Odessa Couple With One Of A Kind Collection

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- For anyone who wants to know what it was like to live in the past, just take peek into Ron and Carole Smith's garage and you're practically living the 50's.

"It's like therapy when you get in one of those, people give you the thumbs up and wave, people relate to the old stuff," said Ron Smith.

"The 50's, I love 50's stuff. I'm so bad, I buy anything that looks pretty. I'll go into a store and buy whatever I like" Carole Smith said.

Carole and Ron collect everything from valuable antique china, to a limited edition Christmas village, but its Ron's passion for classic cars that means the most.

"It costs you, but to get a car like this is worth the money. We had cars back in high school. We just grew up with cars. Went to California every year growing up, cause that's where hot rods were," Ron said.

His garage is filled with a unique variety of some of the greatest classics ever to roll off the assembly lines; a '68 Chevy Impala SS, a '32 Ford Roadster in teal and yellow just to name a few.

"It's just a great hobby to be in. You meet a lot of people. It's just a good thing to invest in,"  Ron said.

"I love them. I love to ride in them. It's funny, people will wave at you, you would think they'd wave anyway, but being in one of those will get you some waves," Carole said.

Ron says he cherishes his treasures from the 50's, because it's the era from which he remembers the most.

"Back in the day there weren't any problems. The worse thing is stealing somone's hubcaps. It's the 50's, if you've seen American Graffiti, that's what it was like. It was an era of innocence,"  Ron said.