James Palmer scored his first collector car in the best way possible – his 1970 Buick Skylark convertible was given to him by his parents. OK, he actually traded for it – Mom and Dad got his 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera – but both sides were happy with the deal, and now James enjoys taking summer drives in northern Michigan with his wife and daughters, just as his family did when he was a teenager. “The girls love it,” James said of his daughters, ages 8, 6 and 4. “You can’t beat the sound of backseat laughter.” When James was hired at Hagerty, he had just graduated from seminary and was looking for steady work so he could keep up with the bills. But while James still performs some pastoral functions, he never left Hagerty. “I grew to love it,” he said. We aren’t surprised.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2012/08/14/our-cars-james-palmers-buick-skylark-convertible