When restoring classic cars, it’s not unusual for our team of technicians to find some random items that have made their way into the vehicles over the years. However, from time to time, something a bit special catches their eye.
Lydia and Brian have been busy stripping the interior of our 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 and, while doing so, they discovered part of a newspaper under the footwell carpet mats.
While the newspaper was not really in readable condition (it had moulded itself into the mats), there were still some parts that gave us a glimpse into the world at the time. Based on the stories and the parts we can read, we believe the newspaper Brian and Lydia found is from around May 20th 1957.
One of the most intriguing stories that we can see in the newspaper was about the visit of Soviet Union President, Nikita Khrushchev, to Indonesia. In the midst of the Cold War, such a visit was undoubtedly a significant diplomatic event. Khrushchev, a key figure in Soviet politics, had led the Soviet Union since the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. His visit to Indonesia was part of the broader geopolitical struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union for influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
The newspaper detailed Khrushchev’s arrival in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, where he was welcomed by President Sukarno. The visit marked an attempt to strengthen ties between the Soviet Union and Indonesia, both of which had recently gained independence from colonial powers.
Aside from the Khrushchev visit, the newspaper contained various other stories and advertisements that provided insight into this bygone era. It was a time of societal change, with the dawn of the Space Age and the rapid expansion of consumer culture.
A Time Capsule Into The Past
Although a few pages of an old newspaper may not sound like much, I think it is a perfect example of how classic cars are more than just machines. They can be home to moments in time that have existed nowhere else other than inside the car itself for decades.
Finds like this add to the story of the car being restored. When we restore classic cars, it’s not just about making them look good and drive well, it’s about preserving history, keeping memories alive, and reminding ourselves how things are constantly changing.
Since this newspaper was purchased, the Soviet Union has gone, man has walked on the moon, we’ve cured previously incurable diseases, and technology has advanced beyond what anyone from the time could likely imagine.
Work on our 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 continues and is making good progress. We are very much looking forward to seeing this car come back to life and eventually drive out of the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and make its way back out onto the road.
In the meantime, we will keep our eyes open for any other interesting historical finds!