Northwest Ohio is car country. Throughout the year, The Lima News enjoys spotlighting the many classic cars across the region and sharing the interesting stories behind their owners love for the vehicles. We asked a panel of car enthusiasts to select their 10 favorite cars from among the 50-plus vehicles showcased every week in our Real Wheels feature. The results appear below.
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No. 2: 1931 PACKARD SUPER 8 CLUB SEDAN — Owned by Thomas E. Bayliff, of Spencerville, and his brother, Bud Bayliff, since 1973. Originally purchased new from the Johnson Packard Motor Company in Lima.
No. 8: 1941 PLYMOUTH COUPE —Owned by Roger and Diane Horstman. They purchased it in 2000 and also own a 1965 Plymouth Sports Fury.
No. 6: 1966 FORD ECONOLINE PICKUP — Owned by Delbert and JoAnn Henry, of Ada. The couple began collecting classic vehicles after they retired from farming.
No. 9: 1966 CORVETTE STINGRAY — Owner Clair Crider, of Converse, put it in storage in 1990 and didn’t look at it again until this year.
No. 10: 1969 CAMARO Z-28 — Owner Tim Allison, of Cridersville, said “I’ve always wanted one since I was a kid, and I’m still a kid.”
No. 4: 1961 CHEVY IMPALA BUBBLETOP — Owner Brenda Wheeler, of Defiance, likes the thin rear roof pillar and oversized rear window of her “Bubbletop.”
No. 3: 1965 PONTIAC GTO — Barrett Rydell, of Lima, purchased this GTO on Oct. 18, 1993. “I was attracted to it because it was original with the exception of a replacement engine,” Rydell said. It wasn’t long, and Rydell located a correct engine.
No. 1: 1964 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE — When Bob Dirksen heard the Wings of Freedom Tour was at the Allen County Airport, he knew he needed a photo of his Mustang alongside the fighter plane it was named for, the P-51 Mustang.
No. 7: 1949 FORD — Owner Roger Griffith, of Lima, notes it was the first all-new automobile built by Ford after World War II.
No. 5: 1976 FORD F100 RANGER XLT —Gary and Deborah Van Tilburg, of Wapakoneta, like the “split-grille” design that saw the F100 become the best-selling truck in America, a spot it has held ever since.