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There are dozens of used car lots in Joplin, but none like the Public Park & ​​Sell Auto Mall at 4241 S. Main St.

Nowhere else in Joplin will you find a 1940 Cadillac Fleetwood or a 1960 Ford Thunderbird on the sales lot. How about a 1949 Diamond T truck or a 1950 Ford Custom? These vehicles are often in new condition and suitable for collectors, as many of them were once owned by collectors. Some are restomods, a classic car that has been restored but modified with modern parts and technology. The vehicle looks the same until you look under the hood.

“If it rolls or floats, I have it,” said Michael Webb, owner of the auto consignment center. “If I don’t have it, I can get it.”

Webb even sold planes, but his specialty is the Chevrolet Corvette. He now has three models on his land and more are on the way.

“I’ve sold cars all over the world,” he said. “Australians love American cars. I sent Corvettes to Australia. I sent a Mercedes back to Germany where it was made.

Recently, a customer asked him to find him a Thunderbird. Webb found the model he was looking for in a collection. Two weeks after delivery, the customer decided the car was not for him because he was too tall to sit comfortably in the front seat. The car is now on the sales lot. Webb can have up to 50 vehicles on his lot at any one time. It’s not just the cars. It sells trucks, vans, recreational vehicles, trailers, boats and many motorcycles, including some vintage models.

Webb got his start in auto sales about 55 years ago when he worked the used car lot at Frank Scott Dodge, B and Main streets. From there, he specialized in Corvettes. When the property at 4241 S. Main became available, he jumped at the chance to open a public park and sell. It was six years ago. His business has now become the place where local collectors – and there are many in Joplin with substantial collections – go to move their cars.

It’s also become a place where collectors can look for cars or trucks they might want to add to their collections.

“It’s a great location because it’s so close to Interstate 44. We have thousands of vehicles passing here on Main Street every day,” he said.

Some people just stop by to look at what he has for sale on the lot. It’s like a car show that refreshes every week with new vehicles.

Not all cars are classics. Some are drivers. Some don’t even work. If there is something wrong with a vehicle, Webb will disclose the issues to a potential buyer.

Webb operates a website that displays the vehicles he has for sale. Unlike some car sales bundles, the cars you see advertised are the cars you get. There is no bait and switch with fake photos distorting what is for sale. Webb handles all advertising and materials associated with the sale.

Used car prices have skyrocketed over the past year. Webb said it was because of the shortage of computer chips. Automakers don’t have enough chips to make new cars.

“Because of the chip problem, it is difficult to get a new car. This caused used car prices to double,” he said. “That’s why the used car market is so strong now.”

There are times when Webb gets a car he really likes, which makes it hard for him to let them go to a new owner. The Cadillac is an example.

“This 1940 Cadillac Fleetwood has a flathead V-8. It has the original interior and two spare tires,” he said. lost in a game of poker. When you ride in it, you don’t even hear the motor, it’s so quiet. I love driving this car.

It could be your Cadillac for $30,000.

Third Thursday

The public service-themed third Thursday in April kicks off at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday in downtown Joplin.

Small businesses, artists, nonprofits and others who want booth space on Third Thursday can apply through downtownjoplin.com/third Thursday. Registration closes the first Monday of each month before the event.

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