Otto Meyer did not realize the vehicle he towed later would be his own.
Meyer, of Mendota, pulled up to a 1970 Chrysler 300 that hit a light pole while towing for the Prescott Brothers Mendota dealership. The owner could not be found and the vehicle was towed back to the garage where it remained for a year.
But it never quite left Meyer’s mind.
“I had it sitting here for a year, and the more I looked at it the more I thought, ‘You know that’s a pretty nice vehicle,’ and then I’d look again and think, ‘I wouldn’t mind having something like that.’ ”
The vehicle was only 5 years old and came with just about every accessory that could be put on in the factory, including an eight-track player, powered vent windows and automatic heating and air conditioning, which was rare for the '70s, and continued to work.
Meyer was able to make contact with the lien holder and purchased the vehicle for himself.
The odometer reads 78,000 miles, and Meyer has taken it to car shows in Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis and many more locations over the past four decades. He also takes it to a number of local shows and is a member of the WPC Club, which meets in the suburbs.
Meyer said he's always been a fan of vehicles that retain many of their original features and said the car's size attracts attention.
“Most of them say they’ve never seen one so big, or so long. I was sitting next to a guy with a little Pontiac and he said, ‘I could probably fit my car in your trunk,’ ” Meyer recalled with a laugh.
His love of cars continues to this day. Otto, 87, still works for Prescott Brothers Mendota and transports cars across the Midwest.