A man has become a part of the local history, and now he’s getting a new life as an antique car enthusiast.
Joe O’Connell, 63, was among the first to discover an old Chevrolet Corvette in his garage in the suburbs of Boston in September 2015.
“When I saw it, I thought it was a real gem, like nothing else in the world,” he said.
“But it was so much more than that.
It was my life.”
O’Connell has become an avid collector, and he is currently working to restore the car to its original condition.
“I’m working on it every day.
I have to get it up to its full glory,” he told ABC News.
“It’s a really neat car.
It’s got a lot of history, so I think it’s time to bring it back to its glory.”
The owner of the car is currently renovating the car for the first time since it was sold in the 1970s.
O’Donnell is not the only car collector to become an enthusiast.
The original owner of a 1959 Chevrolet Camaro was also a fan of vintage cars, and that man is now a self-proclaimed collector himself.
“It’s such a special car.
I’ve always loved cars.
It just feels so right to me.
I love this car,” said Tom M. of New England, Massachusetts.”
This is a car that was very much an ‘exotic’ car, a big luxury car,” he added.
Tom M. and Tom M are the first two people to own a Corvette from the early 1950s.
They are both avid Corvette fans.
In the 1970’s, Tom M also found a 1967 Corvette on eBay, and bought it for $7,000.
Since then, he has been able to preserve the car in various states of restoration.
“My wife has had the car, and it’s been restored to a perfect working condition.
It looks like a real car,” Tom M said.
“I’ve had the engine working in the car since 1974, and I’ve been able work with it for many years.
I’m hoping to bring that back to the people who are in need of it.”
Tom M, who owns a small antique car shop in Boston, has been restoring cars to their original condition since the early 1970s, and has spent years working with the original owner.
For Tom M, restoring cars like this one to their previous glory is part of his life.
O’Neill says he has never seen a Corvette that was so old, but he has seen many cars from the 1960s that are in good condition.
“[I’ve] seen it come apart and come back together in the same shape it was in the day,” he explained.
“These are things that I’ve never seen before.”
When Tom M bought the Corvette in 1974, it was the first car he owned.
Now, he hopes to preserve it as much as possible for future generations.
“To be able to do that, and see the beauty of it, is just a wonderful thing,” he stated.