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 our readers to select their 10 favorite cars from among the 50-plus vehicles showcased every week in our Real Wheels feature. The results appear below.
No. 1 — 1971 Ford Gran Torino: Charles and Mary Blackman, of Wapakoneta, have owned this Ford Gran Torino since 1971. It still has its original paint.
No. 2 — 1978 Ford F-150: Denny Latham, of Wapakoneta, and his son, Brett, have spent 15 years restoring this 1978 Ford F-150.
No. 3 — 1970 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet: Mike Erman, of Elida, got this 1970 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet when he was in high school in 1977 and kept it ever since.
No. 4 — 2003 Chevy Corvette: Albert Epps, of Spencerville, owns this 2003 Chevy Corvette “50th Anniversary” vehicle.
No. 5 — 1968 Chevy Camaro SS: Dave Douglas, of Elida, spent 14 months rebuilding this 1968 Chevy Camaro SS. He’s owned it for 31 years after owning one in his youth.
No. 6 — 1967 Pontiac Tempest: Dennis Beam, of Delphos, has owned this 1967 Pontiac Tempest convertible for five years.
No. 7 — Sprint car with 360-cubic inch engine: Noah Dunlap, 16, owns this Sprint car with his father and grandfather.
No. 10 — 1963 Chevy Nova: John Waller, of Lima, changed the engine in his 1963 Chevy Nova from a six-cylinder, three-speed to a V-8, four-speed.
No. 9 — 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup: This 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup has been in the family of Robert Guy, of Landeck, since his grandfather Robert “Bob” Chapman purchased it new on July 31, 1950, for $1,175 from Minnick Chevrolet in Lima.