As told by owner and collector Michael E. Stephens
Written by Kaitlin Candelaria
In developing my collection, I was careful to add those automobiles which appeal to me – those that appeal to populations of the past.
Recently, I was alerted to the car collection of Gene Thrasher, a local CEO I had worked with during my career in the healthcare industry. People spoke of the uniqueness of his cars and how well they were cared for.
I was invited to see Gene’s cars. He was looking to get rid of his collection for two reasons — firstly, his wife does not share an interest in vintage and antique cars. Secondly, Gene felt that at the age he is getting, it was appropriate to let the collection go. I was hesitant to go view them, thinking to myself that the prices for those unique cars would be ridiculous and also trying to be sensible in how I add to my collection.
However, my reservations were unfounded. It took just one Sunday afternoon with the cars and I fell in love with all of them. When I purchased them, I knew that some of them would be moved out of my collection rather quickly, but that they would still add value even during their short stay.
The Thrasher collection consisted of a 1936 Auburn, a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Restro-Mod, a 1960 Corvette, a 1994 Viper, a 1955 Chevrolet and a 1957 Chevrolet Convertible and a 2005 Hummer H2 that Gene threw into the deal.
We are now in the middle of assessing the cars, cleaning them up and tuning them up. You can follow us on Facebook to find out the future of these cars and their dispositions.
In writing this piece, we have decided to name the Viper Bianca. We wanted a name that lends some sizzle and we feel that Bianca does this spitfire of a car justice. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments for names for the rest of the Thrasher collection.