Collection of 150 old Chevys auctioned off in Blue Eye

Published: Oct. 1, 2016 at 7:04 PM CDT
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Bill Pinkley loved cars. Actually, he preferred the ones with a stovebolt logo.

"He loved Chevys," says Misty Wilkinson, Pinkley's daughter. "And so if he found one, it was the chase. It was the, 'Can I get them to go down a little bit?' He taught me how to bargain with vehicles."

Pinkly, a farmer, collected over 150 vehicles, most of which sat collecting rust in the hills of Lampe Missouri.

Bill passed away in 2009. Now his family is auctioning off everything from '57 Bel Airs, to 60's muscle cars, to pickup trucks. The cars which were in the best condition are remaining in the family.

Over 500 people from around the country are bidding on fixer-uppers, or just parts to help restore their project car.

In order to have the auction, they had to pull all of Pinkley's cars out of the woods. One pickup truck had a tree growing up through the grill. It had to be cut at the base to be hauled to auction and the people who bought it say they'll carve the remaining section of tree into a hood ornament and put the truck on display in a Harrison Arkansas tire shop.

For Bill's children and grandkids, the cars are full of memories.

"He would make his kids go out there and wash them and he'd pay us a dollar each car. So when you're a kid you think that's a lot," says Jordan Badley, Pinkley's granddaughter.

Bill was a quadruple amputee after an electrical accident in 1966.

"He didn't have any arms and legs but he could drive, he worked on the tractor, he did all kinds of stuff and mom was right there with him helping him, she changed transmissions in the cars," says Wilkinson. "She was his hands and feet," says Badley.

Badley and Wilkinson say Pinkley always had a positive outlook.

With prosthetic legs and hooks, nothing could keep Bill from his passion.

"He enjoyed cars. He enjoyed working for what he had... We miss him. I miss him, I know I cry over him," says Wilkinson.

Some of the people Bill got the cars from are now buying them back.

It's hard for the family to see Bill's cars roll away.

"It's sad, but it's also joyful they're going to be fixed up," says Wilkinson. "We're just glad they're getting put back into those people's hands so they can restore them and have those memories, cause memories are important."