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Carol is reunited with what may be her first car

( from left ) Steve Michael has restored what could be Carol Bateman's old Chrysler Royal . Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle
( from left ) Steve Michael has restored what could be Carol Bateman's old Chrysler Royal . Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle Nev Madsen

WHEN Carol Bateman sent a photograph of her first car into The Chronicle, she never imagined she would actually find it.

This week Mrs Bateman was reunited with a Chrysler Royal which is likely to be the very first car her family owned in the 1960s.

After seeing the photograph in The Way We Were section, Glenvale's Steve Michael, who had bought a Chrysler Royal in poor condition from Gatton eight years ago with the intention of "doing it up", phoned Mrs Bateman because he believed he now owned the car.

Mr Michael said only two Chrysler Royals were imported into the area, so there was a very high chance the car has previously belonged to her.

"It looks totally different," Mrs Bateman said.

"I often wondered what had happened to it as it was my first car.

"We had some fun times in it."

Mrs Bateman said she was thrilled to see the car was now a bright shade of green.

"Green is my absolute favourite colour and my current car is green too."

The car was once used as the daily bus from Jandowae/Dalby to Toowoomba. Mrs Bateman said she and her husband acquired the car after the man who owned it became too old to drive it.

"As we were his neighbours and were not long married at the time and didn't have a car, he said if we wanted to pay the registration, which was 10 pounds, we could have it."

When Mr Michael purchased the vehicle, he said it wasn't in good condition and he worked on it quite a bit, moving the seats back, fixing the motor and painting it.




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