Peter Bouchard is an avid collector of cars and has collected dozens over the past 15 years. His preference in owning classic automobiles sways towards vehicles from the ‘60s and ‘70s, an era that Peter Bouchard feels has the greatest cars. At any given time, Peter has between seven and ten classic cars in his collection.
The first classic muscle car Mr. Bouchard acquired was a 1963 Chevy Corvette with a split window. He purchased the car through a Corvette dealer who acquired the car from the original owner. Peter Bouchard recalls that the car was unusual because it was originally purchased by an older lady who had factory settings that were uncommon in 1963 like air conditioning, power windows, and power locks, which made the car rare. When it was time to part with it, Peter Bouchard found a loving home for the car with a gentleman in Florida who he corresponds with about the vehicle and sees pictures of occasionally.
The crown jewel of Peter Bouchard’s vehicle collection is a 1956 Chevy Pickup truck that was he had customized on appearance on Hotrod TV. The car consists of the front end of a ’56 Chevy Truck and the bed of a truck from 1998. It was from Mr. Bouchard’s appearance on Hotrod TV that piqued Johnny Depp and his entourage’s interested in having the crew do a car for Mr. Depp. Peter jokingly says that he loves the truck so much that wants to be buried with it if he doesn’t pass it along to his daughter who also loves the vehicle.
Other unique vehicles in Peter Bouchard’s collection include a late ‘60s Plymouth Road Runner with a Hemi engine that was rebuilt over an 18-month period. Mr. Bouchard also has a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that has a Police Interceptor engine. This car was featured on the cover of a nationally distributed car magazine. One of Peter’s newer collectable cars is a 2005 Dodge Magnum that has won numerous awards.
Peter Bouchard relates that different collectors have different reasons for acquiring classic cars. Some enjoy showing them off at shows, other like the investment, but Mr. Bouchard enjoys driving his cars and believes cars are meant to be used and not just looked at. Mr. Bouchard recalls owning a rare 1967 Shelby GT 500 and driving it in downtown Portland, Maine. He would park it at a meter and other passersby were very surprised to see him driving around.