I don't know why Jack Smith chose a 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hardtop for his retirement photo (April 14), but it may be that General Motors got it right this time.
The 1962 Bel Air hardtop is considered the car of choice among performance-oriented auto enthusiasts.
It was used in the Winston Cup because of its aerodynamics and had great success in National Hot Rod Association drag racing.
The car was extremely competitive in its day.
It was capable of 12-second and even 11-second quarter miles in race trim.
The car exudes youth and performance.
John Chevedden (Letters, May 19) made valid points about the styling of the 1962 Chevrolet Impala.
It's a great car, but collectors are paying even more for Bel Air hardtops.
Enthusiasts love to see a guy like Jack Smith pick a car like the 1962 Bel Air hardtop, which is a step above even the great 1962 Impala.