Some of you may know Joe Floyd as the one of the former owners of KELOLAND TV and MidContinent Communications.
But what you probably don’t know about him is that there’s another side to Joe Floyd that really drives another one of his passions.
This 1936 stainless steel Ford belongs to Joe Floyd, that is, until this Friday.
That’s when the new 10,000 square foot addition to the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum in Auburn, Indiana officially opens.
The sedan is the pride and joy of Floyd’s collection of 17 cars that he donated to the museum and will now be on permanent display recognizing Floyd and his pristine collection.
“Inside the gallery where the cars are, it not only tells the story of the cars, it tells the story of how we found the cars and how we restored some of the cars and issues like that,” Floyd said.
Floyd’s passion for Fords began early in life.
“I was just one of those kids, who grew up in the 50s, we all had Fords, we used to race down Main Street at night to see what you could possibly do,” Floyd said.
As you can see in his shop in Harrisburg, Floyd still has a huge collection of cars. He just bought another one the other day. He says he’ll miss the ones he donated, but he also knows they’ll be well taken care of for the next generation and beyond to enjoy.
“There’s a lot of collections like this privately held throughout the United States and the only way they will really be preserved is to place them in the hands of organizations that are dedicated to that type of activity,” Floyd said.
Floyd says his collection of Fords he donated to the museum appraised at just over $3 million.
The ribbon cutting for the new addition, that Floyd also donated money to to house his collection, is this Friday. He and his son will be there.