Mark Pieloch’s love affair with cars began when he was a child, riding alongside his older brothers in their 1960s muscle cars. An avid collector, his extensive collection of American classic and vintage cars contains some of the most unusual makes and models ever made in the United States. Pieloch also loves the challenge of bringing old, battered cars back to their original glory.
Pieloch’s first restoration project was borne of necessity. His dad gave him a 1967 Ford Ranch Wagon to use when he went to college. The car had over 130,000 miles on it and needed some work. Without the financial means to pay for someone to repair the car, Pieloch took the project on and restored it to brand new condition. He did such a good job that the car was stolen a month after he moved to Boston for school. But that didn’t deter him. His first project sparked his interest and he enjoyed the process of taking a beat-up car and restoring it so it performed and looked like new car. For Pieloch, restoration is an artistic challenge, much like creating a masterpiece. His next restoration project was a 1965 Mustang GT Fastback. After that, there was no stopping him. He restored several Mustangs, Camaros and Bel Airs, rarely selling any. After all of his hard work, he found it impossible to let them go.
The Mark Pieloch Classic Car Collection has over 130 classic and antique vehicles. All American made, each is either a low mileage original or full frame-off restoration, restored to national show-winning standards. The collection includes over 25 Indy 500 pace cars, including a rare 1955 Bel Air Convertible and a 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Convertible. Over 25 of the cars in the collection have less than 100 original miles. The collection contains a complete set of Boss Mustangs from 1969-1971. The collection has several very rare cars, such as a 1966 Yenko Corvair race car, a 1968 Yenko Camaro with only 5,800 original miles and a 1969 Yenko Camaro with 9,900 original miles that was Don Yenko’s personal car, known as “UNO.” One of the most rare cars in the collection is a 1972 Yenko Vega Wagon. Only 50 were ever produced and Pieloch’s is the only one known to still exist. His 1981 Yenko Camaro Stage III Turbo Charged is only one of three ever produced and the only one known in existence. Numerous 1955 and 1957 Chevrolets, Fords, Mercurys, Bel Airs, convertibles, Nomads and pickups round out the vehicle collection. His collection of classic cars has won over 80 First Place National Car Show awards.
In addition to the vehicles themselves, Mark also collects car-related memorabilia. Vintage artifacts include more than three dozen restored antique gas pumps, over two dozen restored antique pedal cars, over a dozen antique radios (including an extremely rare 1949 Coca Cola table top radio), more than a dozen restored antique balloon-tire bikes, over 100 restored neon auto signs, a restored 1952 Seeburg Model 100 jukebox and several antique restored soda coolers.
Currently, the Pieloch Classic Car Collection is located in Syracuse, Nebraska. Pieloch is building a new facility to house the collection in Florida. Completion is expected within the next two years.