April 24, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Grace Braeger, AKA 57 Lady, is featured in the latest edition of AggressiveCars.com
Grace can be seen in her 1957 Chevy Bel Air tooling around West Bend. She’s also popular at local car shows.
In August 2011 I wrote an article about Grace using her warranty and getting another new muffler for her vehicle. That story is posted below.
August 24, 2010 In 1957 Miss Grace Braeger of West Bend, was having car problems with her 1950 Chevy. So she went to King Braeger in Milwaukee so the dealer emblem on the back would match her name. There she traded her old car, plus $2,250 dollars for a salesman’s demo 1957 Chevy with 4,239 miles on it. 53 years later she is still driving that car. Its the only car she has owned since she bought it. Here she sits in the car’s classy cavernous interior. MICHAEL SEARS/[email protected]
In 1962 Grace Braeger of West Bend paid $14.75 for a new Midas muffler for her 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.
Midas offers a lifetime guarantee on brake pads, shoes, shocks, struts and mufflers for as long as you own your car.
On Monday the company lived up to its promise.
“They’re a good company, they stuck to their word,” said Braeger.
Midas store manager Linda Pyka said the company has worked with Braeger over the years. She said they had to jump through a couple hoops this time.
“Grace called me about a month and a half ago; I special ordered the muffler from New Jersey and it finally arrived and last week,” said Pyka.
The 1957 Bel Air has a duel-exhaust system, which means the car has two mufflers.
Braeger has turned 117,100 miles on the car and she has been through at total of 23 mufflers; 21 have been free of charge.
Midas had to prepay $105 for the special muffler, which was installed by mechanic Donald Egerton.
“Donald is the oldest mechanic in the shop at Midas so he was given the privilege of working on the vehicle,” said Pyka.
Edgerton is 60 years old, a Vietnam Veteran and a Midas employee for the last 25 years.
“I just like to look at it,” he said of the vehicle.
Midas celebrated Braeger and her muffler – pinning a white-rose-and-tiger-lily corsage to her lapel and presenting her with a gift basket which included a red die cast ’57 Chevy Bel Air with a yellow and black Midas decal stamped on the top.
During her last muffler change, Midas presented Grace with a yellow and black muffler / scarf. She had that along with her, still wrapped in the original plastic.
Read more about Grace by clicking HERE.
Photo courtesy USA cars forum.