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After 45 Years, Light Shines On Sandy Hook Roadster Again



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After roughly 45 years, a vintage roadster finally saw the light of day again when it was pulled out of a Sandy Hook garage on September 1.

The vintage cabriolet style Chevrolet was owned by Fred Pendergast, Sr according to his his son Bill Pendergast. Its new owner, Peter Christianson of East Hampton, has hopes of fixing it up.

“I’m hoping I can get it back on the road again,” Christianson said, who owns a similar model car.

Pendergast thinks the car last ran in the 1970s when it was moved to Fred Pendergast’s home on Riverside Road. Fred’s brother John Pendergast told The Newtown Bee he has memories of the car from before that time.

According to John Pendergast, his brother purchased the car around 1950.

He produced a photo of their father, John Pendergast Sr, behind the steering wheel of the 1928 vehicle in a driveway on Evergreen Road around the time it would have been acquired. John Pendergast recalled the vehicle was purchased from the Schupperts who lived on Walnut Tree Hill Road.

Pendergast revealed paperwork verifying the roadster was first purchased by Mary Schuppert from Liberty Chevrolet, which was located at the time on Mount Pleasant Road.

“Dad always had a thing for convertibles,” Pendergast reflected. “And it probably started with this car.”

Christianson, a member of the Belltown Antique Car Club of East Hampton, is excited about the purchase.

His brother Art Christianson of Chester was on hand to help move the car from the Sandy Hook home’s garage onto a truck bed for transportation.

“It’ll be fun,” Art Christianson said of his brother owning the car.

As the car was rolled out of the garage, the sun hit it for the first time in a long time.

Later, after the car was transported to its new home, Pendergast contacted The Newtown Bee with photos shared by Christianson.

"Within 24 hours of the car leaving my house Peter was texting pictures of fenders and wheels mounted on the car. That made me feel great with selling it to him. Plus he was closer than a lot of other potential buyers," Pendergast wrote in an e-mail.

Pendergast had hoped to restore the car himself, but children and extracurricular activities "really swallow free time."

"My dad and I had such a love and a bond with each other, and I had my intentions of digging into the '28 in his memory," said Pendergast.

While Pendergast had hoped to keep the car local, Christianson responded "right off the bat" when he listed it and he had hopes of restoring it, if the car's wood portions are still good.

"If everything is good he promised me a ride in her down the road," wrote Pendergast.

Perhaps the car will be in Sandy Hook again.

Education Editor Eliza Hallabeck can be reached at eliza@thebee.com.

From left, Peter Christianson, Art Christianson, Bill Pendergast, and John Pendergast stand in front of a 1928 Chevrolet purchased by Fred Pendergast around 1950.—Bee Photos, Hallabeck
Peter Christianson steers and maneuvers a 1928 Model T onto the bed of a truck after purchasing it.
John Pendergast Sr sits in the 1928 Chevrolet cabriolet roadster around 1951 in a driveway on Evergreen Road in Sandy Hook.
Fred Pendergast’s 1928 Model T in the Sandy Hook home garage, where it has been housed since the 1970s.
Bill Pendergast, left, and Peter Christianson move the Chevy roadster onto a truck for transporting it after Christianson purchased it.
The 1928 Chevrolet pictured with wheels on it, as shared by buyer Peter Christianson with seller Bill Pendergast.
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