Tommy Arney is a fighter who despite having only a fourth grade education became a successful business man who owned both strip clubs and restaurants. Arney is also the thirteenth owner of a classic ’57 Chevy station wagon with something truly extraordinary: all the previous owners are known.
Usually the history of an individual car is lost through the years, but this Chevy’s uniqueness makes this rusted mess something worth saving, and Arney wants to restore the car. Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream by Earl Swift is the true story of the car’s history, Arney’s life, and the attempt to save the Chevy. This respectful narrative does not omit strong language or difficult circumstances and weaves together the relationship of a car and its owners.