Massive collections of disused parts and vehicles can be a vital resource for anyone restoring a car, looking for odds and ends, or just looking for a new project. However, these caches of automotive history are gradually dwindling. What is an enthusiast’s treasure is the trash of a casual observer, and without an owner to constantly steer the wheel and keep these businesses running, things can become abandoned in a hurry. That’s what’s at risk with Mo-Par City, Oregon, Illinois.
Larry Pontnack is the owner and operator of this huge collection of vintage Chrysler cars and parts outside of Chicago. And as he says Dodge Garage, He’s retiring. Everything must go, or the business must find a new owner. If none of that happens, that’s bad news for the Mopars Pontnack yard that has accumulated over five decades. The crusher could be their final destination.
There’s a good reason to save it beyond the fact that automotive history will be lost if it’s not. Pontnack tells Dodge Garage that the operation has been profitable for a long time, and he mocks anyone who calls his pride and joy a dumping ground. Indeed, a look at its terrain from above on Google shows that the yard at its facility is neatly curated – perfect rows of vintage Mopars ripe for picking.
This place, in short, has it all – engines, transmissions, steering wheels, shifters, exterior trim, and even entire cars. If you own a vintage Chrysler product, there’s probably a part for you. Most of the old school Mopar body styles are represented, from A-body to E-body.
If you’re feeling more ambitious, forget about buying just one piece, buy it all! Talk to Dodge Garage, Pontnack says he wants to find the right buyer. Above all, he wants his life’s work to continue and continue to help the community.
With spots like this seeming to disappear day by day, hopefully someone takes the reins.