LIMA — Darrel Kistler has no hard facts to support his hunch. All he knows is what he sees and hears.
Call it “the baby-boom effect.”
It involves the wave of people born between 1946 and 1964. As they head down the road of retirement, many are looking to buy a car similar to the one they drove — or wanted to drive — during their youth.
“They’re saying, ‘Man, I’d love to have that car.’ Those that can afford it are often buying,” Kistler said.
Kistler has around 25 classic cars in his KarVille Muscle Car Showroom on North West Street in Lima. He and his wife Beth started the business nine years ago when they purchased the old R-Ville furniture building. The classic cars inside look like they just rolled off an assembly line. Most have a good story to go with them.
A 1971 Cuda V-code 440 Six Pack was one of only 1,300 made by Plymouth that year.
“The guy that restored the Cuda told me the story that when he bought the car, somebody told him he knew where the original motor for that car was. It was in a boat,” Kistler laughed. “He tried to get the boat owner to sell the motor but ended up having to buy the entire boat. He pulled the motor out and checked it. Sure enough, all the numbers matched up. It was the correct motor for that car.”
Among his most recent prizes is a 1979 anniversary edition Pontiac Trans Am. It has only 525 actual miles on it.
“I bought it from an estate in Georgia. I read about it on the internet and was able to work out a deal with them before they put it up for sale,” Kistler said.
People wishing to tour the KarVille Auto Sales Muscle Car Showroom can call Kistler at 419-302-0093 or email him at [email protected]