Article and photos by Stephen Sessa
Bill Talbott has seen and driven more cars than he can remember in the past 50years in the automobile business. But it wasn’t until a few years ago in Greensboro where he attended a Classic Car Auction that the collecting bug got him. Now years later Bill has an even dozen fully restored cars. In addition to being a gear head himself, he has the the expertise of his staff at Greenbrier Motors, in Greenbrier County West Va, to help him achieve the beauty of his collection. The 51 Mercurey is the pride and joy of the lot, a car he always wanted because his grandfather owned one. The one he found was in tough shape with a lot of rust, but after a lot of work, it is now a show stopper with a 5.7 Heme. Over 15 cow hides were needed to reupholster the interior. As we toured the collection I could see the satisfaction in Bill’s face, not the look of possession, but joy in finding a hobby that combined a keen interest in cars and a career that helped a lot of people get behind the wheel. I asked him if he drives them much, not as much as his grandson was the reply.