No “newbie” when it comes to collecting antique cars.
Don Newby, 82, of Bondurant considers himself a semi-retired farmer, and a full-time, antique car buff.
Newby currently owns three vintage vehicles: a 19641/2 Mustang convertible, a 1949 Mercury, four-door, and a 1968 Cadillac. He says that all of the vehicles have standard factory engines.
“I did not restore these cars, but I have had over 30 antique cars in my lifetime, some of which I have restored,” he said.
Newby says that two of his favorite restorations from the past include a 1946 wood-bodied Mercury Sportsman convertible which won a national first prize, and a 1936 Cord convertible which took a second place prize at a car show in Auburn, Indiana.
“My favorite now is the ’68 Caddy because it has air conditioning for summer tours,” he said.
Newby says that he has always liked cars, and even started selling new cars in 1955. He said his very first antique car was a 1926 Model T Coupe. Since he began collecting cars, he has enjoyed going to car shows with his wife, Irene, to show them off.
“We go to many car events, tours, cruise nights, and AACA car club events. We also go to the yearly Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona,” he said.
Newby and his wife have fun driving their old cars whenever, and wherever they can.
“We did an old car tour to Decorah this summer,” he said.
The Newby’s travel in style when it comes to taking long distance trips. They are looking good, and blaze a great trail in their old relics. For instance The couple fondly recall taking trips Colorado, and going up to Pike’s Peak. Also, according to Don, the adventurous duo traveled to the East coast, and drove right through New York City.
With three antique cars still in their possession, the Newby’s will continue to travel, and ultimately, go the distance in life.
My wife and I enjoy the old car hobby and the many friends we have made along the way,” he said.