LIMA — Trade in value on your old car usually leaves much to be desired when you buy a new car.
Dave Semer of Lima prefers to hang on to his old ones for that reason. The result has been an accumulation of quite a collection.
One of his favorites in his collection is his 1979 Thunderbird Heritage. he bought the car new in 1979, which was available only on special order.
“It will out-ride anything that you buy today,” Semer said of the car. “It is about as smooth and as quiet as it gets. You barely know it is running.”
Semer bought the car as a family car in 1979. He bought it as a family car, and it was put in storage for years before he finally got it back out. The 38-year vehicle has only accumulated 45,000 miles.
“It is rust-free and it has most of the original paint,” Semer said. “For a 38-year old car, the paint is holding up pretty good.”
Semer said he bought the car from a dealer in Ada.
“It was the first car I bought there, and I have bought every car I have owned from the same person since,” Semer said. “When they treat you well, and work with you, you go back.”
The t-top, leather interior and 351 engine were all special orders on the vehicle. The turbin wheels were exclusive with the Thunderbird Heritage. It was only available in two colors.
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