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Construction worker reveals he secretly bought and restored nearly 100 vintage cars

Construction worker, 65, whips car collectors into a frenzy as he reveals he secretly bought and restored nearly 100 vintage vehicles – and is now putting them up for auction

  • Coyote Johnson, 65, has accumulated nearly 100 vintage vehicles since he was 16 years old, restoring them and building barns by hand in order to store them
  • The construction company owner from Iowa has racked up multiple Plymouth Road Runners, Chevy Chevelles, Ford Mustangs and nearly every type of muscle car from the 1960s and 1970s
  • He is putting the majority of his collection up for auction, with bids starting between $150 to $11,750
  • VanDerBrink Auctions will be handling the sale at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on September 14 

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A massive hoard of muscle cars has been reveled in Iowa by a man who spent the past 50 years collecting the vintage gems. 

Coyote Johnson, 65, has accumulated nearly 100 vintage vehicles since he was 16 years old, restored many of them and even building barns by hand in order to store them. 

The construction company owner has racked up Plymouth Road Runners, Chevy Chevelles, Ford Mustangs and nearly every type of muscle car from the 1960s and 1970s. 

Now Johnson is selling the majority of his 87-car collection at auction, but says he’ll be holding on to several of his favorites. 

Coyote Johnson, 65, has accumulated nearly 100 vintage vehicles since he was 16 years old and even built barns by hand in order to store them

The highest priced car is this red 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Sport Coup starting at $11,750

The highest priced car is this red 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Sport Coup starting at $11,750

This 1951 Ford Victoria Custom runs and drives beautifully and was restored in 2012. It starts at $7,750

This 1951 Ford Victoria Custom runs and drives beautifully and was restored in 2012. It starts at $7,750 

The construction company owner has racked up Plymouth Road Runners, Chevy Chevelles, Ford Mustangs and nearly every type of muscle car from the 1960s and 1970s

The construction company owner has racked up Plymouth Road Runners, Chevy Chevelles, Ford Mustangs and nearly every type of muscle car from the 1960s and 1970s

Johnson said that not too many people were ware of his collection until he announced he'd be putting them up for auction a few months ago

Johnson said that not too many people were ware of his collection until he announced he’d be putting them up for auction a few months ago

This 1957 Chevrolet 210 is starting at $6,000. The car is metallic red in color and has a 283 V8 with Weian AL2 intake

This 1957 Chevrolet 210 is starting at $6,000. The car is metallic red in color and has a 283 V8 with Weian AL2 intake

Johnson, of Red Oak, told the Des Moines Register that few people were aware of his collection until he announced he’d be putting them up for auction just a few months ago.  

The vintage car enthusiast said it was his girlfriend and daughter who urged him to part with most of his beloved vehicles. 

The priciest car being auctioned off is a red 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Spot Coupe with a 454 big-block V8. B Bidding is starting at $11,750.

While the most inexpensive car is a 1984 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 Pickup for Restore that will be taking bids starting at $150.  

Plenty of cars need work while there are many others that Johnson has restored and are ready to ride, including a 1951 Ford Victoria Custom and 1997 Pontiac Trans Am coupe and convertible.

This is Johnson's lowest prices car - a 1984 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 Pickup for Restore starting at $150

This is Johnson’s lowest prices car – a 1984 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 Pickup for Restore starting at $150 

This 1997 Pontiac Firebird is starting at $500 and will sell to the highest bidder when it goes up for auction September 14

This 1997 Pontiac Firebird is starting at $500 and will sell to the highest bidder when it goes up for auction September 14 

This black cherry 1964 Chevrolet Malibu SS  will start at $8,250. The car runs, but not through gas tank and brakes are soft and may need work

This black cherry 1964 Chevrolet Malibu SS  will start at $8,250. The car runs, but not through gas tank and brakes are soft and may need work

This is one of a few Plymouth Barracuda Convertible's from Johnson's collection, starting at $900

This is one of a few Plymouth Barracuda Convertible’s from Johnson’s collection, starting at $900 

Johnson first fell in love with a 1969 Plymouth road Runner in high school. 

He bought it to race across the highways with his friends and that soon kick-started his massive collection. 

But Johnson says he didn’t seriously begin collecting until the 1990s when he would scour the classified section of the newspaper and seek out specific and rare models. 

Johnson said of the people from which he bought his collection: ‘It was their time to give them up. They drove them but it got to be that they couldn’t drive them on the highway, and we took them and redid them, restored them,’ he told the Des Moines Register. 

VanDerBrink Auctions will be handling the sale at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on September 14.  

Johnson says he didn't seriously begin collecting cars until the 1990s when he would scour the classified section of the newspaper and seek out specific and rare models

Johnson says he didn’t seriously begin collecting cars until the 1990s when he would scour the classified section of the newspaper and seek out specific and rare models

 

 

   



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