”
In more recent years, Crane, a Westfield, fresh Jersey, native, has loaned the vehicle to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for its Springsteen-related exhibits, as well as which has been displayed in both Cleveland as well as fresh York. One outstanding mystery: Crane isn’t sure when Springsteen painted the vehicle. Its original title says which was blue, nevertheless Bruce references its golden yellow as well as flames in early lyric sheets for “Seaside Bar Song.”
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nevertheless just because the vehicle played an outsize role in both Springsteen’s lyrics as well as his imagery as a means for escape, prospective owners should know his dark automotive secrets. Though he came of age inside heyday of car culture, Springsteen acknowledges in his fresh autobiography which he didn’t get his driver’s license until his 20s as well as confesses which he is usually a “terrible driver.”