Don Damon nearly bought a new '58 Pontiac as a young man, but opted for a '58 Chevy instead. "Back then, if you were a kid and you didn't have a Chevy, you were nothing," he says. Since winning $96.6 million in the lottery, he was able to track down this beautiful chopped purple and white '58 Pontiac Star Chief, making that long-ago dream come true.
Damon has a small collection of VW Beetles, most of them bought with the idea of offering local drivers fuel-efficient collector cars. "That car also came with a bicycle painted the same as the car," he said.
A super-low-mileage 1963 Impala hardtop is powered by a 340-horsepower 409 V-8. The car, with barely 5,000 miles on the odometer, is unrestored, original. Its original owner died overseas, and the car was maintained by his family until it was finally sold at auction to Damon.
One of the surprises purchased by Damon was this nicely restored silver-blue Austin Healey roadster. "I didn't look at the engine until later ... and found out it had a 302 Ford under the hood," Damon said.
One of the MoPars on display is this bright green 1970 Roadrunner equipped with a flamed pro-stock-style hood scoop. "It came up toward the end of the sale and it was going very reasonable ... so I bought it," said Damon.
Damon has bought several special vehicles at the Barrett-Jackson auctions sold for charities, including this Rusty Wallace custom-built motorcycle. It's not uncommon for him to resell charity vehicles, donating the extra money raised to the organization.
One of the true classics in the Damon collection is this beautiful blue 1948 Packard convertible, powered by a high-torque straight-8 engine. "Our sales manager told me this is the smoothest car he's ever driven," Damon said.
If this black-and-white police cruiser looks familiar, it should. The 1962 Ford 4-door carries the Mayberry sheriff's badge on its doors and is equipped with the big red cherry on top and the long police radio with whip antenna, as used by Andy and Barney in the classic TV series.
Damon bought a former GM dealership in downtown Great Bend to house part of his ever-growing vintage car collection. The '64 Ford Galaxie convertible in the foreground, a big block V-8, 2-4 barrel, 4-speed car, is one of his favorites to drive.