PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) — This car collector from Our Town says it’s an illness his parents passed on to him. He has dozens from a more than 70-year collection.
“When I came along, I inherited the illness and it’s just incurable.”
Royce Baier’s parents were avid car collectors. It’s in his blood to carry on the tradition. You’re looking at a 70-year collection.
“There’s some cars that my folks bought new that we’ve kept all these years.
Baier also used to run a furniture store. Since it closed, the sofas has been replaced.
“This is about a third of it. I like to tell people we can get a lot more sofas in here than I can antique cars.”
You heard him right: A third of his collection is parked here. He admits it includes some classics.
“A collection like this in Paxton, what you’re seeing is a 70 year collection.”
Packards happen to be his favorite, but he’s not too picky when it comes to cool rides.
“Down there on the end, is a 1955 Cadillac flower car which we’ve used in the funeral home.”
He has a full time mechanic to keep them in tip-top shape. And, he tries to get behind the wheel as often as he can.
“Everything in this building I try and drive at least once a year.”
All thanks to his mother, Royce says the collection continues to grow. More often than not you can find him cruising in one of these.
There’s one car he’d like to add to the list. A 1915 twin six Packard touring car. He says unfortunately, they’re not giving cars away anymore and he’ll have to save his pennies.