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Corvair returns to owner after 50 years
Posted by: jimc ()
Date: March 29, 2021 10:11PM

Tony Dow, actor in Leave It To Beaver TV series owned a Corvair. Motor Authority blog contains an article about his Tony’s first car and its return after 50 years

The first car Dow bought in real life was a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder.

“I had the Chevy factory in Van Nuys paint it Midnight Blue with a black interior.”

In 1965 Dow sold the car to a prop man, Al, at Universal Studios. Two decades later, Al did a ground-up restoration of the car, installing a turbocharge spider engine with alcohol injection that boosted its horsepower to 245.

Al became ill in 2015 and passed the car on to his friend, Marty, but with instructions that if they could find Tony Dow, the car would go back to its original owner.

1965 Corsa Coupe, two owner history

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Re: Corvair returns to owner after 50 years
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: March 30, 2021 04:51AM

Yes it's an interesting story.


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Re: Corvair returns to owner after 50 years
Posted by: 67 airvair ()
Date: March 30, 2021 09:49AM

As a side note here on Tony. They say that somewhere we all have a double in this world, someone who looks just like us. Well, I know who Tony Dow's double is. His name is Dwight Schar, a self-made millionaire, who regularly donates large sums of money to Ashland (Ohio) College. AU has a building (among others) in Mansfield, Ohio on the corner of Marion Avenue and Trimble Road that houses the School of Nursing. It contains a large simulator lab suite of classrooms, and cost some 15 million dollars to build. Mr. Schar donated at least 5 mill of that.

On the wall of the main hall are pictures of Mr. Schar, his wife and two sons, along with some of his younger days pictures, including his high school grad picture and his mid-teen soap box derby car with him in it. I took in a publicity shot of Tony Dow in a star mag and placed it next to Mr. Schar's pictures, and the resemblance was shocking. They could be twin brothers or even identical twins. They're even the same age.

Incredible! see: [en.wikipedia.org]


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/28/2022 08:58PM by 1966-Corsa-GT-180.

Re: Corvair returns to owner after 50 years
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: July 27, 2022 06:52AM

These two stories were in the news this morning:


‘Leave It to Beaver’ star Tony Dow, who played Wally Cleaver, dead at 77
Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News
Tue, July 26, 2022 at 2:52 PM·3 min read
In this article:

Tony Dow
Tony Dow
American actor, film director and film producer
Tony Dow, who delighted audiences as big brother Wally Cleaver on the '50s and '60s sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” died Tuesday at age 77.

The actor announced in May that he was battling cancer, and in an update last week, Dow’s management team said he was experiencing complications from the disease.

“Tony was a beautiful soul — kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him,” his managers said Tuesday in an announcement of his death.

“His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him.”

The Los Angeles-born Dow had more than three dozen acting credits during a career that spanned decades, but he was best known for his portrayal of the popular and athletic older brother of Jerry Mathers’ title character on “Leave It to Beaver.”

Dow was a primary cast member on the series, which centered on a suburban American family and the adventures of youngest son Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver.

The series aired more than 230 episodes during its prolific run from 1957 and 1963 and is considered one of the most influential shows of its era.

“From the warm reminiscences of Wally Cleaver to those of us fortunate enough to know him personally — thank you Tony,” Dow’s managers said.

“And thank you for the reflections of a simpler time, the laughter, the friendship and for the feeling that you were a big brother to us all. We will miss you.”

“Leave It to Beaver” was the first acting role for Dow, who won the job in a casting call. Following the show’s conclusion, Dow had a regular role as Chet on the series “Never Too Young,” a soap opera designed for teenage audiences.

Dow also appeared on episodes of “Lassie,” “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” and “Mr. Novak” during the 1960s and '70s.

He returned as Wally in the spinoff series “The New Leave It to Beaver,” which aired from 1983-89 and centered on Dow and Mathers’ characters as adults with their own families. That show also featured the return of Barbara Billingsley as the brothers’ mother, June Cleaver.

Dow, along with his wife, Lauren Shulkind, and his managers, regularly chronicled his fight with cancer through social media, beginning with a May 5 Facebook post saying the disease had returned from a previous battle and describing the diagnosis as “truly heartbreaking.”

Last Wednesday, the actor’s managers said Dow was experiencing a “roller coaster of ups and downs.”

“Tony has been in and out of the hospital with various complications and treatments,” the managers wrote. “He and Lauren have been trying to maintain a positive spirit, though at times this proves difficult.”

Dow publicly advocated for mental health awareness and was open about his battle with depression during his early 20s.

“I realize there’s a perceived irony about this. You know, the fact that I was in a TV program that epitomized the supposed ideal world of the '50s, and here I’m suffering from depression. But I’m just one of millions,” Dow told the Baltimore Sun in 1993.

In their announcement Tuesday, Dow’s managers said the world is “richer for the memories that he has left us.”


Tony Dow’s son says actor is ‘still alive, but in his last hours’ after managers prematurely announced death
Ellie Harrison
Tue, July 26, 2022 at 5:22 PM·1 min read
In this article:

Tony Dow

Tony Dow‘s son says the actor is “still alive, but in his last hours” after managers prematurely announced his death.

Dow who played Wally Cleaver in the sitcom Leave It to Beaver, is under hospice care in his “last hours”, Christopher Dow told Fox News Digital.

“This is a difficult time,” he explained. “Yes, he is still alive, but in his last hours; under hospice care.”

It is reported that Dow’s wife, Lauren Shulkind, had mistakenly given “false information” to his management team. TMZ added that Shulkind was “very distraught” and “believed her husband was dead”.

In May, Dow had announced that his cancer, which he had been diagnosed with years before, had come back.

Leave it to Beaver, which centred on an archetypal 1950s suburban family, ran from 1957 to 1963. The black-and-white sitcom followed the antics of a naughty boy called Beaver, his pragmatic brother Wally, their friend Eddie, and their parents Ward and June.

The show’s writers, Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly, based the kids in the series on their own children. One of Wally’s habits, for example, was that he constantly combed his hair. They had seen their own teenagers doing this and wrote it into the sitcom.

Dow returned for the Eighties TV movie Still the Beaver and the series The New Leave It to Beaver, also directing five episodes and writing one.

His directing credits also included Honey I Shrunk the Kids and an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Dow’s other acting roles included appearances in General Hospital, Lassie and Murder, She Wrote.

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Re: Corvair returns to owner after 50 years
Posted by: cschneider53 ()
Date: July 27, 2022 09:03AM

Apparently he's in his last days or even hours on hospice but is still alive as of this moment.

Re: Corvair returns to owner after 50 years
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: July 27, 2022 09:35AM

I still like watching the Leave it to Beaver reruns on cable TV. Of course Ken Osmond- aka as Eddie Haskell- passed away a couple of years ago.

Re: Corvair returns to owner after 50 years
Posted by: wittsend ()
Date: July 28, 2022 12:43PM

Sadly Tony Dow past away on July 27th, 2022. Yes, I watch Leave it to Beaver every morning with my breakfast. It and All in the Family are my favorite all time TV shows. It is on METV and for the cord cutters the Roku channel.

Tony's character "Wally Cleaver" was play with great introspection and self awareness. He was a teenager with a conscience and a sense of duty. RIP Tony.


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Date: July 28, 2022 01:56PM

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