Cars in a small town play a remarkable role in the character of a community. The older they are, the more people can remember the first owner, and the second, and perhaps a third. They park on our streets as mobile reminders of friends and moments of past adventures, political campaigns, sports teams and other symbols of our local culture, and like the county itself, age with a particular grace.
With Chestertown RiverArts taking a few weeks off this summer with their wonderful Humans of Kent County, the Spy thought it would be fun to document some of the more famous or infamous cars of our community. To disclose the identity of the car owners would make it too easy for our readers. Take a guess and leave a comment below. And submit your own photos of the cars of Kent County with your own stories.
Citroën Traction Avant (1934 to 1957)
While there are many reasons to admire the Citroën Traction Avant that resides in Chestertown, perhaps the most remarkable is that it has stayed in the same family since it was purchased in France in the late 1950s. Designed as an extended version of the classic Avant to accommodate parents and children on long road trips, this particular Citroën has not surprisingly become a cult classic for many, including its starring role in the movie Diva in 1981.