“It doesn’t matter if you are 16, 22, 40, 82 or 90. Everyone loves a Ford Mustang.”
This is just one of many observations Doyle Marshall has made about Americans and their love of automobiles. Doyle knows a thing or two about cars. He is co-chair of the New Braunfels Area Car Club Swap Meet and one of the directors of the club, which has been in existence for over 30 years.
Doyle found his 1965 Ford Mustang in 1981. It was the first car he restored.
“There were tons of them at the time,” he said. “Parts were cheap. You could always find parts at the Ford dealership.
The Mustang was everyone’s sports car. Cars could be found for a base price of less than $2,500 in 1965, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.
When Doyle found his in a yard, it was destroyed on one side. He took it home on a trailer and got to work.
He took it apart and carefully resurrected it, including the Silver Smoke Gray exterior color and black interior.
“It’s a three-speed standard, with a six-cylinder engine,” Doyle explained.
It was the forerunner of muscle cars, when V8 engines were added for the muscled versions of the Mustang and when the Pontiac GTOs were in their heyday.
Doyle’s Mustang also has factory-added air conditioning.
“If you chose air conditioning, the parts would be put in the trunk of the car and sent to the dealership. The dealership would then install the air conditioning,” Doyle explained.
Doyle’s wife, Marilyn, helps with car restorations, including her own 1955 MG TF.
They call the car Marilyn’s MG.
“But he only calls it that when it’s broken”, declared Marilyn smiling.
The specific model was only made from 1954 to 1955.
The couple found the English roadster at the Pate Swap Meet near Fort Worth. It’s the largest car swap meet in Texas. They found the car in 1982, a year after Doyle found his Mustang.
“We lived in California for two years when Doyle was in the Navy,” Marilyn explained. “There were a lot of these types of cars out there, and I always knew I wanted a car like this.”
As with the Mustang, they took it apart and painstakingly rebuilt it, right down to the tan leather interior. The exterior color, Matador Red, closely matches the original factory shade of red.
Doyle grew up working on cars, learning from his father. His first car was the family car, a 1953 Pontiac.
He taught his daughter Sherry how to work on her 1966 Ford Custom when she was in high school. Now this car sits in a garage with a 1928 Model A that belongs to Marilyn’s grandfather. Both are future restoration projects.
Restoring cars takes time and patience, Doyle said.
It’s like solving a puzzle.
“That’s the fun part,” he explained.
Finding the pieces of the puzzle is one of the main reasons the New Braunfels Area Car Club Swap Meet exists, Doyle added.
For three days (April 22-24 this year), car enthusiasts can browse all kinds of auto parts vendor booths at the Comal County Fairgrounds to find the missing parts needed to complete their automotive projects. . The swap meet includes everything from hubcaps to headlights. Anything in between can also be found.
“You might see things that you don’t know what they are, but for someone else, that’s exactly what they need,” Doyle said.
It tells the story of a participant who attended the event with a sign on his back that read, “Need parts for a 1947 Dodge.”
It’s a treasure hunt in the grandest way for car enthusiasts. This year has 355 suppliers. The Car Corral offers cars for sale. There will also be a car show, as well as food trucks.
Almost every type of automobile is represented by automobile club members, including antiques, hot rods, muscle cars, or even retro mod cars – retro cars that have been modified with new transmissions.
For Doyle, he misses the years when cars were simpler.
“Before computers, you knew how to fix the car,” he said.
His dream car is the 1964 Pontiac Catalina 2+2.
He and Marilyn realize that nostalgia plays a big role in their passion for cars.
“We sometimes take the cars to nursing homes,” Marilyn said. “And we always hear, ‘I had a car like that. “”
For more information on the New Braunfels Area Car Club Swap Meet, visit www.newbraunfelsareacarclub.com.