In April, Ron Main purchased his third classic car: a 1963 Ford Falcon. Main owned a Mercury Comet before the Falcon and had no concrete plans to replace it anytime soon.
His plans changed when he was on the way to Winterset last fall for a car show at the Covered Bridge Festival. A driver in the oncoming traffic reached down for a cup of coffee and veered into his lane, hitting Main’s Comet head-on.
The Comet was totaled, and Main’s ankle was broken. He spent four days in intensive care, a week in the hospital after that, three weeks in rehab, six more weeks in rehab at a nursing home and finally physical therapy at home in Grimes.
“It was a long recuperation,” says Ann, Main’s wife.
Main says he thought about not buying another classic car after the accident, but he regained interest after a while.
“It didn’t take long,” Ann says.
Main says he started looking around online for a new car and ended up buying the Falcon from a friend of his.
“All my friends are into old cars, and they kept looking for me,” Main says.
Although Main’s accident caused him to lose interest in cars for a brief period, he’s back into the classic car scene now. Main takes his ’63 Falcon to Bennigan’s every Wednesday for car night, and he plans to take it to car shows around Iowa. But for longer trips, Main and his wife prefer to take newer, more durable cars with better gas mileage.
Main’s interest in cars has been renewed after his accident, and although he’s satisfied with the Falcon, he’d like to get his hands on a 1970 Mustang Boss 429. Ford didn’t make many of these cars, and according to Main they start out at around $100,000. But for now, his Falcon is a satisfying (and affordable) alternative.
Main says he likes his Falcon because it has a V8 engine, a factory tack worth about $600, and an overall sharp appearance.
“I just like the look of it, I guess,” Main says.
As it turns out, so does Jay Leno. One of Main’s friends told him that Leno just bought a classic white Falcon recently.
“His cost about twice as much as mine,” Main says.Contact Jared at 953-4822 ext. 306 or email@example.com to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”