Boise, Idaho, native Chris Brown has a second-heirloom car.
It was built in 1958 by the same company that built the original Chrysler 500.
“The car was a bit of a collector’s item,” Brown said.
“I was really proud of it, because it was one of those classic car pieces that people still want to own.”
Brown is now the president of the Idaho Automotive Council, a nonprofit group that promotes car ownership and conservation.
“It’s a rare and wonderful piece,” he said.
In a few decades, a car that Brown owned will be worth at least $100,000.
The car was owned by a woman who passed away in 2007.
It had been in the family for more than 50 years and Brown is trying to preserve it as much as possible.
Brown is also trying to make it easier for the next generation to own a second car.
“We’re trying to get car insurance companies to do a better job,” he says.
The Idaho Automobile Council’s mission is to “promote the use of automobiles for good and to educate consumers on the safety of automobiles,” according to a news release.
Brown has been a member of the organization for about a year.
He started to talk about how his second car would be preserved when he learned that the carmaker that built it had recently announced a recall of its secondhand cars.
“That just brought back all the memories of the car,” Brown recalled.
The company was the same one that built and sold the original car, which was in storage.
Brown, who has been involved in conservation for decades, is now trying to help other car owners preserve their cars.
His goal is to save the car for the future.
“Hopefully, by the time my grandchildren grow up, I’ll still have it,” he quipped.
Brown started the group in 2009.
Now, the organization’s members are helping to save a second hand car, a Ford Explorer.
It’s a nice vehicle, but it’s a bit old.
Brown says he’s saving the car because he believes that cars that are not as reliable as they should be can still be very useful.
“If a car isn’t safe to drive and you don’t need to drive it, you can drive it and save a lot of money,” he told me.
He says the Explorer is a great example of a vehicle that’s not perfect.
“They’re still very good, but they’re just not as good as they used to be,” he added.
“When I look back, I think, Oh, my God, I was saving a lot.”
Brown’s second car was also sold to another group.
It has a similar history to the original.
The woman who owned the Explorer died in 2007 and the car was eventually sold to a private collector.
“People are kind of sad that they sold it to the person who was going to drive the car, but the fact that we did is really important,” Brown told me, noting that the woman was the mother of three children.
Brown thinks the same can happen to his second hand.
“My second car is still a nice, clean car,” he noted.
The group is working on making the Explorer a better car for future generations.
Brown hopes the group will become a larger, national organization.
The idea of making the car a little safer to drive for future owners has gained momentum.
Brown believes that car safety will come with a lot more support from the car industry.
He hopes that by saving the Explorer, the group can also help to protect cars that may not be as safe as they once were.
“There’s no doubt that there are still a lot fewer cars that people want to have in their garage,” Brown added.
He said that saving a second or third car can also save money for the organization.
“Even if you save $20,000 or $30,000, it’s still $20 or $40 or $50 or $60 or $70 to replace the car in five years,” he explained.
“You’re going to have to replace it, so why not save $50,000?”
Brown is hopeful that the organization will have enough members to help save cars and vehicles that are no longer needed.
“A lot of people are still driving cars that have value, and they’re still driving them.
And that’s the way to go,” he suggested.