LIMA — Darrel Kistler, of Lima is a collector. He doesn’t collect stamps or baseball cards; he collects cars and car memorabilia.
Kistler displays his collection to the general public at KarVille Auto Sales, 2185 N. West Street, Lima. To date he has approximately 27 cars of various makes and models in his showroom. He buys the cars already done.
“There’s less headaches, and you don’t have to wait while they are getting fixed,” Kistler said.
Kistler recently acquired this 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30. The car came out of Georgia.
“It’s a documented W-30, and not just a look-alike,” Kistler said.”It’s a really nice car.”
The pristine car includes a 455 motor, with a four-speed positraction manual transmission. It has bench seats and “pie pan” hubcaps.
“A lot of cars had mag wheels,” Kistler said.
Kistler intended on taking this car to the Westgate Charity Car Show in June, but that car show got canceled due to COVID-19.
“I’ve won Best of Show awards the past two years (at the Westgate Charity Car Show) with my other two Olds 4-4-2’s. I would take the prize money for winning and double it and give it to Lima Rescue Mission. This year I was going to triple it, if this car won, and give it to the Lima Rescue Mission,” Kistler said.
The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 is a classic muscle car, and some feel that the 1970 model was the best. The engine was larger, and there was less weight.
Kistler pointed to another recent acquisition, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird..
“This car came from Lima. It has only 50,000 actual miles. It’s very nice,” Kistler said.
Rich Lytle, of Mount Vernon, does all the work on Kistler’s cars. He took the motor from this 1955 Thunderbird and went through it and freshened it up.
The Thunderbird has a 292 V-8 engine, automatic transmission, and all numbers are matching. This Thunderbird is currently for sale.
Ford answered back at Chevy’s Corvette when debuting its Ford Thunderbird. However, it sidestepped the “sports car” moniker and instead created a “personal luxury car” platform. The first generation of Ford Thunderbird was built exclusively as a two-seat convertible. These cars were offered from 1955 to 1957.
Kistler has plans for adding another car to his collection within the next month. Thankfully he shares his passion for cars with the public at no charge, hoping to instill his passion for cars in future collectors.
Kistler urges people to call 419-302-0093 before coming, as hours vary.
His collection attracts people from all over. Various groups express interest in going through his showroom.
“A car club from Dayton called to schedule a date,” Kistler said.