David Lindsay displayed five Packards at the 2012 Iola Old Car Show.
Every one of the classic cars was driven to the show from Lindsay’s home in rural Manawa.
His reason for collecting and displaying classic cars is to “Preserve history for the next generation to see and appreciate and give them a better understanding of quality of cars in years past.”
Lindsay especially loves Packards.
“Packards always were good quality. They’re excellent cars,” he said. “Part of the reason Packard went out of business is because they made too high a quality car.”
According to Lindsay, Packard was sold to Studebaker in 1956. He said the 1957 Studebaker Hawk was actually a Packard design.
Lindsay currently has 12 collector cars, five of which are Packards.
Included in the Lindsay’s Packard display were: 1931 dual cowl, 1934 convertible coupe, 1937 seven passenger, 1954 convertible and a 1956.
He purchased his first classic car in 1958. The 1930 Dodge four-door sedan was originally sold by Miles Loberg, a Dodge dealer in Waupaca.
By the time Lindsay acquired the car, it was still in “original” condition with 30,000 miles on it.
“It was probably the most expensive Dodge made,” he said.
His second classic was a 1931 Model A Deluxe four-door.
In 1969 Lindsay made what he refers to as his first “significant” purchase: A 1926 Gardener Cabrolet coupe.
“It’s a fancier car and I still have it,” he said.
“My dad about fainted when he heard what I paid for an old car,” Lindsay recalled. “He said the neighbor’s farm sold for about the same amount.”
Lindsay keeps his vintage vehicles in a 12-car garage that is heated to about 40 degrees Farhenheit in winter and dehumidified in summer.
“You can always fit one more in,” he said.
He is noted for always having a classic car in the house in what he refers to as the music room.
“Doesn’t everybody have a car in the house?” he asked.
Lindsay has no plans to look for more cars … and no plans not to acquire more cars.
“After you get so many cars, they find you,” he said.